Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world. Initial forms of artistic Aboriginal expression were rock carvings, body painting and ground designs, which date back more than 30,000 years.
The quality and variety of Australian Indigenous art produced today reflects the richness and diversity of Indigenous Culture and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects and geographic landscapes. Art has always been an important part of Aboriginal life, connecting past and present, the people and the land, and the supernatural and reality.
Indigenous Art ranges from across a wide rarity of mediums from works on paper and canvas to fibre and glass. Introduced media such as printmaking, fabric printing and ceramics no complement traditional arts and crafts.
Of particular interest is Indigenous aerial landscape art. It is a map-like (or birds-eye) view of the desert landscape. In the distant past, the common media for such artwork was rock, sand or body paint. Today, the tradition continues as paint-on-canvas dot-art.
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It is special to teach others (Martu and non Martu) how we live now and always have in this country. We have lived in this country for a long time, this country is us. We need to share it and talk about it and protect it, keep it strong. Working with Antony and Lynette on this project is another way for us to share our country and its story through our painting with a BIG audience from all over the world.
- Martu Artists
3. Select your two best images. One will be used for collagraph and the other for lino print.
4. COLLAGRAPH (TEACHER DEMO):
a. Draw your composition onto hard cardboard.
b. Using found materials, adhere these to the individual sections. Consider contrasting materials as they sit next to each other, perhaps use traditional Kaurna materials.
c. Your collograph will need to be lacquered heavily and repeated the following week. This will take time to dry. In the mean time prepare your lino print.
d. Watch teacher demo for printing your collagraph.
5. LINO PRINT (TEACHER DEMO):
a. Using your 2nd composition fill in each area with a different pattern. Consider the use of positive and negative space. Your design must be 15cm x 20cm
b. Trace your design
c. Transfer your image on to the lino
d. Colour in the areas you intend to leave raised, black.
e. Carve your image.
f. Redraw your composition on A4 paper. Create a collaged background for your final piece.
g. Print your final piece on white, coloured and collaged paper.