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The Connections Program

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.

The 2021 theme is ‘Found Objects’.

This program is open to all students with disability and their teachers.

To keep up to date with what is on offer in 2021 please complete the registration form on The Arts Unit website.

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The Connections Program - Promo

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Contacts

Program Coordinators

Catherine Gilholme
Arts Initiatives and Events Officer
Catherine.gilholme@det.nsw.edu.au

Sonja Sjolander
Arts Initiatives Advisor
Sonja.benson@det.nsw.edu.au

Connections Program Visual Arts Coordinator

Heidi Windeisen
Heidi.windeisen@det.nsw.edu.au

Shining Stars Organiser

Michelle Davies
Principal, Chalmers Road Public School
Michelle.m.davies@det.nsw.edu.au

Inclusive Creative Arts digital teaching resources

Are you looking for some fun and accessible creative arts lessons for students with a range of disability in your classroom? Well look no further, we have you covered. The following Art Bites and Creative Classes developed by The Arts Unit are perfect for teachers and carers to give wonderful creative learning opportunities for students from all age ranges and abilities. We are adding to these resources all the time so save this link and watch this space.

We would love to see any student work produced, filmed or photographed, and you can send it through to artsintiatives@det.nsw.edu.au with your name, your student’s name and school.

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If you have any suggestions for other classes or topics to be developed you can also drop us a line at artsinitiatives@det.nsw.edu.au.

Art Bites

Drama games K-2 – movement and mime

Drama games K-2 – movement and mime

Drama games K-2 – movement and mime

Kindergarten to year 2 drama
Presented by 
Charlotte Connor

Join Charlotte Connor to have fun with these drama games! The purpose of these games is to focus on mime and gestures, using both imagination and body language to create characters and action.

Duration: 
15:53
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Viewers are advised that the content, views and opinions expresses in the following presentation are those of the authors and do not represent the views and policies of the NSW Department of Education. Viewer discretion is advised. If you are a student and you are viewing this, you have sought prior approval from your parent/caregiver to do so.
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Making mini paper puppets

Making mini paper puppets

Making mini paper puppets

Primary and lower secondary drama
Presented by 
Genevieve De Souza

How to make a mini paper puppet and 'breathe' life into it by adding movement.

Duration: 
14:57
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Making mini paper puppets
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Operation Art – 1. Junkyard robots

Operation Art

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Junkyard robots

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Junkyard robots

Lower primary visual arts
Presented by 
Heidi Windeisen

Join Heidi Windeisen as she guides you through the process of making your very own junkyard robot!

Duration: 
7:17
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Operation Art - 1. Junkyard robots
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Viewers are advised that the content, views and opinions expresses in the following presentation are those of the authors and do not represent the views and policies of the NSW Department of Education. Viewer discretion is advised. If you are a student and you are viewing this, you have sought prior approval from your parent/caregiver to do so.
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Operation Art – 2. The King Sun

Operation Art

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The King Sun

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The King Sun

Lower primary visual arts
Presented by 
Heidi Windeisen

This is a mixed media artwork for lower primary based on John Olsen’s artwork titled The King Sun. Children will create their own King Sun using food colouring, acrylic paint and oil pastels or crayons.

Duration: 
6:50
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Operation Art – 2. The king sun
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Operation Art – 3. Rainbow leaves

Operation Art

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Rainbow leaves

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Rainbow leaves

Mid to upper primary visual arts
Presented by 
Heidi Windeisen

Students will learn about tint and shade scales, mixing paint to create an interesting artwork with leaves they have collected.

Duration: 
11:46
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Operation Art – Rainbow leaves
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Viewers are advised that the content, views and opinions expresses in the following presentation are those of the authors and do not represent the views and policies of the NSW Department of Education. Viewer discretion is advised. If you are a student and you are viewing this, you have sought prior approval from your parent/caregiver to do so.
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Operation Art – 4. From the inside out

Operation Art

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From the inside out

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From the inside out

Upper primary and lower secondary visual arts
Presented by 
Heidi Windeisen

Never before have we spent so much time inside our homes staring out! A great way to document all of your recent experiences and feelings is through painting! So grab your paintbrush, and let's take a look outside your window!

Duration: 
14:32
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Operation Art – 04. From the inside out
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 Creative Classes

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Disco dancing

Kindergarten to Year 6 dance
Creating dance with a disco-inspired theme
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Dinosaur dig

Kindergarten to Year 2 dance, music and visual arts
Explore the world of dinosaurs through creative arts
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Let's sign – I See Stars

Kindergarten to Year 8 music
Exploring Auslan (Australian Sign Language) through the song 'I See Stars'
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Colourful melodies

Years 1 to 6 music
Making and organising sounds to compose a simple musical composition
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Colour my world

Years 1 to 6 visual arts
Explore colour theory and create a colour wheel
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Videos

Getting Started

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Getting Started
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Sequences and dance blocks - Disco dance

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Sequences and dance blocks - Disco dance
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Performance and outcomes - Dinosaur dig dance

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9:05
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Performance and outcomes - Dinosaur dig dance
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Creating a dance program - Props and stuff

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3:26
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Creating a dance program - Props and stuff
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The howdy partner warmup

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7:37
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The howdy partner warmup
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Sequences and dance blocks - Green fingernails

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6:16
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Sequences and dance blocks - Green fingernails
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Performance opportunities and recap

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Performance opportunities and recap
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Creating a dance program - Who are we?

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Creating a dance program - Who are we?
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Performance and outcomes - Two tribes dance

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Performance and outcomes - Two tribes dance
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Creating a dance program - Mirror mirror

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Creating a dance program - Mirror mirror
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Disability Dance Workshop

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32:16
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Disability Dance Workshop
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Approaches for dance students with intellectual disabilities

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Approaches for dance students with intellectual disabilities
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