Aboriginal Dot Art Lesson – An Outback Painting

Aboriginal dot art lesson

Aboriginal Dot Art Lesson

Yesterday we did an Aboriginal dot art lesson in our homeschool. We were inspired by two Australian Picture Books.

We used:

  • art paper,
  • acrylic paints,
  • cotton buds for the big dots,
  • toothpicks for the little dots,
  • and one child decided to use Textas.

Lizard – Miss 7

Aboriginal dot art lessons lizard

Western Desert Art

is style of painting used by Aboriginals in the desert regions of Australia. Dot paintings today are recognised globally as unique to Australian Aboriginal art. Aboriginal dot paintings tell a story and often have secret meanings.

Uluru by Miss 11
Footprint in texta – Master 9
Aboriginal dot art lesson footprint

This painting style arose from the Papunya art movement in the 1970s when Aboriginal artist began to paint their stories on to canvas. They paint with circles, spirals, lines, dashes and dots, the traditional visual language of the Western Desert Aboriginal People. Bright colours are now more common with the use of acrylic paint, but traditional dot painters used natural pigments such as ochre and crushed seeds.

To see some more great childrens’ picture books with this style I suggest looking through work from Bronwyn Bancroft.

MIne – age ?

Aboriginal Dot Painting lizard

This was a fun art lesson for someone who can’t draw. I enjoyed just dotting around.

This activity was from Australian Book Traveller.
Australian Book Traveller

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  1. mummabare  December 26, 2010

    There are many different styles of Aboriginal art, I highly recommend checking the local artists in your region, and discovering what styles/schools exist there.

    Local exhibitions are usually free and a great source of inspiration. My favorite styles are those that are contemporary and push boundaries….its great to look at with children and talk about what they think the artist might be painting about…other goods questions to explore are what materials are used and why?

    Using what you learn about Aboriginal art is a great platform for exploring your own heritage and how you can connect and express yourself with materials and styles that are important to you 😉

    Love you blog, very interesting.

  2. John Alex  August 16, 2010

    Very cool and especially dot works is looking too beautiful. Australian aboriginal artists can speak with the spirit world through their art and aboriginal paintings. Thanks for sharing these dot works paintings.

    Alex – Aboriginal Art

  3. Anonymous  January 24, 2010

    we are doing aborigine art too in my class.
    but i have to do a presentation by myself about it for homework.
    it's great fun though and i love all the colours with the animals, as you can see i love art.

  4. Leanne  July 30, 2009

    That looked like loads of fun.
    inspired me with a new idea.


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