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

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.


Ken Done Art Car

At 14 years old Ken left school to go to the National Art School in Sydney.  After 5 years Ken became an art director and designer in New York, London and Sydney.

Ken has worked for many charities, mainly charities to do with underprivileged children.  Ken was Father of the Year in 1989.

In 1992, Ken received the Order of Australia (A.M.), for services to Art, Design and Tourism

Ken uses very bright colours, he paints a lot of Australian themes,   The paintings look like a child has drawn them.

I like the car that Ken painted because it looks really cool.

Albert Namatjira

  Hi my name is HeatherD and I had to choose an Australian

   artist and I chose Albert Namatjira.

   Albert Namatjira was born in 1902 but sadly died in 1959.

  Albert Namatjira died at the age of 57 by heart disease.

   Did you know that Albert when he was  born was  called Elea not Albert.

   Albert Namatjira is one of Australia’s great artists, and

   perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter.

   Albert love painting artworks about landscapes and 

   Aboriginal things.    By HeatherD

Rolf Harris

I chose Rolf Harris. Rolf was born on 30 March 1930. He is a painter, musician, composer and a TV star. One of his famous paintings is the one he did of the Queen in 2005. Rolf did TV shows for little kids to teach them art. When Rolf was younger he used to be a brilliant swimmer and was in many comps. One of my favourite songs by Rolf is Tie Me Kangaroo Down,Sport, which became a Aussie favourite. It also bacame a hit in Britan and America. Rolf was born in Perth [South Australia] and moved to Britan in 1952. Currently he is 82.
He is one of my favorite artists ever! By Lorelei.
The Queen by Rolf Harris