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Aboriginal Art Lessons

 

Aboriginal Art

 

In our Aboriginal Art Lessons you learn about the symbols, styles and stories of this enduring Australian art form and use that knowledge to create your own drawings and paintings.

  • Symbols and Images: For thousands of years, indigenous Australian artists have used a visual vocabulary of symbols and images to communicate information about their customs and culture. To help you with your Aboriginal inspired artworks, we supply free clip art sheets of the more common symbols and images used in Aboriginal art.
  • Dreaming Stories: These are the creation stories of the Aboriginal people. Each of the stories we feature is illustrated by one of our paintings that represents an aspect of its theme.

 

  • The symbols and images used to create our art lessons are taken from the two pages above. These illustrations are free to download and and print for your own use. The symbols and images are by no means exclusive and you should feel free to add your own.

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Hand Stencils

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Hand Stencils

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson 1: Our first lesson uses the stencil of a hand, the most primal of all symbols, to create an image that speaks of Aboriginal culture.

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Boomerang Designs

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Boomerang Designs

Aboriginal Art Lesson 2: Our second lesson uses our Aboriginal symbols and images to decorate boomerangs that would be used for ceremonial purposes or as art objects for display.

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Dot Art

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - Dot Art

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson 3: Our third lesson uses our Aboriginal symbols and images to explore the dot art painting techniques developed by the Papunya Tula artists, the style that defines modern indigenous Australian art.

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - X-Ray Art

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson - X-Ray Art

 

Aboriginal Art Lesson 4: Our fourth lesson uses Aboriginal symbols and images to explore the 'rarrk' technique of cross hatching that originates from the 'X-Ray' style of traditional bark painting.

The Painting Process for our Page Illustration

Many of the topics in our Aboriginal Art lessons are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. To help you understand the technique used for each painting, we have deconstructed its development in the form of a slide show. Once you see a step by step analysis of how each image is constructed, it may provide you with a model that you can adapt for your own ideas.

(Click on the play buttons or swipe back and forward to explore each stage of our painting.)

The images and symbols used to create our illustrations can be found in our Aboriginal Art Lessons menu below. They are available for you to download to help with creating your own artworks.

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