This workshop originally appeared as part of the 2021 Indigenous Literacy Day online event. It is now available for free as part of ILD 2022. 

A hands on creative art workshop with dynamic artist, educator, author and performer Gregg Dreise! 

Video Workshop - 37 Minutes - primary students 7-12

Using dirt, ochre, and sticks from his garden and charcoal from his firepit, Gregg shows how to use everyday objects to create “Guda” (Koala) masterpieces. Watch and learn as Gregg performs what he calls “higgledy piggledy magic, magic, MAGIC” to make boomerangs (and the odd chocolate chip cookie) appear and disappear. You’ll also learn more about Aboriginal culture as Gregg explains what different boomerangs are called and how they’re used and some new words in Gamilaraay language.

Made using materials found in your backyard or local park, everyone can participate in this thrifty workshop! Head outside to gather objects such as ochre, clay, soil, charcoal and sticks, then tune in to follow Gregg’s lead to create your very own Guda.

This fun and entertaining workshop is ideal for primary students 7-12. 

What you need:

To prepare for the workshop, participants will need to head out to their garden or local park and find 3 sticks - a twig (or toothpick), a middle sized stick and a bigger stick (but only a few mm thick), PLUS soft rocks that when they rub together create a fine powder like ochre (or chalk) and charcoal, soil and/or clay, PLUS recycle a large envelope, a piece of cardboard (cut up a used cereal box), brown paper bag or blank piece of paper. You’ll need a pot for mixing your “paints” and a bottle of water.

About Gregg Dreise 

Gregg is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician, and he features the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances at schools, libraries and festivals. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi people. He is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra, Mad Magpie, Cunning Crow, Awesome Emu, My Culture and Me, Hello and Welcome, Today's Sun and Common Wealth. His stories proudly address his Culture: including friendship; kindness; tempers; bullying; being humble; and social change. Gregg is also the illustrator of the classic story Tiddalik the Frog, and has poetry with his illustrations in the anthology A Boat of Stars.

He is very proud to be helping the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to bring books, laughter confidence and fun to remote communities around Australia.

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