The head man of the Aboriginal village, Banol, teaches us about some traditional Aboriginal art forms and explains how the Aborigine's art is representative of their environment. Dhalinboy is next to a big river and it is the creatures from this river which dominate the art created here. We join him in front of his shack where he is painting a wooden crane he has carved. He explains its significance and takes us to the school where the children are painting animals from the river. Then he takes us out on his boat to show us the river which they are painting.

This clip is from:
Bitesize Primary, Australia
First broadcast:
25 March 2010

Aboriginal art is plentiful, distinctive and appealing to young children because of its relatively uncomplicated and graphic nature. Images from the internet will give children unfamiliar with it an appreciation of what it is about and the kind of subjects chosen by Aborigines. Supporting explanation from the teacher is useful in giving the work a geographical and cultural context. Using paint brushes to stipple coloured paint to form images onto black paper is a memorable introduction to this style of painting. Children could be given a prepared outline of an animal, bird or insect to work to and block in using this brush technique. Once established, they may be able to create their own design unaided and experiment with different ways of applying the paint to achieve a similar effect.