This can easily be done on paper too, but I had a canvas frame sitting on the shelf and decided to use it. I also bought marker paint pens thinking it would be easy and create a nice look. After seeing the inconsistency of it-I would have my student use a Q-tip or pencil end to create the dots instead. It worked OK but I think the other tools would have helped him retain a more unilateral look. I helped with the painting of the non-dot areas (per his request) by simply putting some of the paint from the pen into a tray then applied it with a paint brush.
Regardless of the different ways to achieve it, he had fun and that was the overall goal.
Aboriginal Art Project:
*Canvas (purchased at Michaels using coupon)
*Marker Paint Pens (purchased at Wal-Mart)
*Pencil for tracing image
*Paint brush/tray (not pictured)
*Picture (from Bisbane Kids site)
Basically, he chose what image he wanted. I traced the outline in pencil on the back side of the picture, then flipped it over and re-traced the image onto the canvas. It worked enough so that I was able to see the basic layout. I took the black paint and outlined it for him. I almost used a Sharpie but he wanted the paint which was a bit sloppy but it worked. The goal here was to have fun-not create a masterpiece. He painted some areas, then set it aside to dry overnight (between applications) to keep it from smearing. I painted the sections he wanted a solid color. We are allowing it to fully dry before we proudly display it in our classroom.
Again-this could be done on paper as well. There are a few videos online you can watch for technique and guidance too. Don't forget to search Pintrest for ideas and different art projects using the Aboriginal dot paint style...there are lots of them!