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Aboriginal Dot Paintings
Transcript of Aboriginal Dot Paintings
(of human races, animals, and plants) inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous.
Australian Aborigines migrated from somewhere in Asia at least 30,000 years ago. Though they comprise 500–600 distinct groups, aboriginal people possess some unifying links. Among these are strong spiritual beliefs that tie them to the land; a tribal culture of storytelling and
; and, like other indigenous populations, a difficult colonial history.
Read more: Aboriginal Australia: History, Culture, and Conflict | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aboriginal1.html#ixzz3Bi8ZEGt1
1. Aboriginal art is based on important ancient
: even contemporary Aboriginal art, is based on stories (Jukurrpa) and symbols centred on
– the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created.
2. Aboriginal art also stands as a written language: Aboriginal art is a major part of the unwritten 'encyclopedia' of being an Aboriginal person and as such it may have many layers of meaning. Australian Aboriginal people have no written language of their own, and so the important stories central to the people's culture are based on the traditional icons (symbols) and information in the artwork
3. Painting on Bark is the oldest form of Aboriginal art but many bark paintings have perished over time.
4. Artists need permission to paint a particular story: Where ancient and important stories are concerned, and particularly those containing secret or sacred information, an artist must have permission to paint the story she or he paints.
Traditional Aboriginal artists cannot paint a story that does not belong to them through family lineage.
5. Aboriginal artworks can qualify for
both galleries and museums
: The Australian Aboriginal is the longest surviving (so we could say 'most successful') culture the world has seen, and their culture is complex and centred on long term survival in a hostile environment.
6. The highest priced Aboriginal Artworks so far were painted by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri for the work 'Warlugulong' which sold in 2007 to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for a tidy sum of
$2.4 million dollars
Aboriginal DOT Paintings;
The DOTS were first used to hide information from the white settlers.
In 1971 a group of Papunya Aboriginal men, with the assistance of school teacher Geoffrey Bardon, began to paint designs on various materials.
Brushes were dipped into acrylic paints as the men worked their way across the canvas. Dots, lines, footprints and circles all gradually came together in a form that would be recognisable to many in years to come.
'Watunuma, (Warturnuma), (Flying Ant Dreaming)', Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976 (detail). The double bars represent the ancestral Flying Ant's wings and the concentric circles refer to the ant's resting places and their earthen 'homes'. Photo: Dean McNicoll.
Dreamtime Sisters by Colleen Wallace Nungari depicts the ancestral spirit figures Irrernte-arenye (Dreamtime sisters) of the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people in Central Australia
What kind colors do you notice?
What shapes do you see?
the placement or arrangement of visual elements (LINES, SHAPES, COLORS, etc) ingredients in a work of art.
Using sketching, create a composition for your DOT PAINTING. Consider movement, aboriginal symbols, and detail for your design.