By Kremeier, Nancy
School Arts , Vol. 100, No. 3
Integration of art with other subject areas has long been one of the goals for my art program. As our third grade classes began their Social Studies unit on Australia, we viewed the video entitled Australian Dreamings. Dreamings, mythical stories used for rituals and art, are an important part of the Aboriginal culture. The Dreaming philosophy, central to the culture, is an explanation of the creation of the world and the meaning of life.
We reviewed several different types of artwork from the regions of Australia. As we discussed the differences between X-ray and Dot styles of painting, students received examples of various Australian animal skeletal structures and symbols used in Papunya dot paintings.
Students planned their subject matter on 12 x 18" tan colored construction paper. Some tore the edges of their paper for a more natural look. Pencil drawings were made using images gathered from resource books and prints of actual paintings. Design aspects and patterning, such as repetition of color, shape, and pattern, were major themes and provided unity to the work. …