Through arts workshops and practical activies, teams are encrouaged to explore common ground by working together in the spirit of reconcilation. Broader discussion about the cultural background of the workshop activity helps participants to fully appreciate the important role Indigenous culture have is out communities and workplaces. 

A range of cultural Immersion workshops are available to give the participants an opportunity to learn about the practice and to create their very own keep sake or collaborative artwork.

Workshop topics include:

1. Interwoven (Aboriginal weaving)

1-3 hours, with one presenter for groups up to 30 people. (multiple sessions or extra presenters are available for larger groups)

ACTIVITY: Participants learn about traditional Aboriginal weaving, how, when and why with the opportunity to create a contemporary weaving keep sake or collaborative artwork.

2. Appreciation (Aboriginal Art appreciation)

1-3 hours, with one presenter for groups up to 30 people. (multiple sessions or extra presenters are available for larger groups)

ACTIVITY: Participants learn about how to be inspired by traditional Aboriginal art to create something contemporary in a culturally appropriate way with the opportunity to create a contemporary weaving keep sake or collaborative artwork.

3. Possum (Possum Skin Cloaks)

1-3 hours, with one presenter for groups up to 30 people. (multiple sessions or extra presenters are available for larger groups)

ACTIVITY: Participants learn about possum skin cloaks, their role in society, how they were made and why. Participants get to create their own possum skin arm band.

‘One of the best in-services I have ever attended’

‘A very worthwhile day, it has provided an opportunity for us regionally to come and create something together something other than just work. It’s another way for us to connect now.’

‘As an Aboriginal person I loved the opportunity to participate in cultural activities while learning aspects I hadn’t had the opportunity to learn about before.’

Professional Development for Educators:

Speaking in Colour offers a range of Teacher Professional Learning opportunities for educators to understand how to translate the Department of Education’s (DEC) Aboriginal education policy into practice.

Any of the workshops below can be tailor made to suit your school’s needs:

How to Implement Aboriginal Perspectives

A concise 2 hour session designed to provide an understanding of the Aboriginal Education Policy and how this relates to the local Aboriginal needs at your local school or centre. We then look at the barriers effecting all educators implementing such content and how we can work through these barriers to teach all students about Aboriginal Australia in a culturally appropriate way. Practical examples of how other educators have done this are shown with an emphasis on how they were developed. The session will encourage most educators to have a go at implementing Aboriginal perspectives.
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Cultural Immersion

Workshops are 1-3hours, these are themed: Weaving, Possum Skin, or Aboriginal Art appreciation. This will allow your staff to develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal people and culture, providing the opportunity for some hands-on activities and more time to connect and develop. In this session, your staff will learn many contemporary activities linked to traditional practices that they can teach in their classrooms. Naturally many educators are extremely empowered by this process.
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