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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Kandrbrt
Thu, 29 Aug 1996 10:59:49 -0400
I have been looking into Aboriginal art from Australia for one of my lessons.
The dreamtime paintings seem to have some special qualities that would engage
young artists--like the use of "x-ray" method of depicting animal's bones.
The theme of dreams has many avenues for exploration. I was also going to use
an artist named Joel Nakamura who is featured in this month's (Sept.-Oct.)
issue of Communications Arts magazine. You have to check him out!!! Dreamtime
paintings can be done on brown paper bags (I think the traditional medium is
a bark paper) that have been torn on the edges and distressed a little. You
could also check out the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles--they are
having a show of Aboriginal paintings. Maybe they have a web site or you
could call for a catalog of the show--or maybe they have a video. I also
found a web site called "Arts Australia" that has color images of dream time
paintings. In terms of literature, I don't know if "Mutant Message Down
Under" would be a little too complex for middle school--but you could give it
a read and see what you could get out of it. I can't remember the name of the
author--I loaned it out. Hope this is interesting info--let me know what you
can conjure up!!
Sincerely, Teri Brudnak
Corona del Mar High School
Newport Beach, Calif.