Learn to create aboriginal dot art paintings using toothpicks, ear buds and matchsticks

Updated: Dec 14, 2016, 09:39 IST | Dipanjan Sinha

Dot art is a technique practiced in Australia and other indigenous cultures across the world as a means for storytelling. This art form is now considered a calming and effective way to practise mindfulness


A green lizard on a black background is a common aboriginal dot painting 

Dot art is a technique practiced in Australia and other indigenous cultures across the world as a means for storytelling. This art form is now considered a calming and effective way to practise mindfulness. 

"Even in art therapy one of the processes used is dot painting," says Snehal Patil, the founder of Bombay Drawing Room, an initiative that provides people guidance to create art in a friendly environment, which is hosting the Australian dot painting workshop this week. Patil, who will be conducting the session, is an architect by training and has picked up this technique herself from the Internet. She says the technique is based on story-telling, using symbols as an alternate method of writing down stories of cultural importance, as well as transmitting knowledge on matters of survival. "We want to introduce this painting method to people so that they can learn and benefit from its calming effect," she says.


An example of Dot Art painting you can pick up at the workshop

They will use tools like toothpicks, matchsticks and ear buds. "This time we will be painting a contemporary take, The Calming Lotus, with the dot art technique using acrylic paints on canvas," she says.


Snehal Patil

The theme of the previous event was Paint a Haiku, where participants painted their inspirations from a Haiku and in the next one the participants will paint the way a fragrance inspires them.

ON: December 17, 3.30pm
AT: Antisocial, Khar (W).
CALL: 96192 73009 
COST: Rs 1650

The technique
Repeated imprints of a paint-covered brush or dotting stick are produced on to a surface, creating dots, spirals, lines and dashes. Traditional aboriginal dot paintings, the pictorial language of Western Desert Aboriginal People, represent a story, generally regarding hunting or food gathering and use aboriginal symbols.

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