What do you really know about dot painting?Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art always needs to be sensitively treated by educators. It should always be attributed to the artists, and accompanied by Indigenous voices to explain it, so that children encounter it within its cultural context.
Illustrations as Springboards For Learning
Illustrations created by Aboriginal artists can serve as great provocations for discussion and learning. Here are some ideas of how we can extend upon and deepen children’s interactions with illustrations.
Cross Crossing Culture in Engaging With Aboriginal Artists and ArtWhen I think about engaging with Aboriginal art and artists in my curriculum planning I’m always careful to begin with the Anti-Bias Goals and Anti-Bias Actions (Scarlet, 2020).
Contemporary Aboriginal music is cultural knowledgeContemporary Aboriginal music can be a safe and approachable common ground for non-indigenous people to learn about Aboriginal culture, and share in public conversations about what Australia has been and could become.
Aboriginal art as a form of valid cultural knowledge
Aboriginal art is never merely decoration, it is linked into a culture that is threatened and complex. It preserves and sustains that culture, and expresses it to modern Australia.
Can non-Indigenous people do Aboriginal art?
The short answer to this one, is no, you can’t. Many artists and art critics believe that all art is derivative – that it is it builds on or is copied from another source. When you were in school you may have been asked to do a copy of a famous artwork such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or asked to do a painting in the style of an artist such as Picasso or Matisse. Art is often built on what previous artists have created.
The Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Aboriginal ArtMany early childhood educators experience extreme anxiety when it comes to including Aboriginal perspectives in their program. Additionally, Aboriginal art seems to be a highly controversial subject of which there is lots of conflicting advice.
How do we use Aboriginal art?How do we use Aboriginal art and items from Aboriginal culture in our services? Are we being respectful of the pieces we may have acquired and are we aware of the deep connection between art and country, identity and belonging for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?
Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Baker Boy
He developed his love of dancing and acting at the Aboriginal Centre for the performing Arts, Brisbane. He was an original member of the Djuki Mala dance troupe.
In 2016, Baker appeared on the "Indigenous" episode of the Australian television series You Can’t Ask That on ABC.
In 2016, he was part of a group of artists who, in an effort to inspire the world to dance, move and absorb the Yolgnu style created the video "Yolgnu Style", a contemporary dance music video.
In 2017 Baker Boy won the Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards.
Baker Boy made his acting debut in True History of The Kelly Gang released in cinemas in early January 2019.
He appeared on Playschool as part of NAIDOC week 2019 singing Hickory Dickory Dock.
He has said that he wants to be an inspiration to indigenous kids living in remote communities, and to combat "shame."
Baker Boy appeared on Play School performing a wild and wonderful version of Hickory Dickory Doc!
Deadly Aboriginal Artist - Chico Monks
Chico Monks 1978-2019
Chico Monks is a Post-war & Contemporary artist. His work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums. He is from a family of artists and is known for his sculpture, painting and performance. He has exhibited widely at galleries and cultural festivals and uses his work to explore identity. He won the 2014 Gili Award for Teaching.
From a very young age Chico was to a variety of diverse environments from his rainforest home to Europe and the United Kingdom. His parent, both teaching and practising artists encouraged him to express himself through the arts as part of everyday life.
His talents were recognised early. He graduated from Southern Cross University in 2001 with a BA in sculpture. He taught Aboriginal art in various schools, organizations and communities, including Juvenile Justice and Long Bay Gaol
His works are in the collection of Wollongong Art Gallery acquired through Wollongong City Council.
He is the artist whose sculpture appears on the cover of The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood 3rd Edition entitled ‘No Photos Please’.
Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Mo’Ju
Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, known professionally as Mo'Ju, is an ARIA nominated Australian musician, best-known for her 2018 album Native Tongue and the lead single of the same title. The single won the Best Independent Single category in the 2019 AIR Awards. She is a singer-songwriter who has created music in a number of genres.