Creations inspired by Emily Kame

The artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996) was an Aboriginal, Australian artist, from the Utopia community in the Northern Territory. She is one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of Indigenous Australian art. Emily is most notable for artworks that focus on the Dreamtime (A belief system that laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people.) Her artworks tell stories through the marks she made. A notable achievement was when Qantas Airlines included Emily’s artwork ‘Yam Dreaming’ for their ‘Flying Art Series’.

Our children showed an interest in mark making, especially displaying their artworks to one another and talking about what they had drawn. Like Emily Kame, the children give meaning to their artwork through the lines and shapes that they create and take joy and pride in doing so.

Work then started on a large mural The children elected to use turquoise , blue and green as the base colours that they chose as “The Frozen Colours” Their challenge was to cover the whole canvas leaving no white spaces.

Paint was layered on using a wide range of techniques such as pushing and pulling paint brushes along the paper ad pushing cars across the mural. We explored adding warm colours such as yellows, oranges and red.

We moved the mural mural onto the wall splatting the paint and watching the marks spread across the paper.

We have become very confident at creating pendulums and using them in our art project so this was our natural next step to complete our work of art.