Wednesday, March 30, 2011

X-Ray Art by Grade 4

Its been a long time since I've posted something and I am sorry to those of you who have been waiting for me to post my students work!  Its been a hectic month with getting ready for the annual Arts Fest at the high school and our spring open house less than a month later...and two schools may I add! but here is what's happening.

work in progress by Jack C. WE student
Fourth graders at Wood End and Birch Meadow have been studying Aboriginal Australian "X-Ray" art.  This type of art is created by the indigenous people of Australia.  These are called "Dreamtime" paintings.  Dreamtime is the creation story of the Native Australian.  Dreamtime is life.  Dreamings are beings that can be plants animals or human forms in the artwork.  Traditionally these paintings are done on bark.  We are working in the X-Ray style which not only shows the exterior of our dreamings, but also the interior.  Its like we are seeing things with x-ray vision! So far we have drawn our subject which is an Australian animal, along with Dreamtime symbols in our background.  We are in the process of outlining our work with white paint.  Our next step will be to add oil pastel in earth tone colors. 

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