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Making waves with Hokusai

Students create artworks and poetry inspired by the works of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

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Eugene von Guerard: 'Purrumbete from across the lake' 1858

Lured to Australia by the discovery of gold, Eugene von Guérard was the lead painter in the first century of European settlement. This piece is one of a pair that was commissioned by land owners Peter and John Manifold. Von Guérard was known for his mastery of landscapes, and his attention to detail and interest in the ...

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Arthur Merric Boyd: 'Gathering seaweed before the storm, Sandringham beach' 1900

Arthur Boyd's interest in seeking to capture the effects of light on water is demonstrated here. How does he convey the impression of an approaching storm? How do you think painting outdoors influences the use of light and colour he uses in his art?

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Stamping in visual arts

In visual art, what do you think stamping refers to? Learn how to create artworks using this technique. See if you can find something other than a leaf as the stamp to experiment with.

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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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John Glover: 'Mr Robinson's house on the Derwent, Van Diemen's Land' c. 1838

Artists were often captivated by their first glimpse of the Australian landscape and portrayed the countryside with a sense of wonder. This example by John Glover includes trees with curled branches, brightly lit skies and colour infused hills. How does this image compare to others you have seen of this period?

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Conrad Martens: 'View from Rose Bank' 1840

Many early artists romanticised the Australian colonial landscape and did not always strictly paint what they saw. In this example Martens has given the landscape a decidedly Italian atmosphere, softening the colour palate and creating a more ‘civilised' view. Can you think of why the artist may be interested in changing ...

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Charles Conder: 'Hot wind' 1889

In the late 19th century symbolism was used in depictions of the Australian Colonial landscape. This example painted by Charles Conder was painted during the Victorian drought in 1889.How does the artist convey the heat of the Australian landscape in this image? What role does the female figure play in this painting?

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Louis Buvelot: 'Near Fernshaw' 1873

Louis Buvelot depicted the Australian landscape with a sense of familiarity that many settlers had come to feel about their new homeland. The influence of the outdoor painting style saw his work become known for revealing the hidden beauty in seemingly normal landscapes. How does Buvelot achieve this sense of familiarity ...

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GW Evans: 'Blighton Farm' 1810

Blighton Farm, on the Hawkesbury River at Pitt Town in the colony of New South Wales, was a successful farmstead. How does the artist convey this in the painting? Watch this video to find out why such a painting was commissioned and created.

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Every painting tells a story

At first glance you will see in Thomas Faed's painting 'Worn Out' (1868) a sleeping child in a bed holding the sleeve of a man asleep in a chair beside him. You might imagine the story shown here and think about the way the painting makes you feel. This clip has many more clues that will help you understand the story in ...

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Bird's eye art

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

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Inspire me …

Using stimulus material to inspire art and music. Learn about plastics in the ocean and what oceanographers have learnt through seascape artwork. Create an artwork based on a seascape and plastic waste, Explore graphic notation and create a city soundscape with an artwork as a stimulus.

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Brushing up on animals

Students discover techniques for drawing animals and painting an artwork.

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Fun with flowers

Students discover the creative and scientific art of botanical illustration and respond to the drawing through poetry and music.

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John Lewin: 'Reed warbler' 1805

Natural history illustrator John Lewin was the first professional artist to come to Australia as a free settler. His collected illustrations of native birds became the first non-government book published in the colony. How difficult do you think it was to identify and illustrate so many different birds?

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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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Emma Boyd: 'The quail shooter' 1884

In this work Emma Boyd depicts the landscape near her home, ‘The Grange', in Victoria. See how the landscape dominates the single human figure? What do you think this suggests? What is the artists trying to say by creating this sense of scale?

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What's the splatter effect?

Creating artworks with paint doesn't necessarily have to involve painting with a brush. You can use other tools and methods to get paint on paper or any other surface. How does adding more water to paint influence the kind of splatter you get on your painting surface? Experiment with paint and water to create your own artwork ...

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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!