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The world of Mickey of Ulladulla

This series of learning activities is based on a past State Library of NSW exhibition, Mari Nawi: Aboriginal Odysseys containing links to video content and collection items including artworks by Mickey of Ulladulla, letters, journals and official documents. Activity 1, explores how life for the Aboriginal people changed ...

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Graeme Base's first drawings

Children's book creator Graeme Base talks about his early life and how he first started drawing at school.

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Playing with art materials

Illustrator Ann James plays with different art materials. She smudges oil pastels and dreams up ideas for pictures using the word 'pounce'.

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Graeme Base hunting ideas!

Have you ever looked for an idea? World famous children's book creator Graeme Base talks about the places, animals and things that inspire his stories.

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Kevin Burgemeestre's art advice

Top tips and advice on making your own artworks from illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre.

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The historical legacy of John Glover

English artist John Glover emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1831. He settled on a generous land grant called "Patterdale", near Deddington in northern Tasmania. Many of Glover’s artworks provide historical records of the people, plants and animals who lived in the area, as well as the changes wrought by European settlement.

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Graeme Base loves dragons!

Dragons, fantasy and monsters were a huge influence on children's book creator Graeme Base's early art.

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Ann James reflects on her picture

Illustrator Ann James talks about the artworks she made during the day. How do you make a picture with oil pastels, paint and mud?

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Meet the illustrators!

Illustrators Ann James, Kevin Burgemeestre and Craig Smith tell us about the artists, illustrators, cartoonists and art styles that influence them.

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Ann James painting and drawing

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different artworks she made for the word 'pounce'.

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Awe and wonder in science fiction art

Where might you find a futuristic caveman and abandoned cities and feel like you're walking on Mars? 'Awfully wonderful: science fiction in contemporary art' is an exhibition with works that explore the possibilities of the future and what science makes us capable of, both the good and the bad.

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Mervyn Street: painting the old days

Imagine growing up on the land, working with horses and cattle, camping out and learning the skills of a stockman. Mervyn Street remembers his youth as a time full of fun. He is a Gooniyandi man who was born on Louisa Downs Station near Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. An accomplished artist, he depicts his memories ...

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Finding beauty in the everyday

Lin Martin is passionate about the connections between science, nature, humanity and Buddhism, all of which come together in her art. Her photographs explore the beauty all around us, in our everyday natural surroundings. It is in these small moments captured by her work, where she draws attention to tiny details in nature, ...

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Hotham Street Ladies' sweet installation

The Hotham Street Ladies make incredible art out of ... Well, see if you can guess! Intricate wallpapers, delicate glass, prawn tails and woven rugs form part of an elaborate collaborative installation at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This clip explores the how and the why of this delicious ...

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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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Twist, coil and stitch with Mary Barron

Mary Elizabeth Barron started her art career after raising her children, and the idea of family and of connections between people is central to her art. Using discarded clothing, she weaves together her passions: sustainability, recycling, and the essence of people.

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The Beauty of 8

The Beauty Of 8 eResource gives insight into a fusion of Australian and Japanese cultures and rhythm. The end product is an exciting and dynamic artform that appeals to all ages. Taikoz is at once meditative and free-spirited, primal and dramatic. This eResource encourages students and teachers to observe, listen, perform ...

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Making the didgeridu: inspiration and culture

Artist Frankie Lane learnt traditional didgeridu-making skills from an uncle. For him it is important in turn to pass on the knowledge and skills he has learnt. Find out some fascinating details about how Lane, who comes from Beswick (Wugularr) in the Northern Territory, creates a didjeridu.

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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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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 ...