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Digital Engagement

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 2019?

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 HSC Dance 2015

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Filmedat the Seymour Centre and presented by The Arts Unit in conjunction with the Board of Studies, Teaching andEducational Standards NSW (BOSTES) this video presents the Q & Afollowing the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by 2015 HSCDance students.

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

Callback HSC Dance 2017

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

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).

Callback HSC Dance 2018

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Callback is the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by HSC Dance students. The Arts Unit manages the production of this prestigious event, held at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale annually. This eClip series captures the 2019 matinee performances and the Q&A sessions that followed the performance.

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 drama festivals

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).

Firebird Forensics

with
Paul Rissmann and Josef Brown
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

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.  30 music students from government school students were given the opportunity to dissect Stravinsky’s Firebird and expand and explore their own composition skills and ideas under the guidance of Paul Rissmann. Dance students were given individual and group choreographic tasks to devise a new work through problem-solving and manipulation of the elements of dance. At the conclusion of the project, the students presented their work in a public performance.

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).

Introduced Species 360

with
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

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.

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).

Sing in your classroom

with
Donna Riles
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Produced by the Department of Education, Arts Unit in collaboration with the Orange Conservatorium, this 30-minute video will equip K-6 classroom teachers with fun and engaging ways to sing with students. Singing is an accessible way to achieve curriculum outcomes and plays a key role in each student's overall musical development.

Explore the concepts of music, introduce fun warm-up songs, rounds, partner songs and music of various genres and places. In addition, this session will help build your confidence to model singing in the classroom.

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).

Taikoz – Chi Udaka Production

with
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Chi Udaka is a contemporary performance work inspired by the forces of nature that paint the passing of a day. The work brings together the deep earthiness of Japanese taiko drumming and the flowing sensuality of Indian classical dance, through the creative partnership of two renowned Australian companies - TAIKOZ and Lingalayam Dance Company. In this eResource you will find contextual information about the work, background and video interviews, comprehensive class activities for Primary & Secondary Stage 3 - 6) and links for further exploration. chi (earth; Japanese) udaka (water ; Hindi) taiko (drum; Japanese)

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

Teaching dance to primary students

with
Tiana Canterbury, Xanthe Geeves, Zac Jaffar and Kate Ridge
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

Filmed at Sydney Dance Company's studios, these videos cover dance classes of a range of styles: Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Musical Theatre. These classes are appropriate for Primary students and the teachers discuss their approach to teaching young people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.

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).

reIMAGINED: Romeo & Juliet

with
Paul Rissmann
MyPL:
Virtual Excursion:

27 music students and 8 dancers from schools around NSW come together to work with London Symphony Orchestra animateur Paul Rissman to recreate Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

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.

2019 NSW PRC author interviews

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).

Join us for this series of interviews from the 2019 Sydney Writer's Festival from the Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

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.

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.​

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'.

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 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 NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2018

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).

Since 1996 ten regions of NSW have selected their four best primary school debaters to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships. Each year the teams gather in late November in Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches to battle it out across 5 rounds, semis and a final to determine a state champion.

Visit the Primary Schools State Debating Championships page on The Arts Unit website for more information.

The NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2018

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).

The Years 5&6 competition started out in 1995 as a challenge issued by the primary school debating champion from the Hunter Region to other regional winners, which is why the trophy awarded to the state champion is called the Hunter Challenge Trophy. It's quickly grown since then to become by far the largest age division in the Premier's Debating Challenge, with over 870 teams entering in 2018.

Visit the Years 5&6 Debating Challenge page on The Arts Unit website for more information.

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 2019

Available from
Sat
16/3/2019
Solo Vocal Camp 2019 Concert
Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
Available from
Mon
20/5/2019
In Concert 2019 featuring Casey Donovan
1st performance
Sydney Town Hall
Available from
Tue
21/5/2019
In Concert 2019 featuring Casey Donovan
2nd performance
Sydney Town Hall
Available from
Tue
28/5/2019
Home 2019
Artmaking lesson with Reko Rennie
The Arts Unit, Lewisham
Available from
Thu
30/5/2019
Multicultural Playwright Program 2019
Sydney performance
Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield
Available from
Thu
20/6/2019
Multicultural Playwright Program 2019
Coffs Harbour performance
Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium
Available from
Fri
28/6/2019
NSW Plain English Speaking Award 2019 Final
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills
Available from
Fri
26/7/2019
NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019
Years 11 and 12 Final
Sydney University Great Hall
Available from
Wed
14/8/2019
Home 2019
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork with the Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of NSW
Available from
Fri
25/10/2019
NSW Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition 2019
Years 3 and 4 Final
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills
Available from
Wed
6/11/2019
NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019
Primary Schools State Debating Championships Final
Collaroy Centre
Available from
Mon
11/11/2019
NSW Premier's Debating Challenge 2019
Years 9 and 10 Final
The Wilkins Gallery, NSW Department of Education, Parramatta

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