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Paint with dots—yes, just dots—to design a decorative plate. Australian Aboriginal painters use the same technique in their art.
Students research and find out more about the dot paintings of Australia’s Aboriginal people. This art form, which has its roots in the ancient "Dream Time" journeys, is still used today. Most dot paintings contain patterns of natural forms such as animals. Students use this technique to decorate a plate that makes a wonderful gift!
Students trace around a clear glass plate with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on construction paper. Inside the outline, sketch one or more Australian creatures (koala or kangaroo, perhaps). Create a simple pattern for the plate by repeating the drawing, for example, or use it for a border.
Lay the drawing on recycled newspaper. Place the plate over the drawing, face down, and paint ONLY the underside of the plate.
Students use cotton swabs to apply dots of Crayola Portfolio Acrylic Paint on the glass. Use the pattern as a guide. Keep the dots smooth and round by changing cotton swabs often.
Experiment with other colors and patterns to fill the areas around the animal forms. Fill the entire underside of the plate with dots of color.
Air-dry the plate overnight before lifting it off the recycled newspaper.
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