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'Painting', 1958

This is a painting in synthetic polymers by Ralph Balson (1890-1964). Made in 1958 and measuring 137.0 cm x 137.0 cm, the painting consists of an all-over pattern of black, blue and white daubs of paint that are spaced more or less evenly across the entire image. A number of these daubs, particularly the white units, have ...

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Laminated glass sculpture, 'The Beginning of the End', c1995

This is a glass collage exploring the theme of birth and the intensity of life through a chaotic and colourful juxtaposition of glass assembled then fired. the panel is: 86.5 cm x 24.0 cm.

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Howard Taylor: 'No horizon', 1994

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'No horizon' by Howard Taylor (1918-2001). Included is a video with audio commentary interpreting the painting, its style and meaning, and information about the artist's career. Additional information about his ideas and method of working ...

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ArtsPOP: Visual arts

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan and implement a visual arts program called 'Abstractable me' that looks at creating and responding to abstract art in primary art lessons. It describes a visual arts program implemented in a year 5 class that involved students investigating the life and work of Pablo ...

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ArtsPOP: Classroom advice

This resource provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains professional learning and development information and materials to support the management and integration of the arts curriculum under the topics: Managing space, Managing ...

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Tuckson, 1988: Passionate painter

This clip shows scenes of a gallery displaying the artworks of Australian painter Tony Tuckson. These scenes are accompanied by lively classical music, and a narrator identifies defining elements of Tuckson's painting style. This is followed by voice-over commentary by a friend or associate of Tuckson. This commentary is ...

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Making meaning through text, images and audio - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge involved in planning and teaching a unit of English in which students learn to analyse and create multimodal texts. The resource provides video ...

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Roy De Maistre: 'New Atlantis', c1933

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'New Atlantis' by Roy De Maistre 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 ...

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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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Tony Tuckson: 'Watery', 1960

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Watery, by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and ideas for his abstract-expressionist landscape. the commentary is provided as text on the web page. The painter employed a gestural ...

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What is Abstract Expressionism?

This is an online resource that focuses on Abstract Expressionism. It includes a definition of Abstract Expressionism; an artwork slideshow that presents Abstract Expressionists in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) collection; a video of curator Ann Temkin's introduction to the exhibition, Abstract Expressionist New York; ...

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Vivid Sydney – 77 Million Paintings

A series of video interviews with Nick Robertson about Brian Eno's '77 Million Paintings' installation, which was part of an exhibition in Vivid Sydney 2009. The resource includes clips of the installation.

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What is abstract art?

Traditionally artworks were representations of real life objects and environments. When you looked at these works you could usually identify what the artist was representing. How is abstract art different from this? Watch this video to see an example of an abstract painting, then have a go at creating one yourself!

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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 ...

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James Cant: 'Objects in the landscape', 1936

This resource includes an enlargeable image, with corresponding catalogue information, of the surrealist painting 'Objects in the landscape' by James Cant (1911-82). There is also a video with audio commentary, onscreen text on the artist's career and an interpretation of the painting. Cant was influenced by Surrealism, ...

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John Olsen: 'Sydney sun', 1965

This resource includes an enlargeable image and corresponding catalogue information of the landscape painting 'Sydney sun' by John Olsen. There is also a video with audio commentary providing an interpretation of the artwork. The onscreen text outlines additional information about the artist, his career, influential ideas ...

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Fred Williams: 'Upwey landscape', 1965-66

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Upwey landscape' by Fred Williams (1927-82). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and how he developed his abstract landscapes. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting represents ...

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Imants Tillers: 'Terra incognita', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the large-format painting 'Terra incognita' by Imants Tillers (1950-). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting's title means 'unknown ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'White over red and blue', c1971

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'White over red and blue' by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary about the artist, his ideas and his process of painting. Additional information about the abstract-expressionist landscape is provided by ...