During term three, Nathan Patterson- an Indigenous artist, was a guest speaker to the Year 5 students at Middle School, Highton.
Nathan is an indigenous artist from Jan Juc, who spoke to the students about his art and culture. He explained how his elders would use ochre of varying hues, charcoal and water to mix colours to create their paintings. Nathan displayed a variety of traditional dots paintings and contemporary artworks and described the uses of symbols and meanings, within the work. This part of the talk was invaluable for our current unit of work on Indigenous art.
The students were amazed by his didgeridoo playing skills and the sounds of animals and bird calls, he could imitate. It was great to see them attempting to do circular breathing, a skill that obivously takes a lot of practise to perfect.
We were all impressed by Nathan’s artwork which was selected by the Richmond Football Club and used on their guernsey for the indigenous round of football, held earlier this year. The students were really excited as he passed one of the guernseys around, alongside other examples of his artwork. We would like to thank Nathan for his talk, the artwork he showed us and the information he passed on to our students.
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