NAIDOC Week & Reconciliation

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Indigenous Dot Painting

Create a beautiful artwork using traditional dot painting techniques. The artwork for this idea has been created by Michelle Napanangka Earl, Artist & Basket Weaver.

CleverPatch™ recommends educators, teachers and event organisers work in consultation with their local Aboriginal Communities (start locally and extend out geographically) when planning activities & learning experiences. Any creative or art making activity that mirrors or replicates Aboriginal cultural experiences should always be undertaken in consultation with the appropriate owners of that cultural property.

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  • Step 1Begin by giving your canvas panel art board a base coat. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2Sketch out your design onto a piece of paper before you start to decorate your canvas. Once you have a design, transfer it lightly onto your canvas using a pencil. This is not essential, but helps with planning your design.
  • Step 3To create dots, lightly dab the end of a dot painting tool into the paint and then onto your canvas. You can use the different tools to create different sized dots. You could also use the handle of a paint brush to create dots.
  • Step 4Continue this process until your artwork is covered with dots, or you are happy with your design. Allow to dry.
  • Step 5Your artwork is now ready to display!

Materials used in this activity

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Stretched Canvas Frame - Large - Square
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HB Pencils - Pack of 20
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Dot Painting Tools - Pack of 8
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CleverPatch Acrylic Paint Tubes - 75ml - Set of 14 Colours
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