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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.
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.
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.
50 exemplary works from the 2019 HSC Visual Arts practical examination, across the twelve expressive forms, have been captured using 3D imagery. Visitors to the website can explore the curated Bodies of Work in incredible detail, including virtual reality if you have a VR headset or viewer. The exhibition includes marker’s commentary for every work and nine artist interviews.
Watch excerpts and interviews from the 2016 Aboriginal Drama Program. Aboriginal elders and artists worked with 27 students in Years 7 to 11 across 4 days to explore Dreamtime stories and develop their skills in playbuilding and scripting scenes, as well as performance and characterisation techniques.
Filmed at the NSW State Drama Camp in 2014, actor and teacher Sophie Kelly introduces steps in exploring and developing a monologue for performance. She uses Lindy Davies' three step process of dropping in, abstract/impulse and blueprinting, to ultimately create 'authentic connection'.
Art Bites invite students to join a choir rehearsal, dance ensemble, music practice, art club or a debating team meeting.
These short video lessons in a range of areas offer students a chance to engage in co-curricular activities.
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.
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.
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.
Callback 2019 is the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by 2019 HSC Dance students. The Arts Unit manages the production of this prestigious event, held at the Seymour Centre.
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)
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 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.
Creative Classes uses our extensive collection of inspiring, and unique video assets that have been adapted into mini websites for teachers to share with their students.
Each website offers high quality stimulus content and provides engaging, independent activities that have been linked to syllabus outcomes in creative arts subjects.
Dancing with D’Arts is a series of 10 online masterclasses 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public speaking tips presented in a straightforward animation.
Speaking competitions officer from The Arts Unit, Andrew Lasaitis demonstrates best practice for school based teachers when setting up a spelling bee. This information is crucial to ensure that events run smoothly for the NSW Premier's Spelling Bee. It is also transferable to class based spelling bees and whole school based spelling bees.
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.
The Arts Unit's guest artist from the In Concert program, 2015, Lior talks about his passion for music from childhood along with insights on how to navigate an artistic journey.
The Arts Unit's annual production 'In Concert' is held at the Sydney Town Hall. The voices of the students involved in the program from all over the state guide the narrative of this wonderful production that is facilitated by The Arts Units' talented staff. Guest artist Casey Donovan performs and shares her views on the importance of arts education.
Composer Sxip Shirey is known for his immersive installation choral experiences. In this workshop, we gain insight into Sxip's methodology as he works with NSW public school students. This workshop was made possible through The Arts Unit's industry partnership with the Sydney Opera House. The Arts Unit industry partnerships give students opportunities to learn and engage with local, national and international artists, creators and practitioners. In addition to the workshop, the students attended a performance of THE GAUNTLET, featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. This performance took place at ANTIDOTE 2018.
The 2020 NSW Public Schools Drama Company, in partnership with the Australian Theatre for Young People, presents a selection of short films from Intersection: Beat. In this eResource, you will find the completed films, a documentary, and a series of insightful interviews with the creatives and cast. Also included are suggestions of how to use this resource in your classroom.
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 to give the viewer a unique and immersive experience of the performance.
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 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.
A series of Professional Development videos featuring four NSW teachers offering their advice and suggestions on using the Music: Count Us In resources and program in different settings.
The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition has been encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence.
The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to government schools throughout NSW, with age divisions for teams from Year 5 all the way up to Year 12. Teams entering the challenge compete in a round-robin series of debates against nearby schools, with the winners going on to compete at regional and state level to determine the eventual state champion.
The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities to encourage all students to improve their vocabulary and spelling and to promote literacy skills in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus.
Join us virtually as we present 31 works from the 2019 State Dance Festival highlighting the range of styles explored through the study of dance in public schools across NSW.
This series of lessons take their inspiration from 20 artworks exhibited at the 2019 Operation Art Exhibition. The artworks have been created by students in Stages ES1 through to S3 in the classroom. Each lesson contains syllabus outcomes and indicators directly linked to teaching and learning activities with suggestions for formative assessment. There are recommendations for artist studies and step by step instructions on how to create artworks in your classroom.
The 2019 Schools Spectacular show, STARS, is a stellar showcase of over 5,500 NSW public school students united through music, dance and drama. This eResource contains information videos to give your students the best opportunity to shine!
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 eModule will show you how to identify and explain the different speaker roles of the affirmative and negative teams.
