Oct 9, 2012

Free Family Adventure Day: Aboriginal Dot Painting

Aboriginal dot painter Galya Pwerle with
one of her works. (source)
"Ngapa Jukurrpa" (Water Dreaming), Warlukurlangu Arts. (source)

The theme of this month's  Free Family Adventure Day is Art Around the World, and will feature activities inspired by the artistic traditions of several different cultures, including an activity inspired by Aboriginal dot painting. 

The term "Aboriginal" refers to the indigenous inhabitants of Australia, who migrated from Africa 50,000 years ago. Dot painting is an old artistic tradition for Aboriginal people, and originated in the desert, with natural materials like sand, coal, and plants. The placement of the dots and the patterns they make has special meaning, and the paintings are used to tell a story.

Today, dot paintings are typically made by dipping a paint brush or stick into acrylic paint, and then creating dots on the surface of canvas or wood. At Family Adventure Day, Bemis instructors will help participants make their own aboriginal dot paintings. All ages and skill levels welcomed!

Free Family Adventure Day
Art Around the World
Sat., Oct. 20 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Invite your friends!
Free! At the Bemis School of Art

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