Aboriginal Bark Paintings: Free Lesson Plan Download
Grade Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Line, Contour Line
Art Skills: Observational Drawing
Art History: Aboriginal Art, Australia
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This lesson plan helps 3rd grade students learn about contour line. They will be using a visual library, which I posted about here, to look at animals and try to draw an accurate outline of that animal.
Then, in the style of the Aboriginal Artists of Australia, students will draw X Ray Vision inside the animal and paint dots using the traditional colors of red, black, white and yellow.
I love this lesson because it has the “Trifecta” of art lessons.
1. Not Cookie Cutter! – Each project turns out different, because kids can differentiate based on skill and interested by choosing their own animal to draw
2. Art history This has a great cultural connection that makes the art element of Line much more interesting and desirable to a 3rd grader
3. They Look Good! – As much as well all say the process is more important than the product, a visually pleasing product that students can be proud of is a very important part of the artist process.