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’.
SpecEd 2019 is an online, comprehensive, classroom resource drawn from this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS! Written by teachers for teachers, in consultation with The Arts Unit, this fantastic, cross-curricular resource comprises five units of work encompassing a wide range of stages of learning and KLAs. In a crowded curriculum, this resource is simply a must! It has been structured to ensure it is easy to use, easy to apply and, most importantly, delivers those essential outcomes as suited to your students’ stage/s of learning and abilities.
Every student is a star and collectively we shine! So, bring some SpecEd ‘celestial sparkle’ into your classroom, ensuring you and your students truly experience this year’s Schools Spectacular theme, STARS.
Seven year 12 students discuss the development of their body of work including their use of a visual arts process diary, their inspiration, ideas, use of materials and techniques. They reflect upon their journey, the successful completion of their works and inclusion in ARTEXPRESS.
These videos are derived from a forthcoming professional learning resource titled Visual Arts Stage 6 and the body of work. Participants completing this course will find a correlating set of filmed teacher interviews unpacking the teaching and learning process.
Each year, creative innovative dance works from NSW public schools are showcased in the State Dance Festival. This eResource presents eighteen different works from the festival in 2018, highlighting the range of styles explored through the study of dance in public schools across NSW.
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.
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 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.
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 Plain English Speaking Award has been providing a platform for senior students to speak up about the issues important to them since 1978. Speakers deliver a prepared speech of 8 minutes as well as a 3 minute impromptu. In 2020 the competition went virtual with speakers delivering their ideas over zoom from all over the state.
Internationally renowned performing ensemble Taikoz presents The Beauty Of 8, featuring Guest Artists dancer-drummer Chieko Kojima of the famed KODO taiko group and Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee. This production pulsates with energy and balances the Yin and Yang through the mystical vibrations of Chieko’s Shinto-inspired dance and Riley’s unearthly shakuhachi, and the sonic boom of six Odaiko Grand Drums.
The Beauty Of 8 shines a light on Chieko’s powerful, mesmerising Beauty of Figure-Of-Eight taiko-drumming – is it dance, is it drumming?
The Connections Program provides a range of inclusive teaching, learning and performance opportunities in dance, visual arts, music and drama.
Throughout the year we will be offering arts projects and programs that invite students and their teachers to create their own works based on a central theme. Schools and students will then be invited to showcase their work in Term 3.
This program is open to all students with disability and their teachers.
The Primary Play Book compiles scripts from teachers who have consistently produced outstanding scripts and stagecraft for the NSW Public Schools State Drama Festival, aligns them to syllabus outcomes and expands on the classroom activities that assisted them in preparing the students for performance.
This resource is a guide for teachers with scripts, activities and suggestions about how to incorporate them into your classroom programming.
‘The sound of art’ is a resource that has been created in conjunction with The Australian Chamber Orchestra. It draws inspiration from some of the work of American musician and artist Sharon Roffman, and the many and varied links between the visual arts and music through art appreciation and making. It has been adapted for the NSW context.
This professional learning resource will allow participants to build their understanding and skills when unpacking the key features and components of the Stage 6 Preliminary and HSC Visual Arts syllabus. Participants will interact directly with the syllabus components of the Frames, Conceptual Framework and Practice by completing online learning tasks, before interacting with a series of teacher and student videos based on the teaching and learning journeys for the HSC Body of Work.
Dance students from across NSW participated in this workshop presented by The Arts Unit and the Sydney Opera house in association with the L-E-V dance company. L-E-V Company is an Israeli dance and spectacle ensemble created by dancer Sharon Eyal and designer of multimedia events Gai Behar.
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.
What is public art? How can it transform our local environment? Primary and secondary students from across NSW worked with Kaldor Public Art Projects to reimagine public spaces within their local communities. This eResource explores the school’s work using innovative technology to bring site specific works alive through 360 Virtual Reality video and 3D photogrammetry models. As well as reimagining Your Public Art Project submissions created by the five schools (Bourke Public School, Wilcannia Central School, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School and St Clair High School), STEM students from Merryland’s High school designed an app, which also houses the works and takes the viewer on an immersive VR experience.
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.
Various activities for The Arts Unit programs have been temporarily suspended for the foreseeable future to support efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
Visit the COVID-19 and public schools in NSW web page for more information.