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Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually.
Online access to arts education, professional learning, virtual excursions and streamed events.

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The Arts Unit

Digital Engagement

Engaging over 390,000 students and teachers annually. Online access to arts education, professional learning, virtual excursions and streamed events.

Current content

What's for you in 2018?

2017 NSW PRC author interviews

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) and The Arts Unit are proud to present a showcase of wonderful author and illustrator videos. The 2017 videos were filmed as part of BookFest, and throughout the year will be adding more fantastic features on reading, writing, illustrating and engaging with the wonderful world of books.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

2018 NSW PRC author interviews

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) and The Arts Unit are proud to present a showcase of wonderful author and illustrator videos. The 2018 videos were filmed at a number of events including the Sydney Writers’ Festival. Throughout the year we will be adding more fantastic features on reading, writing, illustrating and engaging with the wonderful world of books.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Approaches to monologue

with
Sophie Kelly
Virtual Excursion:

Filmed at NSW State Drama Camp in 2014, actor and teacher Sophie Kelly introduces steps in exploring and developing a monologue for performance, using Lindy Davies's three step process of dropping in, abstract/impulse and Blueprint, to ultimately create 'authentic connection'.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Callback Q&A

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
dartconnections.org.au

Filmed at the Seymour Centre and presented by The Arts Unit in conjunction with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) this video presents the Q & A following the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by HSC Dance students.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Creating a piece for the State Drama Festival

with
Ben van Biljon, Tamara O'Rourke, Cath Simpson and David Todd
Virtual Excursion:

Examine the elements required for creating an effective play built or scripted primary drama piece. The featured primary teachers deconstruct their state drama festival plays and offer strategies and tips for teachers to create their own class or ensemble based drama pieces.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Creating and analysing dance on film

with
Sue Healey
Virtual Excursion:

This course provides teachers with the skills and knowledge to create and analyse dance on film. Each eModule is presented by Sue Healey, a professional choreographer and filmmaker, and includes detailed interviews and video overlays. Healey's dance work Fine Line is on of the HSC Dance Core Appreciation works and is referenced throughout the course.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Dancing with D'Arts masterclass series

with
Virginia Ferris
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Dancing with D’Arts is a series of ten online master classes with our specialist dance teachers and is designed to assist you in creating an inclusive dance program in your school.. This series offers strategies and techniques to help support a creative yet safe space to dance; finding out who is in the class and how to best support them; techniques to engage students who have a diverse range of needs.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Extending practical arts making skills

with
Lisa Van Den Doler
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

In this course you will explore aluminium wire as a medium for creating a sculpture. Working with wire provides students with a great opportunity for problem solving as they consider line, space, shape, weight and balance. Aluminium wire can be easily adapted to your classroom as it's a pliable material that can be cut with scissors and is suitable for all age groups. You will learn how artists have used wire in their work, learn how to create a continuous line drawing, and how to manipulate the wire to create a continuous line portrait.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Improvisation and playbuilding

with
David Todd
Virtual Excursion:

Discover how to use images, text, ideas and stories as a starting point to devise original pieces of theatre in collaboration with others. Learn how to create group works that have a beginning, middle and end and deliver a clear social message or themes to an audience. Starting with improvisation, ideas and scenes are refined to produce a complete piece of theatre.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Jewellery making

with
Carl Noonan
Virtual Excursion:

Contemporary jewellery artist and Visual Arts teacher Carl Noonan guides you through safe practices for jewellery making including setting up a work table, using a jewellery saw, filing, soldering, hammering and finishing.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Mark Morris contemporary dance series

with
Mark Morris Dance Group
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

This eClass provide insights into the Contemporary training techniques used by the Mark Morris Dance Group. It is the first in a three part series filmed as a partnership between The Arts Unit and the Sydney Opera House in which the Mark Morris Dance Group demonstrate Contemporary training techniques, Choreographic elements to use in the classroom and Approaches for dance students with intellectual disabilities.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

SpecEd 2018

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

This stand-alone, comprehensive classroom resource is drawn from this year’s Schools Spectacular theme ‘The Greatest!’ It can be used if you are part of this year’s Schools Spectacular or not!

