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Australian Aboriginal Art Education Resources

For Teachers/Educators & Schools

This page presents quality education resources that may be useful for teachers in primary and secondary schools who would like to incorporate information about Australian Aboriginal artists and their art into lessons. The resources have either been developed or reviewed by Japinkga Gallery.

Table of Contents

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  • Educators: lesson plans and interviews with educators
  • Themes: resources by theme such as animals, weather & elements, place and culture
  • Languages: resources by language
  • Stories: resources relating to Aboriginal storylines
  • History: resources relating to history and Aboriginal art
  • Styles: traditional, dot painting, contemporary
  • Regions: resources by locality or origin of the artists
  • Artists: resources relating to individual Aboriginal artists
  • Guides: introductory guides to relevant topics – custodianship, styles & colours, cell biology

Educators

Lesson Plans

Bush Medicine is a Visual Arts Programme for middle primary school students designed for the Australian and West Australian curriculum. A set of 11 Lesson Plans provide teachers with resources to teach confidently about visual arts reflecting on and drawing ideas from the artwork of Rosemary Petyarre.

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Aboriginal Art Lesson Plans for Visual Arts Teachers

My Family is a Visual Arts Programme for Year 4 primary school students. Students create an artwork based on the theme “My Family”, inspired from conversations with artist Sarrita King and her Ancestors work. This is a set of 13 Lesson Plans for visual arts teachers.

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Aboriginal Art Lesson Plans My Family

Remote School Mentors Project

This is a case study of a Visual Arts Project for indigenous high school students designed to promote school attendance as well as facilitate transfer of traditional knowledge and skills. Students worked along side older mentors from their community to put together a collection of paintings for a dedicated exhibition. The project had a powerful impact on school attendance and confidence in learning across all learning areas.  The following interviews describe the project from the perspective of the school Principal, the project facilitator and the gallery director.

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Aboriginal Art Remote Community Mentoring Project

Year 7 Visual Arts Project

In 2016 Seton College ran a project for Year 7 students exploring Aboriginal Art and Culture as part of their Visual Arts program.  The following interviews describe the project from the perspective of the co-ordinating teacher and an indigenous artist and educator who was involved in the project.

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Interviews

Themes

Languages

Aboriginal art resources broken down by language.

Aankum

Alyawarr

Anmatyerre

Eastern Anmatyerre

Gija

Koorie

Pintupi

Stories: Tingari

Warlpiri

Stories: Budgerigar Dreaming

Wunumbal

Guides

Stories

Visual Index: Stories

Bush Medicine Leaves

In The Beginning When the World Was Soft

History

Styles

Dot Art

Contemporary

Bark Painting

Regions

There are thriving art communities in many different regions of Australia. Artists from these regions may sometimes have a common style, and will in many cases be representing their own storylines.

Visual Index to Regions

Alice Springs:

Ampilatwatja:

Arnhem Land:

Balgo Hills:

Bidyadanga:

Daly River:

Darwin:

Docker River

Fitzroy Crossing

Haasts Bluff

Hermannsburg

Iwantja

Kalumburu

Kintore

Kiwirrkura

Kununurra

Lajamanu

Lockhart River

Maningrida

Mount Liebig

Mowanjum

Mt Allan

Murray River

Papunya

Roper River

Spinifex

Tiwi Islands

Torres Strait

Utopia:

Wangkatjungka

Warakurna

Warmun

Yinjaa-Barni

Yuendumu

 

Artists

Abie Loy Kemarre

Alec Baker

Alma Nungarrayi Granites

Anna Petyarre

Barbara Weir

Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane)

Biddee Baadjo

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Charmaine Pwerle

Clifton Mack

Collaboration Wangkatjungka Artists

Damien Marks & Yilpi Marks

David Downs

Dennis Nona

Djambu Barra Barra

Doris Gingingara

Dorothy Napangardi

Douglas Abbott

Dulcie Long Pwerle

Edward Blitner

Eileen Napaltjarri

Eubena Nampitjin

Eva Nelson Napaltjarri

Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa

Freddie Timms

Galya Pwerle

George Tuckerbox

George Ward Tjungurrayi

Gloria Petyarre

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty

Jack Britten

Jack Dale Mengenen

Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jill Jack

Jimmy Baker + Family

Jimmy Pike

Jock Mosquito

Jorna Newberry

Joylene Reid Napangardi

Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Watson Napangardi

June Bird

June Peters

Katarra Butler Napaltjarri

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy

Kim Butler Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula

Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kurun Warun

Lily Karadada

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Lorna Fencer Napurrula

Lorna Ward Napanangka

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Ward Nungurrayi

Makinti Napanangka

Marcia Purdie

Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Marlene Harold

Mary McLean

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Mercy Fredericks

Minnie Pwerle

Mitjili (Mijili) Napanangka Gibson

Mitjili Napurrula

Monica Napaltjarri

Nada Rawlins

Narpula Scobie Napurrula

Nellie Marks Nakamarra

Ningura Napurrula

Patrick Tjungurrayi

Penny K Lyons

Polly Ngale

Queenie McKenzie

Regina Karadada

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Rosella Namok

Rosemary Petyarre

Rosie Goodjie

Rover Thomas

Sarrita King

Spinifex Artists

Stumpy Brown

Summer Matthews Glass Artworks

Tarisse King

Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Turbo Brown

Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walangkura Napanangka

Wentja Napaltjarri

Willie Kew

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Visual Index to Artists

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