Materials used by Indigenous Artists

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Materials used by Indigenous Artists

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Research and document the range of materials used by Aboriginal people to 'tell their story'. Use some of these materials to create an art piece of your own. Aboriginal Art Online is a good website to start your research.

Crushing ochre at Cherbourg State School, 2012 (John Hunt).

Crushing ochre at Cherbourg State School, 2012 (John Hunt).

Ochre is also used for body art during ceremonies (John Hunt).

Ochre is also used for body art during ceremonies (John Hunt).

Making paints without ochre: It is not always easy to find rocks to crush and make ochre. A quick way to create the same colours as used by Indigenous artists is to add paint pigment to PVA glue. Paint pigment is available from paint stockists or hardware stores. Always check with an adult before making these paints as the pigments and glue need to be carefully handled. Mix them outdoors so that the glue fumes do not become too strong.

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