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- 1 Hour 30 Minute art class with a local Anangu artist
- Fun introduction to Aboriginal culture and beliefs
- Learn about ancient symbols used in Anangu art and teachings
- Learn some introductory Pitjantjatjara words (Pitjantjatjara is a local language spoken by Anangu)
- Take home an amazing dot painting of your own story
Dot Painting Workshop in UluruLearn about the unique art forms of the Anangu people and travel into a fascinating world of indigenous cultural beliefs during this enchanting workshop
What to Expect
Learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in the world!
Prepare to be amazed as you go on an unforgettable journey deep into the heart and soul of Aboriginal culture. As the oldest surviving culture in the world, you’ll be blown away by the fascinating stories and language of the ancient indigenous people.
During this 1 Hour 30 Minute workshop, a local Aboriginal artist will demonstrate the strong link between Aboriginal art and history. You’ll get an introduction to several intriguing desert art forms and you’ll even get the chance to paint your very own traditional dot painting!
About the experience
There are more than 500 indigenous tribes or nations spread out through Australia. One of them is the Anangu people who live in the Central Australian desert near Uluru (Ayers Rock). The Anangu have been very successful in keeping alive their traditional language and culture and they still have a close relationship with nature. They are protectors of one of Australia’s biggest attractions, Uluru -a sacred Anangu site. For thousands of years, this area has had a strong symbolic value and it continues to be covered in mystery.
You'll meet some of the Anangu people and discover more about their culture, traditions and language. Enjoy a dot painting workshop with a local artist - a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this fascinating culture first hand.
During the workshop, you’ll be introduced to different desert art forms. The local Anangu artists are highly experienced and their passion is contagious! There’s a chance you may end up discovering an unknown talent for dot painting.
You'll learn about the symbols and styles used to tell stories in Indigenous culture. These painting styles and special symbols tell stories from the Creation Time or Tjukurpa. Relaying the past is an important aspect of Indigenous art, and cave paintings and other artwork make it possible to travel back in time and understand ancient tales. This is why dot painting is such an important part of Aboriginal culture - it’s a fantastic way to see what happened in the past.
As you learn about these traditions, you'll chat with the artist too, and learn some introductory Pitanjara words.
Then, the highlight of the day! You'll get to get to test your own artistic skills. Using the tips and tricks you’ve learned during the workshop, you’ll paint your very own story.
The best part is that when you’re done, you can take home a beautiful little piece of indigenous art. What better souvenir to ask for?
April - September: 11:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3:30pm.
October - March: 10:30am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 3pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Don’t wear your best clothes – we use acrylic paints that can be really tough to come out if any accidents occur.
- A water bottle to keep you hydrated.
- A hat and sunscreen will never go astray out in the desert!
- In the cooler months, rug up for the outdoor occasion.
The Supplier reserves the right to alter any of the tours and change the structure of tours if required.
This could be a result of weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances and/or cultural reasons. Tour durations may vary from advertised times.
Please note: Bookings require a minimum of 5 people to confirm
Child rates apply to children who are 5 - 15 years of age (inclusive)
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Guests with disabilities are welcome provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from The Supplier
Cultural obligations: Please be aware that the Maruku artists are traditional Aboriginal people with strong cultural obligations. In the event of ceremonial duties or other unforeseen circumstances, The Supplier may not be able to provide the specified tour as advertised.
Full Refund - if The Supplier has been given more than 24 hours' notice for the cancelled tour.
No refund will be provided for cancellations within 24 hours of tour departure.
Refunds will not be given to clients who are 'no shows'.
Extenuating circumstances requiring tour refunds will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Amendments to bookings with more than 24 hours' notice are free of charge.
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