Image Carol Rudyard: 'Northern theme', 1973

TLF ID M012593

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Northern theme' by Carol Rudyard 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 painting references the Australian landscape, exploring the dynamic relationships between compositional elements: line, colour, surface and space.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a resource of great value for the Responding strand of the Visual Arts curriculum in upper-primary and secondary schooling. This is especially so for content descriptions that may refer to students responding to the visual arts works of Australian artists and considering the broader historical and cultural contexts of their work. The resource gives students the opportunity to examine the painting closely and to hear and read a senior curator's response to the work.
  • 'Northern theme', 1973 has significant value when exploring and interpreting the meaning of artworks, and how artists deconstruct physical references such as the landscape in order to build abstract compositions. Artists such as Carol Rudyard (1922-) adopted international ideas about the use of colour and space. In the painting, she employs a complementary colour harmony to intensify the relationships among the elements, and the intense pink spaces tonally pulsate as the viewer's eyes move across the surface.
  • The resource may also have some relevance for the Literacy and Critical and creative thinking general capabilities.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
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  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
  • Text
  • Video
  • © National Gallery of Australia 2009 (except where otherwise indicated). This material may be copied, downloaded, communicated and displayed free of charge for non-commercial educational use until 31 December 2015, provided all acknowledgements associated with the material are retained.