Aboriginal Dot Painting, Two Ways

Third graders traveled to Australia! The indigenous people of this region invented a style of painting composed of a series of dots. These paintings are derived from “sand drawings,” that date back many centuries. In both media, the imagery is inspired by animals of the region or used to communicate elements of the landscape, much in the same way a map functions.  

Students created animal silhouettes based on those animals native to Australia. These silhouettes are the centerpiece of both works of art seen here: one created with sand and the other with dots applied using Q-tips.  

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