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13 September – 8 March 2009  | Children’s Gallery

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Migrants arriving in Sydney

David MOORE

Migrants arriving in Sydney

Discussion:
These people are on a boat that has just arrived in Sydney Harbour. Some of the people have decided to make Australia their new home. Look at their faces. How do you think they feel?

Art idea:
Draw the scene that these people are looking at on the shore as they arrive in Sydney harbour.

Link:
For more information about David Moore click here

 

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Golbordok (traditional bush honey-collecting bag)

Margaret RINYBUMA

Michael GADJAWALA

Golbordok (traditional bush honey-collecting bag)

Discussion:
This bag is used for collecting sugar or wild bush honey. It is closely woven from pandanus fibre and embedded with wax to prevent the honey from leaking out. What materials could you use to make your own bag?

Art idea:
Design a bag suitable for carrying a specific food.

 

 

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Second class — the parting: ‘Thus part we rich in sorrow parting poor’

Abraham SOLOMON

Second class — the parting: ‘Thus part we rich in sorrow parting poor’

Discussion:
This boy is about to leave his family in England to live and work in Australia. The family is catching a train to the boat to say goodbye. How do you think the boy is feeling?

Art idea:
Experiment with drawing faces which express different feelings and emotions. 
Make faces in the mirror and discuss the emotions they project. Look in the mirror and draw different expressions. 
Look carefully at the posters on the back wall of the train carriage. You will see ‘wanted’ posters and others encouraging people to migrate from England to live in Australia.  Make a modern poster encouraging people to move to Australia.

 

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Fish scoop

Ellen TREVORROW

Fish scoop

Discussion:
This is a woven scoop for catching fish. In the past, objects like this helped people to collect food. What do you use to carry and store food?

Art idea:
Design a tool for a specific purpose.

 

 

 

 

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Domestic interior

Eric WILSON

Domestic interior

Discussion:
The sun is streaming through the window onto a quiet scene. What do you think the cat can see and hear from the chair?

Art idea:
Draw a cartoon in boxes to describe the scene. Add thought bubbles and speech bubbles for the different characters.

 

 

 

 

 

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[Sketchbook of scenes, landscapes, interiors and people in England]

Grace Cossington SMITH

[Sketchbook of scenes, landscapes, interiors and people in England]

Discussion:
The artist took this small sketchbook with her when she was travelling overseas. How do you record your experiences or memories of the places you’ve visited?

Look at the objects on the breakfast table and try to fill in the missing words below:

Salt and ______shakers
Tea cup and _________
Knife and ___________
Look for some of these items in the showcases nearby.

Art idea:
Use a sketchbook to draw sketches of the people, places and objects in your home that are important to you. Create an interesting arrangement of household objects or toys from around the home and make still life sketches of the objects from different viewpoints.
Take a sketchbook with you when you visit a place for the first time. Use it to draw your observations and experiences, and add to this book over time. Use your sketches as the basis for a painting when you get home.

 

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