As we continue to study Australia, we read several books illustrated by the same artist Bronwyn Bancroft. One of her books was recommended either by Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom or by Sandra from Monkey See Monkey Do who both did great units on Australia recently. Our favorite was Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli and Elena Furrow. In the book a white girl (an American, I think) who loves art comes to Australia on vacation and learns new way to experience art and to look at the world around her. It’s really a wonderful read in so many ways, because both the story line and the illustrations are very compelling. It’s rare for Anna nowadays to ask me to repeat the story, but we read this book several times in a row and discussed unique drawing style of Australian aborigines.
Anna was quite enthusiastic about painting in aboriginal style, but I think I chose the wrong media. Drawing with markers might have been more interesting. She was enthusiastic about painting, but all her sheets of paper looked like the ones in the picture. As always, she was a lot more interested in color mixing than in actual painting. The only reason that we didn’t end up with universally brown art is because I only gave her yellow, orange and red color.