Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Art Club Aboriginal-Inspired Paintings

Here are a few of the finished Aboriginal-inspired acrylic paintings. I LOVE them!

The first through sixth graders started with photographs of Australian animals, paper sacks, and a sharpie.
We talked about the dream time paintings of the First Peoples of Australia, and how they adapted their traditional symbols from body, bark, sand, and rock wall paintings, to using them in acrylic paintings in the 1970's.

After drawing with Sharpie, we wadded them up a few times to soften the paper, and then ironed them flat. We used a limited palette of warm earth tones along with black and white, but with all the color mixing, the kids came up with some WONDERFUL colors!

I'll have to share more with you in at least a couple more posts, I just LOVE them. (Oh, I think I already said that... ) :D

Make it a wonderful day!


  1. These painting are great! What fun. I love the photo with all the painting hanging together. Can I be in your art class?

  2. Stephanie, these are really wonderful! I wish I had an empty wall and could have them to look at every day. These are talented kids and they have a pretty exceptional teacher too! Good work!

  3. These are amazing. Can you give some instruction on how to make these? We do a lot of art at home but have never done anything like this. Really fantastic work!

  4. These are wonderful too. I may have to get my Art Club workingon these. jan

  5. I am doing this project right now with my 3rd-5th graders and they LOVE it! Especially the part where they get to crumple up their paper. I can't wait to see these! Thanks for the fantastic idea! I love your blog :)

  6. I am doing this project right now with my 3rd-5th graders and they LOVE it! I can't wait to see how they turn out. Thank you so much for this great idea! I love reading your blog, it's helped me a lot as a new teacher :)