Indigenous elder inspires RGS art
Woppaburra elder Bob Muir has provided an insight into the local indigenous culture for Rockhampton Grammar School Primary students.
Mr Muir spoke with Year 2, Year 3 and Year 6 students to talk to them about the culture of Great Keppel Island, bush tucker, medicine and how his people lived.
His insight into the indigenous culture aims to help the Year 2 and 3 students with their upcoming indigenous art projects this term. Mr Muir also visited Year 6 students for one of their history lessons learning about Australia Day.
"It's very important (to share stories). For me the business of healing the island starts with telling stories,’’ said Mr Muir, who explained to the students about the Woppaburra peoples’ native plant species and their uses.
“I’m good at telling stories you can get songs and art made out of it, even though I'm not an artist myself.”
RGS Art teacher Ms Donna Littlejohn said Mr Muir’s visit provided an overall perspective of aboriginal culture in this area.
“We’re doing an art activity where we observe and draw the different shapes of leaves and put them into a painting project using different painting techniques, investigating colour mixing and texture,’’ Ms Littlejohn said.
“The paintings of Rosemary Petyarre, a Western Australian indigenous artist, will provide stimulus for a design of leaves collaged on a bush floor background. The leaves will be accented with dotted colour applied with a cotton tip.”