4th grade began by drawing & cutting out a black paper silhouette of an animal. "Then students drew one or two x-ray drawings: an image of one of the animal's bones or organs. The last step was to add patterns of dots to their animals using tempera paint and swabs. Students included an Aboriginal symbol, concentric circles, on the backgrounds of their artworks. The concentric circle stands for family, or a village."

Zilker Elementary Art Class: Grade Aboriginal Dot Paintings (Did the same concept at den meeting, but used AZ Native American animal designs as inspiration. It turned out great!

Traditional Aboriginal Art Symbols

Australian Aboriginal symbols and their meanings. I have always been interested in alphabets, symbols, and icons.

Write a code for a friend. Visit Laughing Kids Learn: Aboriginal Clapping Sticks

Aboriginal Clapping Sticks

Lovely way to incorporate indigenous play into the classroom! These could be used for matching or for storytelling!

Lovely way to incorporate indigenous play into the classroom! These could be used for matching or prompts in literacy.

President's Day Project Based Learning Students research the meaning of the flag and it's symbols and reasoning behind those symbols. Children can bring in an expert who works for the government or perhaps the state capitol. Children then create their own USA flags. To follow up, children draw a picture of themselves with the flag and write why they are proud to be an american.

President's Day Project Based Learning

Aboriginal Dreamtime - Aboriginal Symbols

Art symbols that Aboriginal artists paint to tell the stories of their history and culture, from Aboriginal Dreamtime. Help kids learn how to read an Aboriginal painting, and they might like to try making a painting of their own.

Aboriginal art

Aboriginal style - includes helpful chart to understand symbols which might be used. Good for use with "Walkabout"


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