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Ancient Art: Aboriginal Paintings

Australian Aborigines settled on the Australian continent somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago. They are the oldest continuous culture on the planet. They survived mainly because of their reverence and “oneness with nature” and living in harmony with the land. Their art is directly linked to, and a reflection of their beliefs. Their techniques and style of painting, known as “Dreamings”, are the basis for many art movements and have influenced many contemporary artists. We are continuing our lessons to further explore Aboriginal Art this week and to give the children that missed the lesson on Friday, a chance to also experience it.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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