Students were given a piece of wood and invited to trace the wood on a piece of paper. A tempera paint "wash" was provided to stain the wood and allow the grain to show. While the wood dried, the traced outline provided a format for students to develop the main subject of their bark painting. Once the wood was dry, students used a variety of colored tempera paints to create their imagery.
The indigenous people of Australia have a great respect for creation which they call the dreamtime and for the place of their birth called the dreaming. We talked about our birthplaces and used animals and landscapes to represent the places we were born.
I took photos of the bark paintings created on Monday by students in Mr. Steidel's, Mrs. Wolfe's and Mrs. Doell's afternoon class. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge the images. Each week I will be posting the work from a few classrooms so be sure to stay tuned and watch for your student's creations.