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Art forms

The Tree and The Key is an enchanting course that immerses young children in learning through the arts. Each of the lessons in Tree and the Key will give you phonemic awareness of the ‘ee’ sound family in many different creative ways. A Magical Story Map, several colourful animated music videos and a series of playful creative learning activities will connect exciting storytelling with literacy learning.

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From Page to Stage is a Drama resource that guides you through transforming a narrative text into a performance. This course uses the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award-winning book Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by author Johanna Bell and illustrator Dion Beasley as a stimulus, however the process and development of this course is designed to be applied to any text you can think of!

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This series introduces the six key elements of music including rhythm, tempo, dynamics, pitch, form, and timbre. Children will build their knowledge of basic music techniques through a set of fun activities based on each element, and they’ll grow their confidence and collaborative skills along the way.

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Ever wanted to learn more about the craft of theatre making? Stories from Home will take you through a structured ten lesson project to help you develop and stage an original show.

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We’ve all played with our food, but when was the last time you actually played your food? Sustainable Songs is a fun and imaginative music project that encourages children to make connections between food, sustainability, and music.

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Step inside the pages of Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley’s warm and entertaining children’s book Too Many Cheeky Dogs to explore the colourful characters, animals and landscapes of Tennant Creek in the remote Australian outback.

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PlayAir

  • Drama
  • Media Arts

Age 5-12, 12-16

PlayAIr with The Song Room

Are you ready to rock?! Learn how to play air guitar like a pro! PlayAir is a fun series of lessons that will inspire you to start your own Air Band. You’ll learn how to play all the best air instruments like the air guitar, saxophone, drums, air decks and last but not least, the air triangle!

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For Hayden Fowler, creating artwork provides a way to express his thoughts and ideas about problems facing humanity. Discover how his work refers to the past, present and future – all at the same time!

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Children will investigate the significance of being critically aware of their involvement in the creation and recording of history. They’ll investigate how our understanding of the past impacts our actions in the future.

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Radio Drama

  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • At Home

Age 12-16

Create a Radio Drama

Head back to the 'golden era' of radio drama with this fun and imaginative resource. Develop your performance skills using voice and sound effects to create a play for radio.

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Family Tides

  • Visual Arts

Age 12-16

Esme Timbery

Esme Timbery is an elder of the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Her works are held in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Find out how Esme’s contemporary art-making is a celebration of traditional practice. You’ll use social media conventions as the context for your own artwork as you make and share a journey of discovery.

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Own The Stage

  • Music

Age 5-12, 12-16

Own the Stage with Rayella

Hone your stage skills with help from some of Australia’s most passionate performers and bands The resource helps develop song writing techniques and for those considering a future in music, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the role of the music industry in supporting and marketing musicians.

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By challenging viewers to rethink their wastefulness, contemporary visual artist Ash Keating explores the growing environmental problems facing our society - including issues of over-consumption and waste.

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Ukuleles are easy to learn, cheap to buy and fun to play! Over 15 lessons, you'll learn tuning techniques, chords, picking and strumming patterns and how to play a range of songs! 

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Hand Drawings

  • Visual Arts
  • At Home

Age 5-12

Making Hand Drawings

Learn about how hands have been used to create artworks by many different cultures. Over three lessons, develop effective techniques using your hands to create fun drawings.

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Explore the relationship between subject, artist and audience through portraiture. Investigate image, identity and representation by exploring significant portraits in the collection of one of Australia’s most important art museums – the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Painting the Music

  • Visual Arts
  • At Home

Age 0-5, 5-12

Painting the Music activity

Can music inspire your art? Join Cat Sewell as she combines visual and performing arts techniques by using music to inspire what she draws and paints.

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Keepsake

  • Visual Arts

Age 5-12

Create a Keepsake

How do artists express their feelings and memories through sculpture? Look at and respond to Sweeney's Keepsake (1987) by Les Kossatz – part of the collection of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, then make your own sculpture based on your feelings and memories.

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Visual storytelling is one of the oldest forms of storytelling. In this resource you’ll enlist a range of art forms including song, dance, drama, mime, craft, sign language and visual arts to tell a story.

