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AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton 'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide' 1890

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton 'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide' 1890

Experiment with painting or drawing outdoors at different times of the day to capture the changing light.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Paint or draw…
a peaceful landscape
a sun setting over the mountains
a giant tree or forest
people playing on a beach
dramatic clouds in the sky
an exciting place from a faraway land

You will need:
sketchbook or paper
a pencil and coloured pencils
brush and paints
oil pastels
markers
your imagination!

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Beach scene 1890

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Beach scene 1890

Do you love to draw and paint things?

Artists love to draw and paint.

Arthur Streeton enjoyed creating artworks to show the beauty of nature and fleeting moments in time. He captured the effects of light and of weather, painting outdoors to experience the atmosphere and mood first-hand.

Arthur also painted scenes of city life and the activity on Sydney harbour, bathed in bright light and from different viewpoints. His dazzling artworks encourage us to look at the wonders of our world with a new perspective.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA COLLECTION Arthur Streeton *Spring* 1890 (detail)

Arthur enjoyed adding small details into paintings. Can you spot the cicada in this landscape? 

Draw or paint outdoors and see what interesting details from nature you can add to your artwork.

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA COLLECTION Arthur Streeton Spring 1890 (detail)

Arthur enjoyed adding small details into paintings. Can you spot the cicada in this landscape?

Draw or paint outdoors and see what interesting details from nature you can add to your artwork.

STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES COLLECTION Arthur Streeton *Studies of cicada in sketchbook* 1888-89 (detail)

This page from Arthur’s sketchbook shows some of the drawings of cicadas he made when he was planning the composition of his painting *Spring*.

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STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES COLLECTION Arthur Streeton Studies of cicada in sketchbook 1888-89 (detail)

This page from Arthur’s sketchbook shows some of the drawings of cicadas he made when he was planning the composition of his painting Spring.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA COLLECTION Arthur Streeton *From McMahon’s Point — fare one penny* 1890

There us a lot happening in this harbour scene. 

Can you spot a cat and a boy with a toy yacht? 

How many birds can you count swirling over the harbour? 

Create your own busy artwork with lots of things for people to spot and count.

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA COLLECTION Arthur Streeton From McMahon’s Point — fare one penny 1890

There us a lot happening in this harbour scene.

Can you spot a cat and a boy with a toy yacht?

How many birds can you count swirling over the harbour?

Create your own busy artwork with lots of things for people to spot and count.

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Roses circa 1929

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Roses circa 1929

Arthur was well known for his landscape paintings, but he also painted ‘still lifes’ of things such as vases of flowers or cut fruit.

Set up a still life of your own from anything in your home and draw or paint your chosen objects and composition.

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Self portrait 1923

AGNSW collection Arthur Streeton Self portrait 1923

Arthur painted this self-portrait in 1923 when he was 56 years old.

Notice the angle of his face and the use of light and shadows.

Draw or paint a self-portrait. What angle will you choose? What expression will you have?

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA COLLECTION *Design for ‘An exhibition of pictures by Arthur Streeton’* 1907

Arthur often held exhibitions of his artworks and sometimes designed the posters to advertise them. 

Design your own exhibition poster and invite your family to view your artworks in a special exhibition.

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA COLLECTION Design for ‘An exhibition of pictures by Arthur Streeton’ 1907

Arthur often held exhibitions of his artworks and sometimes designed the posters to advertise them.

Design your own exhibition poster and invite your family to view your artworks in a special exhibition.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COLLECTION H Walter Barnett *Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (née Clench) and Pat, the dog* c1909

Here is Arthur and his wife Nora with their dog Pat. 

Do you have a pet or a favourite animal? 

Create a series of pet portraits by photographing, drawing or painting your animal.  

Look closely at them and try and capture their expressions.

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY COLLECTION H Walter Barnett Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (née Clench) and Pat, the dog c1909

Here is Arthur and his wife Nora with their dog Pat.

Do you have a pet or a favourite animal?

Create a series of pet portraits by photographing, drawing or painting your animal.

Look closely at them and try and capture their expressions.