Tom Roberts- Shearing the Rams

Tom Roberts – Shearing the Rams:

I chose to do Tom Roberts. In spring 1888, Tom Roberts arranged with the family of his sister-in-law, the Andersons, to visit this area. Mr. Alexander Anderson, a key figure in Corowa, was an owner of Brocklesby Station, some 64,000 acres (25,000 hectares) near Corowa. During shearing, he made 70 to 80 sketches in and around the station woolshed 16km from Corowa (on a property now known as Killeneen). During autumn and winter, he returned to his studio and did portrait paintings to finance his trips. In spring 1889, he set up his canvas and pad in the shed and as models, “the most characteristic and picturesque of the shearers and rouseabouts”..He completed it in May 1890 and sold it for 350 guineas ($735) to Edward Trenchard who had a pastoral company inCollins   Street,Melbourne.

Tom Roberts made sketches and did them in oils. Tom normally does Australian landscape and portraits how ever, this is an interior (inside the shed).

I like the art because it shows lots of busy things in it so there are heaps of things to look at. I also like the colors in the picture and the fact that it happened 100 years ago.

I think that Tom has done a wonderful job. By: Maddy


Mary  Ann Bugg

I chose Mary. Mary has two names Mary Ann Bugg/Louisa Maison. This is because when her husband [Captain Thunderbolt] went to jail she changed her name and got a job near her husband. A crime she committed was stealing from a a shop. But mostly she just protected her husband and took bullets for him. She married Captain Thunderbolt and had five  children. Her mum was  Aboriginal and her dad was British. Her mum taught her how to survive in the bush and find food. That was a real help to Captain Thunderbolt and his gang. Once she cut her husband out of jail. There was no reward for her there for her husband and gang. Mary and Captain Thunderbolt tried to spend as much time as they could with there children James, John, Mary Jane, Patrick Christopher and the youngest Ellen. That is my facts about Mary Ann Bugg.

By Lorelei

Pro Hart

Hello my name is Ruby and I am going to tell to some stuff about artist Pro Hart.

Pro Hart was a painter, a father, and husband. He travelled the world, but stayed at Broken Hill. He painted almost every day of his life but was disliked, even mocked by the “art mafia”.

He continued to paint and draw after moving back to Broken Hill in his early twenties, even as he worked the long underground shifts in a mine. Indeed, the hard work and the characters in the mine provided much inspiration for the narrative category of his painting styles

Unfortunately on March 28th 2006 Pro Hart died surrounded by his family. And at the age of 77.

Ken Done – BMW M3 Art Car

Ken done – BMW M3

He was asked to paint a BMW M3 for the art car collection.

He painted the car with very detailed brush strokes. Ken Done wanted the car to represent Australia.

He used bright colors and they symbolize sunny beached and tropical landscapes.

He painted his interpretation of parrots and fish on the car, which he thought meant beauty and speed.

I like this piece of art work as my dad has the model car of the M3.

I think its different as its not painted on a canvas, his art work is painted on a car.  by Ebony



Nolan painted a wide range of personal interpretations of historical and legendary figures, including explorers Burke and Wills, and Eliza Fraser.
Probably his most famous work is a series of  descriptions of the bushranger Ned Kelly in the Australian Outback
Nolan recognised that the conceptual image of the black square (Kelly’s helmet and armour) had been part of modern art since World War I. Nolan just placed a pair of eyes into Kelly’s helmet which animates its formal shape.
The series, Kelly’s steel head guard dominates the composition. Nolan also concentrates on the Australian outback and shows a different landscape in nearly every painting. Nolan’s paintings give the audience an insight into the history of Australia but also show others from the world how beautiful Australia is. The intensity of the colours of the land and bush along with its overall smooth texture help create harmony between legend, symbol and visual impact. Kelly is in the centre of the painting but the colours around him help make him stand out. It’s a very simplistic picture but highlights that Ned Kelly is an Australian icon.
Nolan never relied upon one style or technique, but rather experimented throughout his lifetime with many different methods of application, and also devised some of his own.
I like this panting because it shows Ned Kelly as the main thing. I also like how Ned Kelly is protecting where he grew up and where he lives in the bush. I also like how he has painted the horse.

By Ned

Pro Hart

Pro Hart was born in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia in 1928. Pro was a painter, a father, a husband. He explored the world, but stayed in Broken Hill. Pro painted about every adventurous day of his life but was disliked, even mocked by the “art mafia”.

He continued to paint and draw after moving back to Broken Hill in his early twenties, even as he worked the long underground shifts in a mine. Indeed, the hard work and the characters in the mine provided much inspiration for the narrative category of his painting styles.

Sadly on March 28th 2006 Pro Hart passed away at the age of 77 from motor neurone disease whilst he was surrounded by his peers.  

By Sophie

Sydney Nolan

Sydney paints the background first and then he paints the main thing like the picture below. He paints like a kid would paint because thats how he paints. He loves Ned

Kelly.  I like Sydney’s painting because I like Ned Kelly, I like the colours and I just like the way he paints.

By Sam

Russell Drysdale and Art work is Full Moon


The artist (Russell Drysdale) techniques are an out back landscape, he used the oil on canvas to paint this painting. I really like this art work because the colors actually mix together very well, I also like the moon because it shows that it is morning or night and it shines so bright, the rock makes more details to the painting and even sometimes the colors show if it is a sad day or a good day. Russell Drysdale painted 77 paintings.

By Calista Vu


Arthur Streeton The Wharf

I liked this piece of art work because he used bright colours and it was very inspiring to me.

The techniques Arthur used were bright colours and he smoothened some parts to make it realistic.

Arthur Streeton was one of Australia’s best known landscape painters and member of the ‘Heidelberg school’. Born at Mt Duneed, Victoria, in 1867, he studied at the National Gallery School from 1884 to 1887. He was apprenticed as a lithographer with Troedel and Cooper, Melbourne, until 1888 when he left to take up painting full-time

During the 1880s Streeton was one of a group of young Australian artists who took up the French tradition of painting outdoors. He produced direct works that were believed to capture the distinctive qualities of the Australian sunlight. Later paintings created images of Australia that were widely regarded as embodying the essence of national character.

By Olivia Barnes

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts: Slumbering Sea, Mentone, 1887Tom has very carefully painted this picture  of Slumbering Sea, Mentone, his techniques were tested as he struggled for new ideas but this picture of Slumbering sea was truly beautiful.

Facts about the painting:

He used oil on canvas which was 51.0 x 76.5 cm,

Purchased with the help of a speacial grant from the goverment of Victoria, 1979.

Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

The cliffs in this area were renown for their fossils, and the artist in their later letters would write of the fossils beach, when referring to this painting.

Roberts veiw is towards the cliffs at Mentone and beyond to the distant Dandenong Rangers.

I liked this peice of art work because it wasn’t just some typical painting, it showed words and wisdom of what an artist can truly do. It shines in it’s own speacial way, and that why as soon as I saw this painting I knew I just had to write about it. I also liked the way he made everything look so realistic. Tom Roberts is a true artist.

By Alexandra G.