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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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Every painting tells a story

At first glance you will see in Thomas Faed's painting 'Worn Out' (1868) a sleeping child in a bed holding the sleeve of a man asleep in a chair beside him. You might imagine the story shown here and think about the way the painting makes you feel. This clip has many more clues that will help you understand the story in ...

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Reading the message in a painting

Have you ever 'read' a painting? In England during the mid-1800s, the job of a seamstress or dressmaker was often not a happy one. Explore, or 'read', Richard Redgrave's painting 'The Seamstress' (1846) to find out more about the life of one such woman, and to discover the message that the artist was sending.

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Through my own eyes: a self-portrait - teacher resource

This resource for teachers is a visual arts unit that leads to a resolved two-dimensional self-portrait on paper. The unit combines the techniques of drawing and painting and explores the concept of a personal environment. It is in four parts: exploring examples of portraits by artists across history; developing line-drawn ...

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Biography: Federation people: Thomas Roberts

Investigate famous artist Thomas (Tom) Roberts's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Roberts: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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What's the splatter effect?

Creating artworks with paint doesn't necessarily have to involve painting with a brush. You can use other tools and methods to get paint on paper or any other surface. How does adding more water to paint influence the kind of splatter you get on your painting surface? Experiment with paint and water to create your own artwork ...

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The dot

Students will listen to the story 'The Dot' by Peter H Reynolds and create artworks of real and imagined things inspired by the story. They also sing a song with simple actions.

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Ian Fairweather: 'Shalimar', c1962

This resource includes an enlargeable image, with corresponding catalogue information, of the painting 'Shalimar' by Ian Fairweather (1891-1974). There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text providing information on the artist's career and an interpretation of the artwork.

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Brushing up on animals

Students discover techniques for drawing animals and painting an artwork.

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Gordon Barunga, artist and cattleman

Gordon Barunga is an Aboriginal artist and a cattleman. How has his past influenced his art making? Think of his childhood in a remote Aboriginal community, learning to craft items out of boab nuts and watching his father paint wandjinas (cloud and rain spirits).

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Strange faces

Students explore the artworks of Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who lived four hundred years ago. He loved creating artworks out of other objects. He used objects like fruit, vegetables, sea creatures, flowers, bowls, barrels and books. Students create their own artwork in his style.

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Stamping in visual arts

In visual art, what do you think stamping refers to? Learn how to create artworks using this technique. See if you can find something other than a leaf as the stamp to experiment with.

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28 NATSIAA: 28th national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art awards

This is a free application for the iPad and iPhone that showcases Indigenous Australian artworks from the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2011. It features 61 preselected artworks in five categories: painting, bark painting, work on paper, three-dimensional work and new media. It includes ...

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The abstract world of Kandinsky

Explore abstract art and music inspired by artist Wassily Kandinsky.

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Bird's eye art

A visual arts activity for students using aerial perspective and abstract forms.

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Louvre HD

This is a free application for the iPad and iPhone that showcases selected paintings from the Louvre Museum, featuring 180 artworks by more than 100 painters, categorised by artist and by century. This resource also includes details of the artists and the artworks - year of completion, media used and dimensions - as well ...

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Pictures of the Floating World: all artworks

This website gallery of Japanese artwork is found in the ‘Pictures of the Floating World’ section of the National Gallery of Victoria’s website. The gallery contains 34 images categorised into four themes: Heroes, Villains, Ghosts and Monsters. There is a blub on the right-hand side of the page that explains ‘Ukiyo-e’ (pictures ...

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Fun with flowers

Students discover the creative and scientific art of botanical illustration and respond to the drawing through poetry and music.

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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Kiata' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting, and information about the artist's views. The painting represents ...

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Ian Fairweather: 'Monastery', 1961

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Monastery' by Ian Fairweather and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The abstract painting ...