Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

Research one of the following styles, traditions, canons, schools or categories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art through 

  • Arnhem Land Styles (including X-ray and Rarrk)
  • Hermannsburg School (watercolours)
  • Kimberly Wandjina
  • Shell Art NSW South Coast
  • North Queensland and Tiwi Island bark paintings
  • Torres Strait Island masks 
  • Papunya Tula Art Movement
  • Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  • Utopia 
  • Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photography
  • Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mixed media art and sculpture

Questions

  • What are the features of this style?
  • How did this style develop?
  • Who are some of the well-known artists of this style?
  • Find an example of an artwork in this style that you like. What about it appeals to you?

The National Gallery of Australia have produced a lesson plan on this and you can download the PDF here.

Teacher Lesson Plan – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

Esme Timbery

Heart Shaped Box (2006)

Teachers Click Here

Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.