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Desert landscape

The artist – Russell Drysdale – was interested in looking at the landscape and the harshness of life in the centre of Australia, and often painted desert scenes.

  • Travel into the dusty, hot desert.
  • Notice the colours Drysdale uses to depict the dry desert. List the colours you can see. Are any of them unusual?
  • Imagine you were suddenly dropped into this landscape. How would you feel? Write a story about your adventure.


At home

Find photos and images of Central Australia on the computer or in books. What is the weather like? Who lives there? What animals survive well in the desert?