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.
Duration: 37 minutes
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.
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.
To celebrate storytelling, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is excited to offer seven unique pre-recorded, learning workshops from our most awarded ambassadors and ILF supporters.
Each presenter shares their incredible expertise in storytelling, whether it be through illustration, writing, video or photography. Each workshop suggests an age suitability.
At $2 per student under 18 years of age (with a minimum of 5 students) and $20 per adult, our aim is for everyone to have an opportunity to experience a workshop. Parents and home-schoolers under 18 years of age, can register under the school/education tab.
Workshops are free to remote Indigenous community schools that are registered with ILF. If you are a remote Indigenous community school or organisation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For schools/educators and businesses, only one booking is needed for any number of participants. Once a booking has been made, a dedicated password will be emailed giving you access to a link to share with students or staff.
The link will expire within 3 months of booking. If you would like to book more than one workshop, please complete a separate booking form.
How are these proceeds used?
All proceeds from the workshops will assist the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to deliver its three core literacy programs in remote communities across Australia in 2022.