Understanding and making art: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in early childhood settings

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Jo Krabman
Jo Krabman is an experienced early childhood teacher and director currently working as an early childhood educator and TAFE teacher in Sydney, NSW. Jo has worked closely with the NGA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art collection, curators and artists to create curriculum resources and education programs for schools and teachers and public programs for children and families.

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This module introduces the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. We explore ways educators and young children can approach art appreciation and art-making inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. We also look at some specific art works and the contemporary artists behind them.

Join gallery educator Jo Krabman in a exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and discover ways that educators can encourage children to create and think critically about art and the art-making process. Featuring video interviews with artists, gallery curators and early childhood educators, this module will provide a range of strategies, tools and resources that you can use to develop young children’s understanding of artworks.

At the completion of the course, you will understand:

  • some general concepts that underpin an understanding of all art forms
  • a range of strategies, tools and resources that educators can use to develop their own and young children’s understanding of art works
  • how to apply general art concepts to a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts
  • how to explore children’s art, and
  • some examples of educators using reflective, respectful art practice with children.

Suitable for early childhood education and care workers at all stages of their careers.

Portfolio photograph courtesy of C. Newman, ACT.