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The Viewing Space as Part of the Process of Creativity

When we create artwork lessons for you on ArtEyeDeer, we sit at a fantastic old table, with our artwork in front of us, the video camera positioned overhead, and two large light reflectors either side of the camera to diffuse and even out the light. Pretty ideal conditions for making and...

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Illustrators of children’s books

Purpose of pictures

As a mum, I have loved rereading picture books with my children - some from when I was a kid, many newly published. Obviously the purpose was to help them learn to read and broaden their understandings of the world around them. The purpose of the pictures is to help provide...

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Wordless stories – more than just picture books

Often, our first experiences of artwork are drawings or paintings in children’s story books. Babies and toddlers listen as the story is read to them and look at the pictures. Gradually the pictures start to make sense and children connect the visuals, the words and reality. But do we always...

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Responding Formally To Artworks – For Senior Students

I just like it, it’s pretty cool”

Working out the “why, what, how” of responding formally to artworks for senior students

In a previous blog, we unpacked an alphabetical range of art terminologies commonly used by us, as your presenters, in our ArtEyeDeer video lessons....

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Teen Homeschooling: Pros and Cons

Ask any homeschooling parent and they will tell you that educating your kids at home can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. This is particularly true for when your kids become teenagers. Can you see advantages, especially for the development of artistic abilities?

Perhaps you’re...

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Visual Arts vital in today's education

Art had a backseat

Decades ago in education, art had a backseat. In secondary education, it was expected that Maths, Sciences and humanities be studied over the performing arts. Art was not valued as a subject. How many jobs are there that would need art?!

Now it’s a visual world

There is...

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Writing About Your Artwork – For Senior Students

It can be a bit of a daunting task writing about the artwork you create.

Artists face this prospect all the time in the daily pursuit of their art-making. They are asked by galleries to submit an artist’s statement about a body of work for exhibition; they write statements for entry into...

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Art Terminology

But what does that word actually mean?

In almost every ArtEyeDeer lesson we use art terminology that helps us, as your presenter, to categorise concepts, styles, approaches, techniques and processes. Sometimes the terms are self-evident, and at other times their meaning may not be quite so clear...

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Should kids learn to draw with a digital device?

How much time young people spend looking at a screen is controversial, to say the least. So the consideration of whether to allow, even encourage, children to use digital technologies for drawing will be based on our perceptions of the importance of these skills, an understanding of the...

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How can learning to draw help with learning to write?

We learn by observing, experimenting, exploring, making mistakes, and through explicit teaching.

Making the first marks

What a joy to watch the delight on a toddler’s face when they see the marks they make with a crayon on paper. Can I do that again?! How we react as viewers has an impact...

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Why do we think something is beautiful?

How do we reflect on our own artwork and respond to art created by others? What is it that results in us experiencing beauty? This questioning and wondering is often referred to as aesthetics: the theory of art and beauty. If something is referred to as aesthetic, it is seen as pleasing to...

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Surfaces, Surfaces

Creating your art on different surfaces.

When we record our ArtEyeDeer videos, we’re conscious of keeping the surfaces that you make your artworks on accessible.

By surfaces, we’re predominantly referring to paper, but from time to time, we like to introduce related surfaces...

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Creating a Primary Visual Arts Curriculum for Home or Classroom

The full curriculum in The Arts can cover Media Arts, Drama, Dance and Music, as well as Visual Arts. The focus here is to consider how Visual Arts can be taught across other curriculum areas as well as a standalone subject. Whether you are a classroom teacher or home educator, trying to fit in...

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Material Matters

Does the quality of the materials you use to make artworks matter?

The answer is a surprising “Yes” and “No”!

As far as possible, it’s always better to purchase once, and purchase well. But it’s also equally important to realise that good materials require...

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Art Supplies on a Shoestring

Art draws on tools and materials. The tools might be our hands and the materials, sand. The artwork might be a hobby, a lesson or a career. Providing our children at home, or our students at school, with diverse opportunities to develop their artistic skills can be expensive, but does not need to...

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Website Launch: Welcome to Art Eye Deer

Lift Off!

I can’t believe we’re finally launching Art Eye Deer!

In 2007 I sat with one of my best friends in Sydney and she asked me “if you could do anything in the world, what would you do?” and I responded with “I would teach art to kids all over the...

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Camping with kids, 5 things to do!

Camping is an awesome experience to give to all kids. Here are 5 things we did over the weekend with our kids while camping to keep them busy:

1. Collect fire wood

(Check your local fire ban rules/restrictions.) Throw on some shoes to protect from scratches and watch out for snakes (if you're...

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Involving kids in large/group artworks
Artworks by Kirsty Shadiac

Involving kids or groups of people in artworks can bring communities together and give children a sense of being part of something 'bigger' than themselves. It's one of my favourite things to do: get participants to create their own drawings or paintings and then bring...

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5 Things you will find in both Art and Maths

You might be surprised to find that art and maths actually have a lot in common. For instance, angles and patterns are found in both art and maths. Measurements are necessary in both art and maths too, but maybe they are a little bit obvious. The following list of five things you’ll find in...

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Top 10 Tips for beginning teachers teaching Art to Teens

Whether it’s your first year as an art teacher or you’re experienced at teaching art to teens, beginning a new year of art classes can be intimidating for anyone. Teenagers can be difficult to teach at times, seeming to challenge every rule. They can be disruptive, hardheaded, and...

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Tasting Australia 2018

In 2018, for the second year in a row, Tasting Australia asked Artventure to teach kids about food through art. We had over 100 kids come and join in the free activity (including the wonderful Liz Ellis and her daughter) where we created artworks inspired by our...

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15 Ways to Help Your Teenager Succeed in High School

Whether your teenager is going into high school for the first time or returning for another year, they’ll inevitably feel stress from the pressure placed on them. After all, the high school years are crucial in preparation for the university or adult years. Even if your teen has plans other...

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Managing Your Child’s Use of the Internet and Social Media

The internet and social media can open up amazing opportunities for learning, research, and forging relationships. With that said, it’s important to remember that the web is simply a tool, and it can be used in various ways. Just as with virtually any tool, the internet and social media can...

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How to Incorporate Collaboration into Your Classroom

Collaborative learning is being used in classrooms around the world in various subjects. While competitive learning, in which the student reflects more on his or her own work than that of others, can be used in art, collaborative learning gives students the opportunity to learn new skills...

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