Thursday, August 15, 2013

V is for... Virtual Refrigerator: Aboriginal Dot Painting

Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! Each week the blog hop will rotate between A Glimpse of Our LifeAngels of HeartHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. Add your link and then hop over to the other blogs and see what others are sharing! This week Nikki at Angels of Heart is our hostess.

This week I'm going back to our homeschool archives again, and pulling out a project that we did almost three years ago, while studying Australia. We also did a project like this at our co-op class just a couple years ago, but for some unexplained reason, I failed to take pictures of it. Homeschool mom fail. At least I got pictures of Landon's and Kennady's originals the first time around!

Although the term "aboriginal" can refer to the indigenous people of any place, we most often think of Aborigines as the native people of Australia. Many of the paintings that the Australian Aborigines are known for are made up of many dots that make up a pattern or picture. In ancient times, their paints were made out of dirt, plants, seeds, and berries. They painted on cave walls, rocks and stones, tree bark, and on objects such as didgeridoos and boomerangs.

Following the instructions in Geography Through Art, we first drew our design lightly in pencil. Landon chose to do an abstract pattern, and Kennady chose to do a sea turtle. When we did this with our co-op class, we made copies of a turtle outline to make it easier. For younger children, or those who really don't want to draw, try printing a simple outline picture of a flower, an animal (turtles, lizards, fish, or butterflies are good choices).  We used cotton swabs to dot the acrylic paints in a pattern following our outline. I encouraged the kids to use mostly earth toned colors, but the blue was just too tempting!

This post is linked up to the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop at Angels of Heart. Add a link to share your child's art or your arts and crafts how-to posts, and visit the other blogs and admire what's on their Virtual Refrigerators!

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