Vivian Komando's Art Room

Vivian Komando, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire


Work shown in this Art Room was done while Vivian Komando taught Visual Art at Pope John Paul II High School in Henderson, Tennessee. There are six pages to her art room so make sure you visit all the links below.

Vivian KomandoPrior to joining PJP II, Mrs. Komando was an art teacher at Niceville Senior High School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and New American School, in Niceville, Florida. She is a faculty consultant for the College Board Advanced Placement Studio Art portfolios under the Educational Testing Service. She is also an assistant examiner for the International Baccalaureate Studio Art examination.


I am looking forward to adding updates from the students at Phillips Exeter Academy.


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Art of Australia: Aboriginal Dot Painting


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Students studied the Aboriginal dot style of painting. They created their own abstract works using dot technique. See the student handout. Click images for larger views.


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Internet Resource: Ron G. Steven "Art of Water" (Canadian artist)

Vivian Komando's Favorite Quote: "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Vivian sent me this poster from her most recent art show below. The images in the poster were obviously from her lesson on IAD. Click on the image below for full size.


Montgomery Bell Academy 2011 Student Art Exhibition


All works on these pages Copyright 2004. Permission can not be granted for other use.


Aboriginal Dot Painting

Student Handout

Vivian Komando, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire
2D PORTFOLIO STUDIO ART: Student handout for the dot painting

Aboriginal Art

Your exam consists of a project created based on the Aboriginal Dream Time Paintings.

1. View the Aboriginal Art, Past Present, and Future Video

2. Research Dreamtime Paintings and have 6 colored examples for design references

3. Decide on a theme for your painting after learning about the meanings incorporated into the Dreamtime paintings ( )

4. Draw a preliminary sketch for your project and have it approved

5. Using the dot painting technique, paint your sketch and have it completed for the exam period.




The Dreamtime is often reference to the 'time before time,' or 'the time of the creation of all things', while 'Dreaming' is often used to refer to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or spirituality. The 'Ancestor Spirits' came to Earth in human and other forms and the land, the plants and animals were given their form as we know them today. These Spirits established relationships between groups and individuals, (whether people or animals) and where they traveled across the land, or came to a halt, they created rivers, hills, etc., and there are often stories attached to these places. Once their work was done, the Ancestor Spirits changed again; into animals or stars or hills or other objects. For Indigenous Australians, the past is still alive and vital today and will remain so into the future. The Ancestor Spirits and their ! powers have not gone, they are present in the forms into which they changed at the end of the 'Dreamtime' or 'Dreaming,' as the stories tell. The stories have been handed down through the ages and are an integral part of an Indigenous person's 'Dreaming.'



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