We talked about getting along with one another, allowing each other to participate and have our say in discussions, and we talked about being kind and helping one another. We looked at the ‘hands on the rock’ cave paintings, and decided that we would like to try our own, using a different method, so we used some special paper and some wax pastels to trace our hands and decorate them, signifying the message “I will help”. We have displayed our hands on our fence.
We read the story ‘The Rainbow Serpent’, and the children were fascinated by the colours and features of the snake. We took some clay and some glass tiles and recreated our interpretation of the snake, rolling the clay into a long snake-like shape and pressing the tiles into the material. It was a challenge using something new, as the clay was different to playdough and required slightly different skills and techniques. Recreating the main character of a story helps children to make use of what they have learned, and imprints such stories on their memories, aiding with recall and detail. The children were also able to use their individual imaginations and creativity.
Today we listened to a story told in words by Miss Jenny as Miss Adriana drew the pictures on the chalk board. The story was about different Aboriginal foods, and the introduction of European foods to the Aboriginal diet. We learned about the history and practices of making damper bread before we then went and made our own. We were most excited and continued to chat about the story and the bread until we got to try some at afternoon tea time!
We have been looking at some Aboriginal artworks and comparing them to other works of art, noting the differences in pattern, line, shape and colour. We took some pieces of bark from an old gum tree that had been cut down, and we served ourselves paint out of squeezy bottles into personal palettes before making our own artworks on the bark.
We looked at some pictures of animals drawn by Aboriginal people and looked at how they show us the animal’s anatomy and have a different type of detail to other drawn animal pictures. We then placed these pictures on our light table, put another sheet of paper on the top, and traced over these with earth colours of paint. By working in this way, children are opened to new ways to create art, and are more able to notice subtle differences in artworks and artwork origins.
Children were asking about the flag. We invited children to make an aboriginal flag and explained them what each colour meaning. We used parent input so we provided scissors for each child, where they helped to cut the colours of the flag paper. They are developing hand- eye coordination, learning to put the paper between the blades and then cut it. This experience helped children self-esteem, feeling important to collaborate in the group. Once all the pieces of paper were cut, we moved to stick them on a big paper to start making the flag, where children separate the colours depending of the shape (yellow for the circle, red for the rest). So much learning and fun!
We had a small explanation about aboriginal people using pictures, drawings and others resources. As a group we did this experience outside, using the world globe to make it interactive and easier to understand. After talking about aboriginal art, we extended this experience inviting children to sit around and make their art on a stone. Children worked their fine motors skills, and communication, learning more words both Spanish and English. They had the opportunity to explore by looking every country on the world and find where we are currently living; Australia.
We asked children what they wanted to do. Some answers were paint. As children love painting, we used some stencil so they can learn how to use it. Each child chose a stencil and colour, developing autonomy skills by decision making. We worked with our finger muscles, holding the rolling brushes and holding the stencil at the same time. We worked as a work to improve social skills, ask for a colour and share the stencil. So much fun!!!
We practiced fine motor skills using paint recycled brushes, colours in Spanish and we paint listening aboriginal music.
We also Created art using white paint, fingerprint for dots and take turns to use the bottles, we learned about colours and textures, we had a lot of fun, developing fine motor skills, self-expression, and aboriginal music and art.