Lesson Plan

Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling

Aboriginal dot painting.
Photo caption

Aboriginal dot painting.

Australian Aboriginal art is one of the oldest continuing art traditions in the world. Much of the most important knowledge of aboriginal society was conveyed through different kinds of storytelling—including narratives that were spoken, performed as dances or songs, and those that were painted. In this lesson students will learn about the Aboriginal storytelling tradition through the spoken word and through visual culture. They will have the opportunity to hear stories of the Dreamtime told by the Aboriginal people, as well as to investigate Aboriginal storytelling in contemporary dot paintings.

Guiding Questions

Who are Australian Aborigines and what styles of storytelling do they practice?

Learning Objectives

Analyze Australian Aboriginal culture through a study of storytelling and dot painting.

Define the aboriginal term Dreamtime.

Explain the lessons in or purposes for telling the stories they will hear in this lesson.

Identify some Australian animals and explain how they relate to Aboriginal art.