Explore behind the curtain of the circus, meet the greatest characters of all time and journey through the past, present and future of video games.

So roll up, roll up to SpecEd 2018 so you and your students can truly experience this year’s theme ‘The Greatest’.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Teaching music in your primary classroom with Richard Gill

with
Richard Gill
Virtual Excursion:

Employing the unique experience and teaching expertise of Richard Gill, this module provides a specific framework for teachers working with music in Primary classrooms. The module encompasses a range of media and interactive elements, including video, interactive information and progressive questioning to clarify pedagogy.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

What is a curator?

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

In this course you will learn about the role of the curator in an art gallery and their significance in establishing the relationships between artist, artwork and audience. You will also learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Collection, and Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) and how it can be used as a teaching resource.

This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

MyPL Courses

What's coming up?

'Film By' digital library

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Examine the elements required for creating an effective play built or scripted primary drama piece. The featured primary teachers deconstruct their state drama festival plays and offer strategies and tips for teachers to create their own class or ensemble based drama pieces.

A cappella choir workshop

with
Stuart Davis
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Stuart Davis has been leading school and community choirs and held choral workshops for over 25 years. This course is based on a short workshop with a large group of students as part of The Arts Unit's Boys Vocal Program. Stuart aims to build a song from scratch in a short time to create a positive and engaging experience for the boys, being part of a harmonic, rhythmic musical group.

Analysing affirmative and negative arguments​

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This eModule shows two very accomplished teams in action and how they prepare and deliver and their arguments; addressing the arguments presented by their opponents and offering their own counter arguments.​

Developing confident speakers​

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

In this eModule, you will learn strategies to develop your students' voice, body language and persuasive verbal techniques so they may become more confident members of your debating team.​

Drama voice and accents

with
Nick Curnow
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Watch Nick Curnow as he takes Drama students through exercises designed to awaken the voice and sucessfully deliver authentic accents. You are encouraged to reflect on not only the technical content of the lessons, but also on quality teaching methods in engaging Drama students in warm-up activities and workshops.

Elicit a beautiful sound from your instrumental ensemble

with
Stephen Williams
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This course uses the skills of experienced conductor and educator Steve Williams to provide guidance and educational tools for teachers working with their own intrumental ensembles in schools. Steve works with the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble to demonstrate key strategies which can be applied to create a beautiful sound in any symphonic wind band setting, regardless of level.

Entering a speaking competition​

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This eModule will teach you how a speaking competition is run and how you may seek your Principal's approval to enter your team into a speaking competition.​

Examining prepared and impromptu speeches

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

These eClips show four of the finalists in the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking competition delivering both a prepared speech on a set topic chosen from a list that must have multicultural content and an impromptu speech on a topic chosen by the adjudicator on the day.​

Firebird Forensics

with
Paul Rissmann and Josef Brown
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Firebird Forensics gave 30 music students from government school students the opportunity to dissect Stravinsky’s Firebird and expand and explore their own composition skills and ideas under the guidance of Paul Rissmann. At the conclusion of the project, the students presented their work in a public performance. Students explored thematic material, scales, modes, rhythms and structures from The Firebird and use them to create a new group composition.

Firebird Forensics (Dance)

with
Josef Brown and Paul Rissmann
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Firebird Forensics was a unique collaborative cross-curriculum composition and performance project to create a dance work that responds to Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite. The students were given individual and group choreographic tasks to devise a new work through problem-solving and manipulation of the elements of dance. This project was in conjunction with music students also reimagining Stravinsky's orchestral score to expand and explore their own musical composition skills. At the conclusion of the project, the students presented their work in a public performance.

How to make a film

with
David Todd
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Filmed at NSW State Drama Camp in 2014, actor and teacher Sophie Kelly introduces steps in exploring and developing a monologue for performance, using Lindy Davies's three step process of dropping in, abstract/impulse and Blueprint, to ultimately create 'authentic connection'.

Introduced Species 360

with
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

What happens when the man-made enters the natural landscape? What will happen to these pristine environments?

Composer Katy Abbott, uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992 spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean as the catalyst for her work: Introduced Species.

