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K/6 Support Unit




First Contacts/Aboriginal Art History


History/Creative Arts


Students Previous Knowledge Students’ have previous understanding of European Explorers and Indigenous peoples of the world from previous History lessons.

Learning Intentions Students will develop an understanding of Australian Aboriginal Art and aim to create chalk drawings representing Aboriginal Rock Art.

Learning Outcomes HT2-3/ Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects. VAS1.2/ Uses the forms to make artworks according to varying requirements.

Teaching Strategy Focus Discussion, demonstration, independent work, and collaboration.



Aboriginal Australian Art Powerpoint presentation.


Brenex paper.


Success Criteria and Assessment



10-15 minutes

INTRODUCTION Discuss with students what they already know about Aboriginal Australians. Ask students have they thought about how we know about Aboriginal history. Explain to students, we learn through Art. Explain different areas of Art. Ask: What do you think the Art is about? Explain: You may have heard of some Dreaming Stories already in story books. Explain: We still have Aboriginal Art today. Concept of continuing dreaming stories. Video Questions:

Begin presentation. Students are seated together. Engage students in discussion.

How old was the artwork? What is the name of the National Park? What is an ancestor? How old could the Aboriginal civilisation be? What are some reasons Aboriginal Australians practiced Rock Painting?

Note: Watch the video for a second time through to confirm students’ understanding if necessary.

15 - 20 minutes

BODY Explain: Rock Art article. Make connection with previous lesson on European Explorers. Explain how Aboriginal people may have felt thinking they were animals.

Students begin task at their assigned seats. Ask students to hand out materials.


1. Scrunching the paper into a tight ball, followed by flattening it out to look like rock texture.

2. Practise chalk drawing techniques using light pressure, hard pressure and blending.

3. Use your chalk to draw your ship.

4. Does your ship look like an animal?


5 minutes

CLOSURE Have students hold up their artworks for each other to view. T/P/S about their artwork (What you like about the image/What techniques do you like the most). Students may comment on one thing they like about their partners’ artwork.

Students share work and clean up working areas. Ask students to collect materials.



Description I began the lesson by introducing the topic of Aboriginal Australians to the students asking them to share what the already knew. I then directed the lesson introducing the concept of knowing and understanding Aboriginal Australian History through the means of Art, giving examples of the types of Art. We then discussed Dreaming Stories, and watched a youtube clip on Rock Paintings. I then presented the students with a Rock Art painting of a tall ship, including Very Important Points VIPs that I had picked from an article. I discussed with the students that these paintings were believed to be Dutch Explorers dating back to the 1600’s, making connections with previous lessons on European Explorer Christopher Columbus. I then directed the students through the steps of recreating the rock painting of the ships using Brenex paper and chalk pastels.

Reflection I believe the students understood the the perspectives of the first nations peoples in seeing the ships for the first time throughout the visualisation activity. Each student was enthusiastic to share how they might feel and drew on their own experiences to describe their feelings. I believe this demonstrated their understanding quite well. The students were successful in using different chalk drawing techniques.

Action In future I believe it would be useful to include Aboriginal artefacts. This might be more engaging for the students.