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What makes art good or bad?

How do you decide whether a piece of art is good or bad? Meet Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President at RMIT Professor Paul Gough. What questions does Paul suggest we ask ourselves about works of art, in order to discover how we value it? Find a piece of art nearby, in a book or online, and take ...

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Making art with glass

Steve Cooke is a glassmaker who lives in Esperance, Western Australia. Watch this video to learn how he uses glass to create his art objects. What are some of the challenges? Why does he choose these particular colours and materials?

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Chicken challenge

Learn to use two-dimensional shapes to create a chicken artwork.

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Shake the papaya tree

Find out more about papaya trees and then learn to draw one! Learn a song about climbing a tree and some movements to perform as you sing the song. Explore how to find the beat in the music.

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Bird's eye art

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

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Discovering costume design with the Queensland Ballet

Watch this clip to learn about the role of a ballet costume designer. What is the aim of a costume designer? Why is it important for costume designers to work with lighting designers and set designers?

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The power of science photography

Visual art and science are often considered to be separate fields. Watch as Phred Petersen talks about the way he combines his passions of photography and science. What is the role of technology in enabling this crossover? What kinds of scientific discoveries can be assisted by high-speed photography? And how can scientific ...

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Let's act out

Develop skills in preparing and performing a character monologue.

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What is Go-go music?

Watch this BTN clip to find out all about Go-go music! What sort of music is it and where did it originate? Some people think Go-go music and culture is linked to violence and crime, while others believe it enables people to get away from the danger on the streets. What does Go-go star Chi Ali say this music should be used for?

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Illustration techniques with Dougal MacPherson

Ever wondered how illustrators create the images that end up on the pages of picture books? Watch as illustrator Dougal MacPherson describes the materials and techniques he used to create the images in Introducing Teddy. Why did he choose to work the way he did? Have a go at creating your own images using some of the techniques ...

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Voice and accents – Part 1

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, and where the voice comes from to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively, as well as experiment with tongue twisters.

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Voice and accents – part 2

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, vocal warms and how to use different accents to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively and learning to use the Standard American Accent.

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Dougal MacPherson on the power of illustration in storytelling

Dougal MacPherson is the illustrator of Introducing Teddy, a story about being yourself. Watch as Dougal describes the way his illustrations help tell the story of a teddy called Thomas, who realises he's much happier being Tilly. How and why do Dougal's illustrations change as Teddy's story is told? Choose a picture book ...

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Dyeing eggs at Easter time

Are there special occasions during the year that your family celebrates? What do you do to celebrate? Watch this clip to learn how to make colourful, dyed eggs, a traditional Greek Easter activity. How are the colourful dyes made? And what is the traditional game that is played with the eggs on Easter Saturday? Why don't ...

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Exploring the relationship between music and ballet

The music of The Nutcracker was written by a Russian composer called Tchaikovsky. Listen as Queensland Ballet's Music Director and Principal Conductor Andrew Mogrelia describes how the music communicates the story of The Nutcracker. How does the music influence the choreographer's decisions? Why is it important for the ...

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Star power dance

An interactive lesson linked to a segment from the 2019 Schools Spectacular. Have fun exploring your creative side and express yourself through dance. Learn and perform the choreography to the 2019 finale item.

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Turning rubbish into animals

Recycling can take many forms. Watch this video to discover how one artist in tropical north Queensland uses rubbish found on beaches to create beautiful and thought provoking artworks.

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Dancing lions celebrate the Lunar New Year

Meet the Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance Troupe from Canberra and find out why lions play a special role in lunar new year celebrations. Why does the dancing lion bow three times at the beginning of its dance? What does it then do to bless the shop or business it’s visiting? Troupe leader David Wong says that there are two ...

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Introduced Species 360

Composer Katy Abbott, uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992 spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean as the catalyst for her work: Introduced Species. Six 360 cameras were embedded into the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Introduced Species to give the viewer a unique and immersive ...

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What's that mystery instrument?

Watch this video to learn about a spooky sounding instrument called the theremin. How is it played? Listen as it joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to play music from the TV show Dr Who. Do you like the sounds it makes? Why or why not?