The Indigenous Resources Pack ..more contents...
For individuals and groups
An immediate activity using readily available materials and providing
The full colour illustrated work sheets and handouts allow you to give
comprehensive printed instructions backed up by 2 MOVIEs showing techniques;
with commentary by Aboriginal Artist Rick Roser
Explains how beautiful paintings are made with the most basic found materials..........
in true stone age style. Plenty of ochre is supplied with the Indigenous
Resources Pack, enough for a class for up to 10 sessions..6 kilos (charcoal
This Activity shows the use of natural ochres applied with a feather
for a brush.
Alternative materials are suggested, traditional uses are identified
and the Colour printouts provide enough information and illustrations
for an immediate session.
The MOVIES show actual feather brush and dot painting skills in full
Delivery can be in the bush, the garden, or classroom.
Achievable and demonstrable outcomes are:-finished samples, knowledge
of Indigenous Art and Culture and skills gained, collect and analyse information
and materials, working in groups or independently, problem solving, ....
inventions...inspiration.....and a beautiful painting!
Brushes were made from tufts of fur or bark, feathers and sticks
Ancient paintings in caves sometimes describe events that can be scientifically
Like the rising of the seas, the change from lush forest to desert, and
These are ancient events, but Aboriginal elders say that we come from
this country and we have always been here from way, way back in the Dreamtime.
So thats how we know about them.
To make these ancient pigments stick, honey or tree sap was used, or sometimes
just water and it was touched up regularly at ceremonies..........
Ochres have a long history with the human race and many have mythological
and traditional associations with Aboriginee people going back hundreds
Ochre is very important for body painting to this very day.Aboriginal
dancers and performers in the bush or in the city still re enact ancient
adventures of the dream time in their dances
.My ancestors' traditional art style is stencil art. Thats where
you spray the ochre with the mouth.
This ancient stencil art form was once practiced all over the world but
now probably Australia would have the most extensive stencil art sites.
Boomerangs, stone axes, hand signals, even animals were sprayed over as
stencils. These paintings on cave walls in ochre told stories, recorded
history and declared ownership.Simple line and dot paintings were used
to record the many myths and legends of the tribe.They could be interpreted
in many ways so only the fully initiated elders knew the full story......Figures
and symbols were carved into rocks and cave walls by patiently tapping
with a harder rock....... And we still wear ancient traditional ochre
designs painted on our bodies for ceremony and paint with ochres.