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Halfpenny token from Manchester House, 1858

This is a round copper halfpenny token, dating from 1858, that was probably made in Britain. The token features the name, location and business of the issuer, 'R.S. WATERHOUSE / MANCHESTER HOUSE / DRAPERY ESTABLISHMENT'. The reverse side depicts a child suspended from a walking trainer, with the words 'FOR READY MONEY / ...

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One way to begin a landscape painting

Australian painter Jeff Woodger has a passion for post-romantic landscape painting. His work hangs in collections in Japan and New York, but he spends much of his time in regional galleries around Victoria, viewing their collections of landscape paintings. Woodger maps out the first steps in his painting process as he selects ...

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Surrealist art: weird and wonderful

Surrealist art began in the early part of the 20th century. Artists and writers used dreams, their fears or the unconscious mind as inspiration for their artwork. In this clip, find out more about surrealism and its influence on artists of the past and of today.

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Finding beauty in the everyday

Lin Martin is passionate about the connections between science, nature, humanity and Buddhism, all of which come together in her art. Her photographs explore the beauty all around us, in our everyday natural surroundings. It is in these small moments captured by her work, where she draws attention to tiny details in nature, ...

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Creature sculptures rise from the scrap heap

Coolah sculptor David Sherlock brings scrap metal back to life in the form of amazing animals, birds and insects.

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Twist, coil and stitch with Mary Barron

Mary Elizabeth Barron started her art career after raising her children, and the idea of family and of connections between people is central to her art. Using discarded clothing, she weaves together her passions: sustainability, recycling, and the essence of people.

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Morning star poles tell an artistic story

Have you ever seen the morning star? Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi creates morning star poles, or banumbirr, to celebrate the morning star and the importance it holds in his people's lives. Gurruwiwi is a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) Mala leader and Galpu clan representative. In this clip, see how Gurruwiwi creates the ...

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Painting a blank canvas outdoors

Do you fear the blank page or canvas when you're about to create an artwork? Musician Henry Wagons has felt this fear when writing music but also felt it when he first tried landscape painting. See how his painting turned out after he had a little help from an expert.

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Video glossary: art terms in action

This resource focuses on defining common art terms that relate to Abstract Expressionism and to painting in general through video demonstrations that show each of the terms demonstrated by an artist at work in their studio. It presents six different art terms including Paint, Viscosity, Palette knife, Emulsion, Enamel, ...

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Yolngu sea country: painting on bark

This is a resource about the importance of painting on bark for the Yolngu people of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text, an illustration, a short video, and related links. The text explains that painting is an expression of the Law for Country, and says where the barks, paints ...

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experiMENTALS: Relightable candle

This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of relighting a candle. This activity is most likely to be done as a teacher demonstration for safety and classroom management reasons, particularly at primary school level. Do this experiment to learn how a candle ...

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experiMENTALS: ink chromatography

This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of separating ink mixtures using paper chromatography.

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InsideArt: studio production

This is an album of six videos that focus on the work of six contemporary Australian artists and explore their sources of inspiration and subject matter, their selection and use of techniques, processes and technologies, the materials they use and the styles with which they work. Michel Lawrence interviews each of the artists ...

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Visual art starters: portray yourself

This is a resource about portraits and portraiture. It begins with a video featuring actor Keith Brockett discussing portraiture in general and three portraits in the National Gallery of Victoria in particular. The resource centres on four teacher-guided learning activities: Exploring faces; Proportions of the face; Face ...

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Visual art starters: sustain your art

This is a resource about using clean waste materials to create artworks that promote sustainability. It begins with a video featuring contemporary visual artist Ash Keating discussing his commitment to sustainability and describing three of his artworks. The resource contains three teacher-guided learning activities: Ash ...

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Paper by Fifty three - iTunes app

Jot down notes and sketch using five different drawing and painting tools. Create your own pages or journals and save the pages to your camera roll. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015

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Brushes Redux - iTunes app

Create paintings using editable brushes with a range of brush effects. Includes layers, transparency, and ability to export and import images. Unlimited undo and redo allows you replay your brushstrokes. Images can be saved to camera roll, file sharing, emailed or posted on social media. Free when reviewed 27/5/2015.

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The Birds

Sobrane is a visual artist who lives in Broome, Western Australia. Listen as she explains why she likes using charcoal and spray paint to create her work. What does she say about the relationship between the birds she creates in her art and the people she sees around her?

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Meet Eric the Embroiderer

Eric Smith has been embroidering for 20 years and recently won first prize in the Sydney Royal Easter Show for his embroidery. How does he describe his artistic intentions?

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 The Arts

This unit uses dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based ...