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Shapeshifting Stories provides handy tips and techniques to create compelling and dramatic stories. With the help of characters, including superhero show-off Frostica and the trainee warlock Solpadon, you will learn the fundamentals of story building – who, what, how and where.

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Story Building

  • Drama
  • At Home

Age 0-5, 5-12

Story Building

In a series of group activities, children will be led through a ‘story building’ process, creating and taking on character roles and bringing ideas to life. Children will be encouraged and supported to lead the story themselves - they will make decisions, solve problems, create images and sounds, imagine settings, and stay in character throughout the process.

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Create a Photostory

  • Media Arts
  • At Home

Age 0-5, 5-12

Create a Photostory

Learn how to create stories using photos. Step by step instructions show you how to plan and make your story using photos, and then how to change the meaning of a story by rearranging the photo order.

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Fizzie Dance

  • Dance

Age 5-12

Fizzie Dance with Ausdance

Apply your knowledge of sport to create a basic movement phrase and extend it using the elements of dance. Create your own unique Fizzie Dance.

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There are close links between the extreme physicality required by an elite sportsperson and a dancer. They are more similar than you may think. Discover the physical and technical skills used in both dance and sport.

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Explore the environment around you to identify, collect and record sounds using a digital recording device. As you will find, music can be created from some VERY unexpected sounds!

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Explore the spaces around you to spark your theatrical ideas. Students from The Australian Theatre for Young People share their theatre-making knowledge and skills to help you create your own site-specific performances.

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Theatre has a great tradition of borrowing from other art forms. Photographs are great for drawing inspiration when creating plays or dramas. Use dramatic and thought-provoking images to enhance artistic expression in your performance. Write your own play using photographs.

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See how leading Australian contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, uses light in innovative ways in its productions. Then, create your own improvisations based on their methods.

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Making a music video is a collaborative process involving musicians and film makers. Gotye’s music video for his 2011 hit Somebody That I Used to Know, was downloaded more than any other music video at the time worldwide. It’s had around 1 billion YouTube views!

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Contemporary, award-winning Australian songwriters and creative collaborators, Helen Croome (aka Gossling) and Henry Wagons, share their perspectives on where to find inspiration, giving meaning to your songs and great techniques on how to finish a song!

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Songs for Playgroups

  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Age 0-5, 5-12

Songs for Playgroups

Songs For Playgroups is a series of interactive videos that uses songs and movement created for young children. Songs For Playgroups is a creative and easily accessible way of introducing children to early literacy and numeracy, developing personal and interpersonal skills, and physical activity.

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Sing, Scat and Scoo Be Doo introduces younger children to the joys of active music-making through singing, speaking, moving, dancing, playing and creating.

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Musical Fun With Fuzzy introduces younger children to the joys of active music-making through singing, speaking, moving, dancing, playing and creating. Make your own Fuzzy the Clown pop-up puppet and learn the basic elements of music.

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Let people know about a topic or subject that you’re really passionate about by producing a podcast. This series of lessons provides helpful tips and tricks to help you produce a podcast and promote it to your target market.

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Shocko Doco

  • Media Arts
  • At Home

Age 5-12

Create a Documentary

Shocko Doco introduces you to the concept of video interviewing. You will see the common mistakes that are made, and consider ways to fix them. Once you know the pitfalls to avoid, you can plan and shoot your own video interviews.

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Take a look at how magazine covers are designed to attract attention by using colour, fonts, words and images that appeal to their target audience. Over five lessons, you’ll learn how to plan and lay out your own magazine cover based on a topic of your choice.

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Masks have been used in ceremonies, festivals, performances and rituals in many cultures for centuries. This resource will show you how to create a character and performance using your own papier-mâché mask.

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Decorating a Mask is the second component of the Mask Making course, where you will complete your papier-mâché face mask by decorating it with paint, craft supplies and found objects. You can use our simple mask template, or be inspired by your own culture and background to decorate your mask in your unique style.

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Making a Mask

  • Visual Arts

Age 12-16

Mask Making Activity

Making a mask is a fantastic way to begin exploring the history and use of masks in different cultures around the world – from the fierce tribal masks of Africa to the lavish designs of the Venetians. Learn how to design and make a papier-mâché mask over six fun-filled lessons.

