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Re: re: videos

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Apr 03 2002 - 15:45:34 PST


I have done the same aboriginal art lesson with both 4th and 7th graders. I showed them some examples. Then we talked about how they aboriginal peoples used symbols to represent important events in their lives. I told them that the works were called "dream paintings" but that it was more about their hopes and dreams for their lives, not night time dreams.

I did an example with three spirals at the bottom, all different colors...with dotted lines the went up the page, sort of overlapping and intersecting with each other. I told the students that the three swirls were me, my mother and my sister...and that the dotted lines were how our lives go together, but also how they are separate. I gave my sister three dotted lines coming out of her swirl because she has three children....etc...etc...

I don't know if that helps...but I also had the students do a little writing to discuss the symbols and colors they used. I did this with brown kraft paper (torn into rough looking squares) and a pencil eraser. Small amounts of tempera. They loved painting with erasers.

Hope this helps!!!

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