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The Conversation: arts explainers

This is a collection of short articles (explainers) about arts movements (modernism, cubism), visual arts (film lighting), artistic method (Feldenkrais Method), music (classical, indi), institutions (the Oscars) and more. The articles are written in plain language and are authored by experts from universities in Australia ...

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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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The Art and Science of Impressionist Color

In this sequence of lessons, students will learn about the Impressionist painters' use of colour and how it connected to early-19th-century scientific theories about colour. They will explore combinations of primary and secondary colours, experiment creating secondary colours, and create a landscape using complementary colours.

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Chicken challenge

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

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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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The Birds

Sobrane is a visual artist who lives in Broome, Western Australia. Listen as she explains why she likes using charcoal and spray paint to create her work. What does she say about the relationship between the birds she creates in her art and the people she sees around her?

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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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NGV Asian art

This is a series of PDF and multimedia resources that illustrate and interpret examples of Asian art. Intended primarily for teachers of Foundation through to year 10, the series consists of c.45 two-page PDFs with text and images that include paintings, ceramics, textiles, and sculptures, and 11 multimedia resources that ...

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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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Expressing emotions through Art

This unit focuses on feelings depicted or expressed in works of art. Children make personal connections with works of art that express themes of caring and study how artists use art principles such as space, line, shape, and color to express mood and meaning. Each lesson encourages children to express thoughts and feelings ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Writing and illustrating with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Ever wondered how writers and illustrators work together to create books? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the way Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton collaborate to produce their famous children’s books. Use their pearls of wisdom to help you produce your own story!

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Creating art and meaning from waste

Welcome to Marina DeBris's exhibition, "Beach Couture: A Haute Mess". How would you describe Marina's art? What are the ideas she communicates through her artworks? How do the processes, materials and techniques Marina works with contribute to the creation of meaning in her art? Do you agree with Marina's belief that art ...