Boomerangs blaze path for aspiring artists

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — The work of 50 Richmond County students were on display at the Richmond Council Arts Building Thursday night in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

The subject was Aboriginal boomerangs. Each students used a wide variety of colors and markings to draw attention to their piece, and each mark meant something. Aborigines used their art to tell stories and dots to conceal the meaning of those stories.

A little-known fact: There are four types of boomerangs — only one of which returns to its original spot when thrown.

The process was a multi-step one for students. They first studied the Aborigines and their art. Each student then completed a rough draft of their unique boomerang with paper. Boomerangs were then cut out of foam board, and masking tape was used to wrap each art piece. Gesso was then added to the taped surface, and a base coat of paint was added.

Various tools were then used to create on each boomerang, using dots. In a paragraph or two, students then completed the assignment by writing the stories told on each of their boomerangs.

 

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