What is an icon?

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What is an icon?


Some Aboriginal artists use icons in their paintings. Knowing about icons helps us know what the artists are telling us in their paintings. Icons vary between Aboriginal groups.

Here are some icons used by Western Desert artists.

Various icons used by Western Desert artists.

Examine the icons.

Draw your favourite icon in your journal.

Use some of these icons to create a message to your partner.

Have your partner read the message.

Look at the icon in the following photograph.

Kangaroo crossing traffic sign.

Where would we see this icon?

What other icons do we use?

What do we know when we see that icon?

Draw icons that you see everyday.

In your journal, record your answer to the question: what is an icon?

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