The head man of the Aboriginal village, Banol, teaches us about some traditional Aboriginal art forms and explains how the Aborigine's art is representative of their environment. Dhalinboy is next to a big river and it is the creatures from this river which dominate the art created here. We join him in front of his shack where he is painting a wooden crane he has carved. He explains its significance and takes us to the school where the children are painting animals from the river. Then he takes us out on his boat to show us the river which they are painting.
Children of all abilities can access the style of traditional Aboriginal painting using very basic materials found in every school. Basic line paintings are used to draw the outline of animals and natural objects native to rural Australia such as lizards, snakes, cranes, crocodiles and butterflies. Repeated stippled designs using finger tips, the end of the brush handle or cotton buds add depth and blocks of colour to the line painting to improve the image in a traditional manner. Further research into Aboriginal symbolism using the internet will reveal the most common symbols used by Aboriginal artists and children can also invent their own, requiring them to give an explanation to the viewer for a better understanding of their image as a whole. This in turn also gives the young artist a greater appreciation of the Aboriginal artist’s task and culture.