Australian Art for Clemente Australian Literature Students


Hi All, we have had a wonderful experience this Monday exploring the ways in which Australian art, like Australian literature, tell the story about the Australian experience, OUR experience. We explored paintings from the earliest days of colonisation through to modern times. These paintings included works by Indigenous Aboriginal, Swiss, German, Italian and even some English and Irish artists who made their way to this country over the last 200 years. I can’t possibly put images up of all the paintings we saw, but here are a few of the most important paintings.

Here are the Gallery Conversations that we had today:

With reference to all these paintings, the most important questions to ask are:

  1. What is this painting telling me about human experience in Australia? (Can you describe what is going on in the painting in as much detail as possible?)

2. What is special about the way this painting is telling me its story? (Is it the colour,           the texture, the originality, the point of view?)

If you can answer these two questions as fully as you can then you have got a powerful blog. Click on any of the images to enlarge. These are the key art works that we will be looking at tomorrow- with a few extra additional ones….



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