Look deep into an Ancient culture, and decode a visual language of simple dots and lines! Use these symbols to create a meaningful design of your own.
Traditional Aboriginal artwork is most known for its distinctive use of dots and lines. These dots and lines have meanings within the drawings. For example, a curvy line could represent rain or a river. A "U" shape is the symbol of a person.
Find examples of Aboriginal artwork and research the symbolism of the dots and lines in each piece. What can you tell about their daily lives from these simple depictions?
Use the Aboriginal symbols you found to create your own original work of art! On black construction paper, draw an Aboriginal design with Crayola Slick Stix™. Slick Stix contain pigments that may stain clothing, fabrics and other household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface with newspaper. Experiment with the Slick Stix to make interesting lines, swirls, and dots of various weights and textures!
Enhance your drawing with a 3D effect! Flatten a small amount of Crayola Model Magic® on a hard surface such as a table. Firmly press a circular Model Magic Presto Dots™ tool into the flattened modeling compound, and lift to create a Model Magic dot! Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together. Attached dots to your drawing with Crayola No-Run School Glue.
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