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Funfair High

  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

Age 12-16

Callum Morton

Funfair High takes a look at how art transforms the way we view the world by making the ordinary appear extraordinary. Over five lessons, redesign your school as a theme park drawing upon images that relate to the school’s history, how people use the spaces, and the architectural style of its buildings.

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Genre-nators

  • Media Arts

Age 12-16

Genre-nators

Perhaps without even knowing it, as audience members we are aware of the codes and conventions of genres from an early age – from TV programs for pre-school to adult dramas. Genre-nators explores the way filmmakers manipulate production elements for different genres.

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In this set of five lessons you’ll learn how to use a collection of found objects to create a fun and interesting sound score to bring a stop motion animation to life.

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Stop Motion Animation is a really fun way to learn the basics of film making and animation. This course, over six lessons, will teach you how to turn a 15-second story into a visually exciting animated movie using this simple process.

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Storyboarding is a way of telling a story through pictures, and is often used to develop concepts for TV and film. This process involves writing a story, breaking it down into simple actions, and then drawing it in pictures.

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This is the second course in ARTS:LIVE’s Junk Percussion series. Use readily available, found and recycled objects with your new percussion techniques to make original sounds.

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This course offers a number of fun improvisation activities. Improvisation is a great way to motivate and focus children while they are learning. It can be used to introduce concepts, recap learning, and explore creativity.

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How to Play the Drums

  • Music

Age 5-12, 12-16

How to play the drums

The How to Play Drums course has been developed to teach the fundamentals of drumming and rhythm techniques. The course is designed for group ensembles and individuals over 13 comprehensive tutorials.

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How to Play the Guitar

  • Music

Age 5-12, 12-16

How to play guitar

Learn the fundamentals of playing a guitar, reading music, composing music and individual practice techniques with this comprehensive 12 lesson guitar course.

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Learn a simple Hip Hop dance routine. The routine covers the key moves for Hip Hop and is perfect to learn on your own or with a group.

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This is the second course in ARTS:LIVE’s Dance Your Socks Off series. Now you’ve created a ‘dance vocabulary’ or Alphabet Dance, we’ll take you through a process of inventing transition moves and forming simple choruses to combine all the elements of the dance. Remembering all the moves is a workout for both your memory and your body!

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This is the first course in ARTS:LIVE’s Dance Your Socks Off series. Create an Alphabet Dance combining movements and chants, using your body in a percussive and rhythmic way.

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School of Fish

  • Dance
  • Drama

Age 0-5, 5-12

School Of Fish Early Learning Activity

A school of fish moves together in exactly the same way at exactly the same time. Explore what it looks and feels like to be part of a school of fish as we go on an underwater adventure using drama and dance techniques.

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For Indigenous cultures, a song cycle is so much more than a song. It represents journeys and secret knowledge that belong to a clan or community. It’s a way of passing on knowledge and skills.

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Make Tracks

  • Dance

Age 12-16

Make Tracks with NAISDA

Discover perspectives on Australian Indigenous dance and culture with experts from Australia’s leading Indigenous dance college, NAISDA. Watch NAISDA students rehearse and perform, and use the experience as a springboard for your own dance making.

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This is the second course in ARTS:LIVE’s Composition series. Compose Some More has been created to teach students the fundamentals of music composition. The resources provide students with the language, knowledge, skills and techniques to organise musical ideas into notation systems and symbols.

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Compose your own music by learning the fundamentals of sheet music and music notation – a must for all budding musicians! Learn through simple online notation software to guide you through the basics of music theory.

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Rap It Up

  • Music

Age 12-16

Interview with hip hop artist Luka Lesson

Discover the historical, social and political context and influences of hip hop culture and rap music. Identify the musical and poetic elements used in a range of rap songs. From there, undertake the process of developing and performing your own rap at an ‘open mic’ session.

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Concrete Poetry is where the visual arts meets language. Reflect on several concrete poets' works from the collection at Melbourne’s Heidi Museum of Modern Art, and use the techniques you have learned to create your own concrete poem.

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Poetry and Drama introduces the process of breaking down a poem for performance, and also offers ways to explore the rich language used in contemporary and traditional poems.

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