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Aboriginal Hand Print
(art + history; art + social studies)
"One old man in Arnhem Land remembered being carried as a child on his father's shoulders as his father climbed up a log leaning against a rock wall. His father then sprayed his hand with red ochre against the rock, leaving a stencil he could still recognize many years later. The main function of the stencils was to record people's presence and association with a site." — Aboriginal Art Online

The stenciled hand print and aboriginal style drawings help children to relate to the man from the Australian Aboriginal Culture stated above, while helping them to understand the use of line in art. A black paper with white splattered paint was used, but white paper with red (ochre) splattered paint would make a nice impression also. Construction paper crayons make bright, bold, linear designs around the hand stencil.

Grade Levels K-4
Arts and Humanities, Art History, Visual Arts
Upper Primary
Grade 4
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Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan
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B Manker
on Feb 28, 10:20pm Evaluation

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B Manker on Feb 28, 10:13pm

Respectfully, please be mindful of cultural appropriation. As a white American, I am ignorant about the culture of aboriginal art. However, I see opportunities for teachers to unwittingly appropriate an important aspect of indigenous peoples' culture without knowing the history of this artwork. This resource would be greatly improved if more information was given about the complex culture that created these pieces of art (other than the one paragraph explanation given in the plan.) In addition, no information is given about how indigenous people created the pieces of art. (They didn't use paint atomizers.)




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