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Appreciating Indigenous Australian Artwork. Michael Nelson Jagamara. Kangaroo Ancestor . Acrylic on linen . Artist Biography. Name: Michael Nelson Jagamara Date of Birth: 1945 Country: Mt Singleton, Pikilyi - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Appreciating Indigenous Australian Artwork

Appreciating Indigenous Australian ArtworkMichael Nelson Jagamara

Kangaroo Ancestor

Acrylic on linen Artist BiographyName: Michael Nelson JagamaraDate of Birth: 1945Country: Mt Singleton, Pikilyi

Michael Nelson Jagamara is a senior Warlpiri tribesman from the Western Desert, Northern Territory and custodian of many Dreaming stories.

Awards:1984, First Prize, Inaugural National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin;1993, Visual Arts/Crafts Board Fellowship;

Commissions:1987, Sydney Opera House, 27 foot long painting, for foyer;1988, designer of Mosaic for forecourt of new Parliament House, Canberra; 1989, BMW Art Car Project, painted M3 Racing Car

Other Works of the Artist

Syllabus Links Visual ArtsVAS2.1 Represents the qualities of experiences and things that are interesting or beautiful by choosing among aspects of subject matter.seeks to investigate traditions in art suited to different subject matter (eg the landscape, the figure, the narrative, formal and abstract properties, the use of symbols) and uses these in their art making.VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.Identifies Aboriginal symbols in painted art works and artworks of their own

Appreciating ArtVAS2.3 Acknowledges that artists make artworks for different reasons and that various interpretations are possible.

Syllabus Links HSIE and EnglishHSIECulture: Identities

CUS2.3 Explains how shared customs, practices, symbols, languages and traditions in communities contribute to Australian and community identities.

Identifies some significant customs, practices and traditions of their local community, beginning with Aboriginal people Gathers information about the roles, symbols and practices of some community groups Listens to and retells traditional, religious and ethical stories that relate to some groups in the Australian community, eg Dreaming storiesENGLISHLearning to talk and listen

TS2.1: Communicates in informal and formal classroom activities in school and social situations for an increasing range of purposes on a variety of topics across the curriculum.

How would this look in a classroom?Introduce the artwork and find out the students prior knowledge by asking questions (THINK, PAIR, SHARE)Look at the artwork in detail including techniques and skills used. Decode the symbols and determine the meaning of the artworkStudents sit in a circle and participate in the story activity.

DifferentiationCultural IntegrationLearning styles - Kinaesthetic: manipulation of concrete materials - Visual: pictures of the work- Auditory: discussionTools suited to children of all abilities as they are using different brushes of different sizes

Class Discussion:


What do you know about Aboriginal Art?

Do you think that the symbols have meaning? Why/why not?

Look at the dots, how do you think they did these?

Kangaroo Ancestor

Picture retrieved from: PaintingColourColour: why do you think the artist has strayed from traditional colours 10Techniques and SkillsPointillism - The painting is created using countless tiny dots of pure colour, placed in close proximity to each other.LineColourRepetitionSymbolism

Dot Painting: Dot painting consists of various traditional paint colours like yellow (the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and the sky). Dot paintings can be painted on anything though in aboriginal times they used to paint dot pictures on rocks, caves etc. They used to paint stories and legends from their culture.

Pictures retrieved from: symbols were used as a means of communication; communication of their lives on earth, their rituals, food, customs and also to show constellations and for ritual decorations. These works were almost always ceremonial or religious.

Symbols were used in order to show the presence of different things or objects that existed around them.Unlike the well-known artists you've studied, Aboriginal artists created their works based on how the land was created,basing their subject matter mainly on patterns and animals.

These patterns and symbols were created using only the colours seen in nature, (for instance soil, was seen in tints of reds, yellows and browns ochres. White, clay and charcoal colours were also used from natural materials.

Thousands of years ago, Aboriginals would create their works using only the natural materials left around them, (such as bark, clay, logs, trees, burnt sticks, rocks, etc....

The backgrounds of these art works were never blank. There is always a continuous use of dotting, patterns, lines or hatching to create a sense of movement within the work. These works of art could be labelled as Abstract.

12Questioning Encouraging Deeper ThinkingStory Time What is your interpretation?

What do you think the artist is trying to tell us?

Why did the artist paint the story not write it?

Kangaroo Ancestor as a SpringboardActivities The students are seated in a circle. They determine the symbols in the painting and orally share their ideas about what they think may have happened in the painting story. This is directly linked to HSIE as the students are learning about Aboriginal Identities and way of life and to English as the students are creating an oral narrative. Objects painted by Aboriginal people such as clap sticks or a boomerang with paintings are brought in so children can examine them.

Children can do their own Indigenous Artwork using symbols that reflects their identity. The children may choose to do it on paper or can use other materials such as a paper towel roll which would be similar to a didgeridoo, fostering creativity. Identity and way of life orally sharing stories, passed through generations. Symbols represent Aboriginal customs and traditions in their way of life for example the spear is a hunting tool that they use, the kangaroo a native Australian animal which they hunted. 14Resources Board of Studies HSIE SyllabusNSW Board of Studies Creative Arts Syllabus