Listen below to Julie Dowling tell the stories of her artworks.
The Julie Dowling podcast is part of the ART ON THE MOVE Act-Belong-Commit Learning and Community Engagement Program, proudly sponsored by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message. The podcast is created by Meri Fatin and features soundscape by Carol and Julie Dowling.
Download our Act-Belong-Commit learning resource and see the craft activities below, inspired by our exhibitions Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) by Julie Dowling.
Image Credit: Julie Dowling Aunty Violet, 2015.
Ages 0-5 | Sharing Stories
Share the story of a family member or loved one that you look up to with the child. What about their story do you admire? What lessons would you like the child to learn from them?
Together, with the child, look closely at Aunty Violet and ask the child to point out the different colours and shapes they see.
Create a drawing of the person’s face with crayon or texta using basic shapes. In the background, incorporate objects and symbols that reflect aspects of the person’s story.
Learning about colour, shape and meaning through the Aboriginal Flag & Torres Strait Islander Flag
*by Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Learning about colour relationships through colour wheels
12+ – Portraits of Resilience
Connect with a person close to you and ask them to share a story about a challenging moment in their life.
Experiment with ways that you could tell their story in various art mediums, such as drawing and photography. Consider how you could make your admiration and respect for them a central component of the artwork. Talk with them as you develop your artwork and get their thoughts and feedback. Share your final artwork with them.
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