Teacher Professional Development
Wandana provides Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. Our unique program is an immersive cultural learning experience for all Teachers K-12.
Teacher Professional Development Aboriginal Cultural Immersion
Wandana is Australia’s leading Aboriginal education and entertainment company that preserves and promotes Australian Aboriginal culture. We offer a range of Aboriginal education and entertainment programs that educate, entertain and inspire.
Completing our Aboriginal Art and Culture Immersion program will contribute 3hrs of PD addressing 2.4.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Teachers will gain an insight into traditional Aboriginal art symbols, their meanings and stories and how they were used in different types of Aboriginal paintings including the materials used.
The session starts with an Acknowledgement to Country followed by a Reconciliation prayer. Traditional ochre paint is then offered. This is followed by the smoking ceremony where all participants are encouraged to place a gum leaf into a smoking Coolomon.
Life Journey Stones are traditional Aboriginal teaching stones. Every symbol has a meaning and these stones are traditionally used to help with a deeper understanding of ourselves within Creation and the Dreaming. Teachers will discover traditional artefacts handmade by Aboriginal Elders and discuss their origins and uses. They then explore how these artefacts are depicted in Aboriginal art along with other iconic symbols and their meanings through the traditional art of dot painting, xray art and animal totems. We will then explore Aboriginal body painting and their meanings of song lines that connect the Aboriginal people and the land. The Teachers will all paint their own journey stone or canvas connecting these Aboriginal symbols to tell their own unique story.
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL IMMERSION LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Welcome to Country v’s Acknowledgement to Country – what is the difference and why this is important.
- The significance of the Coolomon, where and when it is used and how it is made.
- What is ochre paint, why this is worn and when it is worn. The significance of the design on the face and the words that are spoken when applying the ochre paint and why.
- Aboriginal body painting symbolism and meaning.
- What is a Journey Stone and why they are important in Aboriginal culture.
- Traditional Artefacts.
- The role of Elders in keeping traditions alive through generations.
- How the different lands have different traditions and why.
- The background of iconic Aboriginal symbols and what they represent.
- The different styles of Aboriginal painting, how they are done and why.
- A deeper understanding of Aboriginal Culture, history and art and the knowledge to take this back into their classrooms .
Delivery: Face to Face
Duration: 3 hrs
Investment: $150 p/p (min 10 pax)
Level: Proficient Teacher
Standard: 2.4.2 – Provide opportunities for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
Completing our Aboriginal Art & Culture Immersion program will contribute 3hrs of PD addressing 2.4.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
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