Trail for Students
Curriculum links: Victorian Curriculum History Level 3 and 4 – First Contacts Level 5 and 6 – Colony to Nation This activity trail is designed to help students discover more about Australia’s colonial history in the exhibition Colony: Australia 1770–1861, now showing at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
VCE Literature: Literary Perspectives
This education resource has been written in partnership with VATE, (Victorian Association for the Teaching of English). The resource has been developed for students and teachers of VCE Literature as an introduction to literary perspectives. It demonstrates practical ways to negotiate theory in the classroom by focusing on four works in the NGV Collection.
These focus questions for students of VCE Product Design and Technology and VCE Visual Communication Design have been developed to be used in conjunction with the interactive 360 degree view of the R152 Contour chair and the commentary by Suzi Shaw, Conservator, Frames and Furniture, NGV.
This Secondary Schools Education Kit developed by the National Gallery of Australia for Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons.
Explore themes using the NGV Collection The NGV Collection Stories explore major Australian themes using works from the collection. This collection of learning activities accompanies the NGV Collection Stories. Each theme has its own set of learning activities with these sections: EXPLORE – Starting points for thinking and research RESPOND – Analysis and interpreting art […]
Eugene von Guérard
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed which presents a new perspective on the work of Eugene von Guérard, one of Australia’s most important landscape painters. The exhibition argues that von Guérard’s travel to and within Australia was informed and inspired by his scientific interest in the geography, geology and vegetation […]
This education resource accompanies the retrospective exhibition Howard Arkley (2006–2007) which assessed and celebrated Arkley’s singular contribution to the history of twentieth century Australian art. Arkley is popularly conceived as the foremost painter of Australian suburbia yet his signature houses and domestic interiors were always produced in dialogue with his preoccupation with abstraction and pattern. […]
Crossing Borders is an education resource that explores challenging philosophical, cultural and environmental issues of our times through the work of five contemporary artists practising within the Commonwealth: Bani Abidi, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, eX de Medici, Yee I-Lann and Yinka Shonibare. These artists discuss their work in candid film interviews that are accompanied by detailed artist […]
This education resource accompanies the retrospective exhibition John Brack (2009–2010) which surveyed the complete oeuvre of this acclaimed Australian artist and presented paintings and works on paper from every major series he produced. The resource features a 24-page guide with questions, learning activities, quotations and commentaries to support and model students’ responses. An audio guide […]
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Australian Impressionism (2007) which focused on the emergence of Australian impressionism through five key exponents of the movement: Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Fred McCubbin and Jane Sutherland. The resource includes an investigation of the historic and artistic context of Australian Impressionism and contemporary interpretations of selected works […]
This education resource accompanies the exhibition SONGS OF AUSTRALIA VOLUME 16 – SHH, GO BACK TO SLEEP (an un-Australian dob-in mix) (2004), which featured the work of Australian artist and 2002 Contempora Fellow Alex Danko. References to the artist’s childhood and his experiences as a child of immigrant parents growing up in the suburbs of […]
Lives and Times
A selection of works on tour from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists Collection
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Lives and Times: a selection of works on tour from Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists Collection (2007–2008) which featured the art of Peter Graham, Tim Johnston, Clinton Nain, Walangkura Napanangka, Bronwyn Oliver and Rosslynd Piggott. The resource contains detailed information about the six artists and questions and learning […]
Bertram Mackennal (2007–2008) which showcased the sculptures and maquettes of Bertram Mackennal (1863-1931), virtuoso modeller of mythological and allegorical nudes and one of the most successful Australian artists of his time. Working mostly in Europe from 1882, Mackennal was influenced by Symbolist, Art Nouveau, and new Classicist tendencies as well as the British New Sculpture […]
the Frieze of Life
This 16 page, illustrated education resource accompanies the exhibition Edvard Munch: the Frieze of Life (2004–2005) which assembled more than 80 paintings, prints and drawings by this influential Norwegian artist. Perhaps more than any other artist, Edvard Munch gave shape to the inner life and psyche of modern man and was a precursor in the […]
Art & Life
This education resource, developed by the Art Gallery of NSW, highlights key works, ideas and themes from the exhibition Margaret Preston: art and life (2005–2006) which showcased more than 180 works by this celebrated Australian artist. Preston promoted her unique vision for a new, modern Australian art through a synthesis of European and Asian traditions, […]
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Rosalie Gascoigne (2008–2009) which surveyed the career of this acclaimed Australian artist. The exhibition investigated the artist’s ability to draw creative inspiration from found materials, her intrinsic response to these materials, and her unique ability to convey the essence of nature and the effects of light, air and space. […]
Tradition and Transformation
Indigenous Art in the NGV Collection
Tradition and Transformation: Indigenous Art in the NGV Collection brings the NGV’s extensive collection of Indigenous Australian art to Victorian schools via online and interactive technologies. The resource includes detailed information on artists, their artworks and their communities, as well as stories, photographs, maps and videos. These materials are accompanied by classroom activities and teacher […]
This resource accompanies the exhibition Shared Sky (2009), an exhibition of prints and drawings by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists which explored perspectives of the southern sky. Presented to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy, the exhibition traced the visual evolution of scientific observation and ancient narratives that underlie the complexity of Australia’s cultural histories. […]