Indigenous Learning in Kindergarten Arts

Kindy artists learn about ephemeral art, up on Gossan Hill

Kindy artists learn about ephemeral art, up on Gossan Hill

Kindergarten Arts is currently exploring How We Express Ourselves through investigating Indigenous Culture: Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music. To deepen our learning experience, we have looked beyond our classroom. This has led us to:

-  explore Gossan Hill, to experience its significance as an Indigenous site: we acknowledge country, and spend time listening and looking deeply

-  create thoughtful ephemeral artwork on Gossan Hill in response to country and what we have learnt about Indigenous artwork such as Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), Micky Jampijinpa Singleton, 2015, Yuendumu, Northern Territory

-  invite Ronnie Jordan, an Indigenous weaver who is a descendent of the Kalkadoon People of the Mt Isa region, to share her culture through teaching us how to weave Indigenous animals using straw and wool

making straw and wool creatures Straw creations

-  invite Larry Brandy, Wiradjuri Storyteller, to share culture through interactive stories about traditional hunting and gathering methods of the Wiradjuri people

-  hop onto a bus for an excursion to the National Gallery of Australia, where their expert educators facilitated small group tours exploring storytelling through the Indigenous collection.

Kindy at the NGA Kindy at the NGA

We are grateful to Ronnie, Larry and the Educators at the NGA for sharing with us and we look forward to integrating our learning and expressing our responses through the arts.

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