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Analysing paintings

Student activities

Task no. 1

Analysing paintings

  • Break the class into small groups and provide a related painting or image to each group
  • Provide either an A3 colour copy or access to the digital version of the related images
  • Encourage students to zoom in and examine closely
  • Students annotate directly onto the image noting the visual grammar concept and an explanation of what they interpret
  • Students select one to two visual grammar concepts to report back to the class and share learning
[Sydney from the North Shore], 1827
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Sydney from Bell Mount, 1813
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A family group with canoe, possibly near Clovelly House in Watsons Bay, 1886
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[Oil painting of a group of Australian Aborigines, possibly in Sydney, ca. 1849], ca. 1849
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View of Sydney Cove, 1794, possibly by Thomas Watling.
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Natives at a corrobory, c 1835
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Port Jackson N.S.W. View in Double Bay S. Side Middle Head in the distance (near sunset) / painted by G. E. Peacock, 1847
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Unidentified landscape from a drawing by Robert Hoddle, c 1837–81
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