Hola from Barcelona

Hola is Spanish for hello. We arrived in Barcelona, the second biggest city in Spain, the other

day.  The first day was very wet and it reminded me of a rhyme my mother would say to me

– “the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain”. Lucky  for us  the sun has come out. Barcelona is a very interesting  place  filled with  very unusual buildings.  Antonio Gaudi, a very famous artist and architect designed and built many  beautiful buildings in an Art Deco style.

The most famous building in Spain is a cathedral  that Gaudi started building in  1882 and

it is still not finished ! Here is a picture of the inside. I hope you can see the pics I have put up

, I have been having a bit of a problem attaching pictures but I have lot to show you when I

get home.







Drawing Eyes

On our visit to the gallery  we saw a wonderful  charcoal portrait of an aboriginal artist, William Barak – Wurundjeri man.

We liked the way the artist , Ah Kee used the charcoal and used  two white dots in the eyes to make it look more life like.

 We had a go at drawing some life like eyes , what do you think ?


William Barak on PhotoPeach

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

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.