The struggle of scaling up artwork is never more apparent than when you're starting with a figure barely 30cm tall. When you add the difficulties of handcrafting in clay across the language barrier, then the final results speak both to an extraordinary tenacity of vision and the universality of artistic expression.
The painter accumulates the vertiginous reflections and the enigmatic echos on the court of King of Spain Philippe IV and reveals us Europe which questions on the place of the illusion and the reality.
Get moving with the HippoBus, using newspaper, tape, paint and a few recycled additions, and make a quick burger with tissues and card. Join Alex on an Eastern adventure and watch him bring a martial arts inspired night scene to life using Chinese materials. Then, have a hoot exploring new painting techniques using cardboard paddles. And before you pack away the pens, learn how to make a windy trick tie to fool all your friends.
This film sheds light on the early influences of one of our greatest painters. Born in Adelaide in 1921, Smart's early years were spent discovering the back lanes of the city's inner suburbs. Now retired from painting, his last work Labyrinth (2011) evokes those memories.
Filmed in Papua New Guinea's jungles and Brisbane in Australia, this is a fascinating look at how different cultures approach art and how one man and his wife took their art to a new audience. Charismatic artist and Highland community leader Dr Michael Mel, challenges colonial stereotyping by asking international art-goers to "construct their own native". He invites them to paint his near-naked artist partner and wife Anna, in ochres and priceless feathers.
Monumental Vision is an international arts adventure series that follows the adventures of Andrew Rogers, one of Australia's most distinguished contemporary sculptors as he works in remote and exotic locations around the world to create monumental 'earth art' called geoglyphs.
Part of Confucian teaching on an ordered world is respect for your elders, both in age and position, respect for the order of the group. At the turn of the 20th century young artists were challenging this way of organising society. To do this they promoted the rights of the lowest member of Confucian society, the girl. Liu Haisu's Girl in a fox fur shocked audiences by depicting a confident modern young woman. Across the sea in Japan, artists were also challenging tradition. Yorozu in his Nude Beauty, embraced individualism.
Illuminating insights in this fascinating story of how some of the great masterpieces from Europe, Asia and America found their way into Australian public collections. Written and presented by Betty Churcher.
In March 2013, John Olsen began work on his largest painting since the Sydney Opera House mural Salute to Five Bells. The eight metre by six metre mural titled The King Sun was transported to Melbourne and installed in the new Collins Square complex. This film follows the painting from blank panels to the installation in Melbourne.
A documentary series commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales that offers a unique view into contemporary art practice in Australia through portraits of three significant and diverse artists.
Nigel and Michelle help Ella use her out-of-date phone directories to make a Pop Up Picture, taking inspiration from an artist who uses old books to make magical miniature scenes. Find out how to make Fake Poo to prank your friends, a Monster Doorstop out of an old towel, and Crisp Packet Badges. We check in with the 'Totally Famous' Banksy and we check out how to make a city rise from the rubbish!
In the third instalment, Edmund Capon explores how, since the 1960s, Australia and its art went global. Transformed into a migrant nation, Australia's dependence on Britain ended and artists played a huge role in shaping the new Australia.
British art critic Matthew Collings examines the concept of beauty in art and gives ten specific examples which best reflect his chosen categories, ranging from 'surprise' and 'selection' to 'simplicity' and 'nature'.
With this work, the painter invents the pointillism and, behind the peaceful banks of the Seine, seizes by his technique the economic and social upheavals of a time which dedicate themselves without Limit in the religion of the progress.
Scarlett is putting on a puppet show and you're invited. Scarlett works with a professional puppeteer to learn how to make a sock puppet. Scarlett creates a fairy puppet and puts on a fairy dust puppet show.
In the remote West Australian Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga, a new art movement has emerged. At its helm, is a young Aboriginal man, Daniel Walbidi, who lives in a modest home with his parents and extended family.
In Australia, discover if Mister Maker can make some googly eye glasses in a minute. In South Africa, find out what can be created from an old cookie cutter and in the UK, lots of Mini Makers build a terrific toy picture.
Getting crafty in the classroom today? Check out some of our favourite arty ideas from Play School, Mister Maker and Art Attack for DIY minibeasts, monsters, puppets and more. (ACAVAM107,ACAVAM111,ACAVAM115,VCAVAV022,VCAVAV026)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)