Six 360 cameras were embedded into the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's performance of Introduced Species. Other cameras were also placed above the orchestra and in the auditorium, to give the viewer a unique and immersive experience of the performance.

Puppetry for drama teachers

with
Katherine Hannaford and Kay Yasugi
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Learn to build your own Muppet-style rod puppet; how to use existing school technology to create and operate puppets for live theatre and film/television; and be guided on how to integrate puppetry into your drama curriculum programming.

Puppetry techniques for making and animating

with
Monkey Baa
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

Learn to teach puppetry to your primary students. By demonstrating shadow puppetry techniques and the construction of puppets from brown paper, your students will develop skills in building performances as well as tips for framing and filming.

Speaker roles in the debating team​

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This eModule will show you how to identify and explain the different speaker roles of the affirmative and negative teams.​

Teaching secondary school drama with Complicite

with
Eric Mallett
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This course provides a broad range of activities, movement and devising for drama teachers to take into the classroom. The featured model lessons enable participants to understand how to deliver strategies for devising performances in the drama classroom and gradually increase complexity and depth of character development and scene work to effectively engage an audience.

Teaching visual literacy and film making

with
Karen Beutler
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This course provides professional development to assist teachers in engaging student learners in visual literacy and film making in the primary school setting. The study of visual literacy, film and digital media is integral to the NSW English Syllabus K-10 and pertinent to the Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Syllabuses. This course was developed to support primary teachers in NSW public schools to provide students with the skills to understand, reflect upon, internalise, judge, critique and create digital media.

Teaching yoga to dance students (secondary)

with
Jolie Brook
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This series of eClasses consists of practical tips and useful approaches to yoga to offer to your dance students for their physical and mental development. Various postures are explored in detail, with appropriate modifications and props suggested to better tailor your classes for a wide range of abilities. Jolie also presents sequences of movements for you to apply in your own practice.

The Art of Mechanica

with
Lance Balchin and Sara Lind
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This eClass utilises the skills of experienced classroom practitioner, Sara Lind, to develop students’ visual art, literacy and creative and critical thinking skills. Teachers will develop the skills to support students to explore the steam-punk inspired art style of author/illustrator Lance Balchin in his text, Mechanica. They will imagine and create their own mechanica-inspired sculptures using a combination of wire and found technology. This sculpture will become central to the students' written work as they work imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically to compose imaginative texts that experiment with language, structure, ideas and stylistic features.

Training adjudicators​

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This eModule is for people interested in adjudicating debates and public speaking competitions, discussing the role and responsibilities of an adjudicator, and featuring an exhibition debate by students that teachers will adjudicate on.​

Warm ups for your senior choir

with
Elizabeth Scott
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:
This series can be accessed via the Arts Unit Learning Hub. (remember to allow flash on your web browser for this series).

This course presents practical and accessible exercises to get the best out of your secondary choir, whether you're a seasoned conductor or new to teaching choirs. Elizabeth Scott explores breathing and physical exercises that prepare the body and brain for effective and healthy choral singing; activities to effectively warm up the voice, lips tongue and diaphragm; activities to create beautiful, well blended sounds using vowels; methods of teaching essential choral skills such as listening to each other, following the conductor and inner hearing.

Virtual excursions

Available from
Wed
23/5/2018
Callback eClip series
Available from
Wed
23/5/2018
In Concert eClip
2018 Repertoire
Available from
Thu
31/5/2018
Multicultural Playwright Program
Powerhouse Theatre, Fairfield
Available from
Fri
6/7/2018
PESA State Final
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
Available from
Tue
24/7/2018
Home schools virtual artmaking lesson with a professional artist
Available from
Mon
30/7/2018
Festival of Choral Music
2018 Repertoire
Available from
Fri
10/8/2018
Premier's Debating Challenge - Years 11 and 12 State Final
The Great Hall, University of Sydney
Available from
Tue
28/8/2018
Home schools virtual excursion to the AGNSW
Available from
Fri
26/10/2018
MPPS State Final for Years 3 and 4
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
Available from
Thu
8/11/2018
Premier's Debating Challenge - Years 9 and 10 State Final
The Great Hall, University of Sydney

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