Signs and symbols

Students will examine a range of symbols used by a variety of First Nations people. Artist, Vicki West will inspire the students to create their own artwork, using signs and symbols important to oneself.

This could include either:

  • Possum skin bracelets,
  • Repouseé work on metal shim
  • Shell and natural object necklace stringing

Suitable for

Years 5–6

Curriculum links

Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Artists, to represent views, beliefs and opinions (ACAVAM114)

Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117)

Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)

Session type



$5.50 per student


1 hour


Museum at Inveresk or 
Art Gallery at Royal Park