Aboriginal Art History Game
You will create an Aboriginal dreamtime painting by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it. After each roll, draw the corresponding symbol on scrap construction paper and cut it out. Consider using more than one color of construction paper for each symbol. Glue all five symbols onto a large sheet of paper.
Pour neutral colored paints into small containers. To paint, dip a cotton swab into your chosen color and make dots. Begin with the background by creating curved bands of color that sweep across the page. Then, paint the symbols. Create color patterns within some of the shapes to add emphasis to certain areas of each.
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give them dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to compose an Aboriginal dreaming painting using symbolic imagery painted with dots
- Construction Paper
- Washable Tempera Paints
- Cotton Swabs
You Will Receive
- One 7-page, non-editable PDF (Aboriginal Art History Game)
- Dice game
- Step-by-step picture tutorial and directions
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
What a great way to help the children understand the meaning behind the symbols in Aboriginal Art and create their own designs at the same time!! I know you recommend it for upper but my year Ones loved it. Thanks Anne Marie L.
Purchased for NAIDOC Week but then didn’t need it as I had a parent come in and makes axes but what a GREAT thing to have up my sleeve to embed in my teaching throughout the year instead of just during special Indigenous event times. – Charles L.
The roll an Aboriginal symbol game provided a great hook to create artwork and would also make a great lesson to leave for a relief teacher. – Nicola S.
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