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This blog features art projects for children. These projects have been used in my classes. My lessons allow children to learn about all the elements and principles of art while striving to introduce them to many genres of art.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein

Friday, December 16, 2011

Aboriginal inspired art

This was a lesson involving many concepts and techniques.  We looked at both Aboriginal art as well as Molas,  and the art of the Cuna Indians.  My students have been studying Aboriginal art in their classrooms and were nicely prepared for this lesson.  Being a quilter I have always been fascinated with Molas and the rich layering of color, form and line.  Combining the two seemed like a win win situation.
We began the lesson by using Styrofoam blocks that we had punched holes into with the end of a paint brush.  This created a wonderful surface for printmaking.  A sense of dimension was created by offsetting the second color of ink used for printing.  There was no limit to the number of times the block could be used for printing. It offered a nice opportunity for experimentation. It was created purely as a possible element to be used in the final design.  During the next class the students chose their subject matter.  Turtles were popular but there were fish and kangaroos as well.  The animals were cut from construction paper, and again layering the shapes was encouraged to mimic the style of the Mola's.  Finally the animals were glued down to their printed background paper.  At this point many design solutions were chosen by the students.  Some discarded their printed paper in favor of the perfect painted scrap paper from the scrap box.  Others found it necessary to add white or black paint to make their design "pop".  The results were unique and colorful and successfully met the objectives of the lesson.  Enjoy!


  1. Janis, I got goosebumps when I saw your student's beautiful mixed media projects! I love printmaking and Aboriginal art. You have taken both to a new level and Iwant to try this with my students. What size and how thick were your styrofoam blocks? Thanks!


  2. Pat the Styrofoam blocks were actually pretty small. I had lots of scraps hanging around. I'd say they were only about 4" x 5". Thanks for sharing my enthusiasm!

  3. These are FANTASTIC!Love the uniqueness of each piece!

    1. Thank you Mary for recognizing how unique each one was! My students really stepped up to the plate for this lesson.


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