Aboriginal art originates from Australia over 30,000 years ago. Aborigines began painting on rocks and inside caves with earth tone or neutral colors. Students learned that back then they couldn’t go to the store to buy paint; they had to find things in nature to make their own paint. Today Aboriginal Art has three main characteristics, dots, symbols and/or animals. Aborigines filled their space and did not leave any negative (empty space) in their art. The Aborigines used symbols in their art to document their travels and experiences. Students learned that different countries/cultures have different meanings for different symbols. Students were also introduced to REPITION and UNITY and how to create/find that in a piece of art.
The 4th grade students had to choose an animal native to Australia to have as the focal point of their art. Students create various aboriginal symbols throughout their animal and background using dots. Students had to fill their background space with dots and patterns.