Aboriginal art is the oldest form of artistic expression in the world. Art cavings, found in the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land, dates back at least 60,000 years.Using soil and rock, artists were able to produce carvings, ground designs, paintings and body paintings.
  
To understand Aboriginal Art, one has to first understand its Symbolism, Iconography and meticulous rules.
  
Aboriginal people , do not have a written language.Thats the reason why Art work, is very central to Aboriginal culture. Spoken form, is now extinct. Each tribe had a different dialect, therefore each artist has a different story, so no two Aboriginal art work are ever the same.
  
Aboriginal artists cannot paint a story that is not from their lineage. If they seek to paint a story , concerning historical or sacred information, they must be given permission before they can proceed. 
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In the early drawings, in soil or body paintings, the Aboriginal artists used a lot of sacred symbols in their art for that particular ceremony, which were relevant to their tribe. Once the ceremony was over, they would smoothen the soil and wash the painted bodies because uninitiated people (even though they are from the same tribe), were not permitted to see the sacred symbols.
  
Only an artist of aboriginal origin can produce and title it as Aboriginal art.
  
Even a non-indigenous Australian does not have he authority to paint an Aboriginal piece of artwork.  
   
It is considered both disrespectful and unacceptable to paint on behalf of someone else’s culture.
 
It is forbidden.
 

For classes to learn this amazing art form, contact Shaila – 9833230461 / Whatsapp or iishtart@gmail.com

All you need:
*1 sheet A3 sized paper
Or two A3 size newspaper stuck together
*Paint it in a greenish blue shade
* 1 medium round brush
* 2 toothpicks
* 4 ear buds
* 2 pencils
* Acrylic colours – White, Red, Yellow, Blue and Yourself!

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