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The Conversation: arts explainers

This is a collection of short articles (explainers) about arts movements (modernism, cubism), visual arts (film lighting), artistic method (Feldenkrais Method), music (classical, indi), institutions (the Oscars) and more. The articles are written in plain language and are authored by experts from universities in Australia ...

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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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Celebration and Satire

This lesson plan guides students to compare and contrast different perspectives of the French Revolution as depicted in two works of art. They will discuss the use of satire and caricature to comment on historical and current events and will create satirical cartoons based on contemporary issues.

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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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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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'The artist is the man': Picasso, the exhibition

A life of art is explored in an exhibition on Picasso at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2011-12. Curator Anne Baldassari discusses Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, focusing on the artist himself. Over his lifetime Picasso explored many styles and techniques in his work.

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It's all about me: Picasso

Is Pablo Picasso the artist who defined the 20th century? Edmund Capon thinks so. He also describes Picasso's work as highly autobiographical. As a former director of the Art Gallery of NSW for 33 years, Capon knows about art! So what can Picasso's paintings tell us about Picasso the man?

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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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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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Through the lens of the Australian military

Did you know the Australian military has a special unit that includes photographers? It's the 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. Meet and see the work of two passionate photographers, Corporal Jake Sims and Able Seaman Lee-Anne Mack. See what they photograph as members of the military service and hear how they go about capturing ...

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Creative block: the art of getting unblocked

Lorelei Vashti has a book deal with a publisher. Now, if she could only write the book! This is a story about one writer's inability to write her book, told through another medium - digital storytelling - using the beautiful illustrations of artist Grace Lee. Oh, and there is a talking dog! This clip was taken from a series ...

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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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NGAkids Art Zone - iTunes app

Explore eight interactive activities inspired by works in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington USA. Investigate visual conventions and understand more about design elements and principles through artistic play. A range of portrait, landscape, still-life and abstract paintings.Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

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Street art has its space

In 2011 Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, once the home of convicts and shipbuilding, was the venue for the Outpost Project, a vast collection of international and Australian artists making and exhibiting legal urban and street art.

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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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Australian: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the Australian collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio and video analysis and interviews. Artworks are from pre-1900s to 2010s. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.

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Contemporary: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the contemporary collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including the John Kaldor Family collection. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio curator insights and video interviews. Artworks are from 1960s to 2010s. Free ...

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What most figures in Boyd's paintings?

Australian artist Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) has contributed a huge amount to Australian art, says former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon. Hear Capon's view that, although many of Boyd's paintings are of Australian landscapes, the focus is more on the people within them, and about Boyd's own thoughts ...

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What's so special about graphic novels?

Graphic novels are a contemporary literary phenomenon. But what sets them apart from other forms of narrative, such as novels or films? Explore the unique features of the graphic novel in this discussion with some of Australia's most successful graphic novelists. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW - iTunes app

Explore a selection of artists and artworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Contains images, background information on the artists and their art, and some audio curator insights and video interviews. Artworks are from 1990s to 2010s. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015.