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Aboriginal Inspired Storytelling Paintings (Generating Ideas)
Students will use authentic Aboriginal symbols in order to create both a written and visual story.
Goals & Objectives:

Students will recognize symbols within two aboriginal paintings.


Students will use the art elements shape and line in order to create a visual representation of a written story.

Materials & Sources:


~Student and Teacher Painting Examples

~Aboriginal Examples

~Symbols Worksheet

~Sketch/Story Worksheet

~Pencils, Erasers and Colored Pencils



Aboriginal Art.  Didges We Doo.  Retrieved March 2, 2008 from

Aboriginal Iconography.  (2006). Jinta Desert Art.  Retrieved March 3, 2007 from



~Introduce the project by showing teacher and student examples of Aboriginal inspired paintings.

~Pass out the symbols worksheet.

~Show students two authentic Aboriginal paintings and have the students find the symbols within them.

~Go over the idea worksheet and directions.  Allow students to ask any questions they may have.

~Students work to complete the worksheet and use the symbols sheet to create their own Aboriginal inspired story.

~Students can add color to their design if time allows.

Grade worksheet based on the following criteria:
~Did the students include at least three symbols in their story?
~Is their written story 3-6 sentences long?
~Do the symbols in their written story match up with the symbols drawn?
~Do the symbols fill the box in an interesting way? (Composition)
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