Aboriginal Snake Drawing

Aboriginal Snake DiagramIn Australia, there are Aborigines who live today as they did thousands of years ago. Like cave painters, they use art as a way to tell stories known as “dreamings.” One common feature to is that their drawings are filled with lots of lines and dots and patterns.


1. Start with a dark paper and pencil and draw a large block-style letter “S”, with the ends left open.

2. Students continue the top of the “S” over the body to form a head. They same is true for the bottom tail. In both cases, the snake needs to get narrower in width.

3. Inside lines are erased. Students trace the snake with a light color on the outside, and a light stripe down the center of the body. To finish they can divide the snake up in sections, color patterns and then also color the outside. I used a new type of pencils called Art Stix for this picture, but you could use regular colored pencils as well. Just make sure to test them first as not all colors are opaque and sometimes disappear on the black paper.

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