Introduction to traditional arts of aboriginal culture and techniques

For students of 8th to 12th grade.

Learning Area(s):  Visual Art
Name: Thinh Nguyen	
Year:  8 
Class Size: 20-25 students	
Duration: double lesson (90 minutes total per week.


Lesson Topic: Introduction to traditional arts of aboriginal culture and techniques.

Lesson description:
This lesson plan is to introduce students to traditional arts of aboriginal culture. By the end of this lesson, students will understand the meanings of symbols used in traditional aboriginal arts and how dreamtime beliefs and the Australian landscape inspired the creation of Aboriginal artwork. Students will put these into good use by practicing and attempting to create an Aboriginal dot painting artwork in the style of an artist Malya Teamay. 

General objectives:
By the end of this lesson students will:
• Experience and produce tradition art from aboriginal culture.
• Learn how dreamtime beliefs and the Australian landscape inspired the creation of Aboriginal artwork.
• Understand the use of symbols in Aboriginal Art. 
• Follow a PowerPoint and contribute to a question and answer to further their learning.
• Learn about traditional arts of aboriginal culture.
• Illustrate movement using the technique of Aboriginal dot painting. 
• Learn about vocabulary terms such dream time, symbols, dreaming, dot painting, spiritual belief, aboriginal and patterns.
• Enhance their understanding and knowledge of the different ways artist used of symbols in traditional aboriginal arts.
• Observe, listen and participate in classroom tasks and follow directions to complete of project. 
• Create a dot painting in the style of an aboriginal Australian artist Malya Teamay.

Resources: 
-Computer (PowerPoint presentation on traditional art of Aboriginal culture).
-Water containers
-Painting brushes/ sticks  
-Acrylic Paints 
-A2 Drawing/ painting  Papers 
-Aprons

ACARA Content Descriptions:

8.1 Combine, adapt and manipulate visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork.

8.4 Practise and refine application of visual conventions, techniques and processes to enhance representation of ideas in their art making. 

8.7 Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art making, starting with visual arts in Australia and including visual arts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

ACARA Content Elaborations:

8.1.3 Observing how artists select and apply different visual arts techniques to represent themes, concepts and ideas and considering how they could use these in their own art making.

8.4.4 Demonstrating awareness of safe studio practices, for example, designing safety posters, or producing film clips.

8.7.2 Respecting cultural practices and sensitivities as they research, analyse and examine the way an artist’s cultural experiences have influenced the representation of their artworks.


ACARA General Capabilities:

Lit: Students develop and using their literacy skills through:
• Engage and participate in class discussions and record their thinking, ideas and questions in journals.

E B: Students develop and using their ethical behaviour through:
• Work cooperatively and contribute positively throughout classroom activities.
• Work safely with equipment.

ICT: Students develop and using their ICT skills through:
•Students will view PowerPoint presentation on traditional aboriginal art connected to a LCD projector.

CaCT: Students develop and using their critical and creative thinking skills through:
•Students will engage in problem solving as they discover the different ways to create and paint their artworks in styles of aboriginal arts.

PaSC: Students develop and using their personal and social competence through:
•Engage and participate in classroom activities e.g. discussions, record their ideas and questions in journals. 


ACARA Cross-Curriculum Priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures: 
Develop deeper knowledge and understanding of traditional, contemporary artworks and different ways of practices of artist within the traditional arts of aboriginal culture.


                   Specific Teaching and Learning Points:

What will I do?:  

•Show a PowerPoint presentation on traditional art of Aboriginal culture and examples of what aboriginal artworks looks like to the students.

• After showing the PowerPoint presentation, the teacher will lead a discussion on: what are some of the techniques used in aboriginal art? What is dream time or dreaming? Why are symbols used in aboriginal art? What technique did they use for painting? Etc.

• The teacher demonstrates to students how to create an aboriginal dot painting using a stick. 

• Have students practice to create an aboriginal dot painting in a style of aboriginal Australian artist Malya Teamay.

• Monitor and circulate around the room to see how students are doing and to make sure they are on task. Offer assistance, clarification and suggestions for students that need additional help, whenever necessary. 

• Tell students to pack up 5 minutes before the end of the class session and ensure equipment’s are put away properly.

• Summarise and conclude the lesson by asking students question like can anyone tell me something that they learned in today’s lesson that you did not know before? 


What will the students do?:

• Students will observe a presentation on traditional art of Aboriginal culture and participate in classroom activities/ discussion.

• Watching and listening to the demonstration.

• Students will attempt to create an aboriginal dot painting in a style of aboriginal Australian artist Malya Teamay.
 
• Clean up 5 minutes prior the end of the class session to ensure all tools are packed up and away properly.

• Respond and answer to any questions that may arise prior to the end of the session.


Formative Assessment / evidence:
The following list of observational assessment throughout the lesson to ensure that students are:
• Observing and listening to classroom instruction
• Participation in class discussion
• Experimenting
• Cooperating with other students and teachers