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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Graphic arts  >  Printmaking
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What is a print?

This is an interactive resource that focuses on different techniques used in printing, including woodcut, etching, lithography and screen printing, each presented with detailed contextual information and a gallery of exhibits. It also includes definitions, interactive demonstrations, a glossary and recommended reading. ...

Teacher resource

Throwing off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95 - essay by John Dower

This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how Japanese woodblock printmakers presented the war between Japan and China to the Japanese public. The highly readable and richly illustrated essay contains five chapters, more than 100 woodblock prints, a map showing the campaigns and several woodcut engravings. ...


Newspaper printing press in action

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary film entitled 'The Sydney Morning Herald', which shows the printing press of John Fairfax and Sons in Ultimo, Sydney in the early 1900s. The segment begins with an intertitle: 'STARTING UP. THIS MACHINE PRINTS 48,000 8 PAGE PAPERS PER HOUR'. It shows close-up shots of the ...


'Goanna curtain', c1958

This is a single-colour, screen-printed curtain designed by Frances Burke (1907-94) and manufactured around 1958 by Frances Burke Fabrics (1937-94). Measuring 148.0 cm x 161.5 cm, the curtain has a decorative all-over design that consists of a series of regularly spaced, light-toned horizontal bands set against a dark blue ...


'Dead Goebbels he say', 1971

This is an oil painting made in 1971 by Richard Larter (1929-). Measuring 123.5 cm x 185.0 cm, the work consists of a number of faces and figures that have been appropriated from newspapers and magazines and arranged informally on a flat surface. One of the images of the men (upper right) wears a military cap and is gesticulating ...


Fawkner Press 'forme' with typesetting items, 1850-1900; assembled 2008

This is a printing forme - a box filled with 19th-century type and typesetting items. When the forme is empty the frame is known as a chase. The overall dimensions are: length 35.5 cm, width 53 cm, height 1 cm.


Fawkner printing press, 1838

This video shows curator David Demant talking about John Pascoe Fawkner's printing press on display in Museum Victoria, and its important role in unifying a growing colony. The press was used to print Melbourne's first newspaper in 1838. The video runs for 1 min 55 sec, and includes a painting of John Pascoe Fawkner and ...

Teacher resource

Throwing off Asia ll: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95

This is a collection of online materials about how the war between Japan and China was presented to the Japanese public via the medium of woodblock prints. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; eight sets of prints presented as visual narratives; an animation of how a woodblock print was ...

Teacher resource

Tokyo modern II: Koizumi Kishio's '100 views' - annotations and gallery, 1928-40

This is a second collection of online materials focusing on the 100 woodblock prints produced between 1928 and 1940 by artist Koizumi Kishio that explore the rebirth of Tokyo in the years following the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. (See also 'Tokyo modern I'.) This collection comprises: 109 prints, including nine revised ...

Interactive resource

Making a woodblock print, 1935

This is an animated step-by-step demonstration of how lines and colours are successively built up in the process of woodblock printing. It shows the separate images produced by the 20 wooden blocks used in making the colour print entitled ‘Yanagibashi Bridge in the Snow’. The lines of each individual block and the colours ...


'Am I not a man and a brother?', 1837

This is a black-and-white illustration of a kneeling male slave in chains. It appeared on a broadside (a poster, often with a poem or news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations) published in New York. The broadside also featured John Greenleaf Whittier's anti-slavery poem, 'Our countrymen in chains' and two quotations, ...


'Emancipation', c1865

This is an engraving printed in black and rose celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. The artist, Thomas Nast, has placed a domestic scene of a contented ex-slave family in the centre. Above is the Statue of Freedom, which crowns the dome of the US Capitol; below, ...

Teacher resource

Linocuts of Black, Syme and Spowers

This is a resource about three Australian artists and printmakers of the 1920s and 30s: Dorrit Black, Eveline Syme and Ethel Spowers. It revolves around a video clip featuring Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, describing the artists' background and study in England and how their work ...

Moving Image

Are you ready for 4D printing?

Have you heard of 4D printing, an extension of the 3D printing process that creates (prints) a 3D computer-designed object in a material such as as metal or plastic? With 4D printing, objects transform or bend themselves into their final shape. Explore this new technology, and discover what activates the morphing. Consider ...

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How does 3D printing work?

Watch this video to learn how 3D printing works. Can you explain the steps involved in creating a 3D object? What sorts of materials can be used in 3D printing? And how is it being used in the healthcare sector?


Sydney Tramways, c1928: Central Square

This black-and-white silent clip shows Central Square (now called Railway Square) in Sydney in the late 1920s. A continuous stream of trams is seen arriving and departing from the station with crowds of people getting on and off or walking to or from the railway station. Automobiles and buses can also be seen. The camera ...


The death of Captain Cook

This is a hand-coloured engraving of Captain James Cook's death in February 1779. It was created by John Webber (1751-93) in 1785. It depicts a crowded battle scene at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, with palm trees and mountains in the background. Cook has fallen to the beach and is firing on his attackers while a Hawaiian warrior ...


Street scenes in Tumut - asset 2

This is a clip from a silent black-and-white film of street scenes in Tumut, New South Wales, during the 1920s. The footage shows shops with verandas and awnings, a large advertisement for Goldenia tea, a sporting goods shop advertisement, people in street clothes, cars angle-parked at the kerbs of wide streets, exotic ...


Newspaper folding machine in action

This is an excerpt from a 1910 silent documentary entitled 'The Sydney Morning Herald'. It shows one stage of the newspaper-printing process in the early 1900s, which is introduced by the intertitle: 'ANOTHER LARGE MACHINE SHOWING DELIVERY OF THE PAPERS FROM THE FOLDING MECHANISM'. The footage shows folding machines in ...


'Barry and Roberts' employees' - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a 1916 silent film entitled 'Barry and Roberts' Employees'. It shows many male employees leaving the premises of Barry and Roberts' store in Brisbane, Queensland. Two horse-drawn carriages, a bicycle and a car pass between the camera and the men.