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A collection of Painting related resources to support kaiako with the planning and delivery of teaching and learning

  • Paper Marbling – John Pusateri

    Paper Marbling – John Pusateri

    John reveals the fascinating art of paper marbling. He shares tips and tricks on how to prepare the water, paper and the application of inks to the surface of the…

  • 28 Days in Kiribati ↗ 

    28 Days in Kiribati ↗ 

    External link: A publication by Robin White Claudia Pond Eyley from their time in Kiribati which draws on the experience and art of both women. This publication outlines the political…

  • How to Analyse a Painting Handout

    How to Analyse a Painting Handout

    A handout for students examining how to analyse a painting at Senior Secondary.

  • Abstract Expressionism: Scale Task

    Abstract Expressionism: Scale Task

    This is a great resource to use with Abstract Expressionism large scale artworks. All you need is a large floor space, task sheet, masking tape, and tape measures. Working in…

  • 15th Century Italian Painting

    15th Century Italian Painting

    Workbook pages to use with students on this topic area – includes main artists, iconography, rvision charts, glossary, crossword activity etc.

  • Fauvism and Expressionism

    Fauvism and Expressionism

    These pages are part of a framework for students studying NCEA Level 3 Art History.

  • Still Life to Pattern

    Still Life to Pattern

    Suitable for NZ curriculum level 3-5, (Year 9/10), this unit is essentially a painting and drawing project. It aims to develop skills in observation, shape rotation, colour theory and overlay;…

  • Colin McCahon – Journeys and Landscapes

    Colin McCahon – Journeys and Landscapes

    This curriculum Level 4 activity involves researching the work of Colin McCahon, in particular his methods and ideas in relation to landscape painting, the use of different formats in his…

  • Landscape Drawing and Painting

    Landscape Drawing and Painting

    A landscape drawing and painting unit for NZC Level 4 where students learn and apply a variety of drawing and paint techniques and conventions for drawing landscapes.

  • Street Sm-Art: Drawing and Stenciling with Paint

    Street Sm-Art: Drawing and Stenciling with Paint

    Students produce stenciled artworks communicating ideas about copyright and intellectual property that they perceive as being important to them

  • Kōwhaiwhai Poster

    Kōwhaiwhai Poster

    This resource was published in 1985 but is still very useful in showing students the origins in nature of common kōwhaiwhai patterns. It can also support students to create their…

  • Art Study Cards

    Art Study Cards

    These study cards are designed for secondary visual art and art history students. They could be used in a gallery setting or for classroom activities. Each card explains key art…

  • Painting Progressions NZC 1-6: Still Life Fruit

    Painting Progressions NZC 1-6: Still Life Fruit

    A curriculum progressions exemplar for Levels 1-6 of the New Zealand Curriculum using images painted by students, of fruit.

  • Rosalie Gascoigne: NGV Learning Resources↗

    Rosalie Gascoigne: NGV Learning Resources↗

    External link: “A range of resources that offers students an insight into the artist’s life and work through a series of questions and activities which examine the Rosalie Gascoigne’s distinctive…

  • Art2day Painting Search↗

    Art2day Painting Search↗

    External link: Search a range of different painters with direct links to their websites – a great resource for senior students.

  • 2021 Conference Workshop: Jonny 4Higher – Street Art 101

    2021 Conference Workshop: Jonny 4Higher – Street Art 101

    Jonny Walkman is a full-time freelance mural artist with over twenty years of professional experience. In this workshop, sponsored by Gordon Harris, Jonny discusses his work and shares some tips…

  • Painting social change: creating art with meaning↗

    Painting social change: creating art with meaning↗

    External link: “In this unit designed for years 7-8, students will create a painting which presents a message on a social issue of their choosing. The painting will incorporate visual…

  • The Cologne Kollwitz Collection↗

    The Cologne Kollwitz Collection↗

    External link: “After more than 35 years of active collecting, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne now boasts more than 300 drawings, over 550 prints, all the artist’s posters as…

  • Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall↗

    Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall↗

    External link: “Art Crimes is one of the few websites from the beginning of the web that’s still active, and it’s part of the history of the web, as well…

  • The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation↗

    The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation↗

    External link: “The official catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generations of curators, critics and…

  • Andy Warhol Museum: Lessons↗

    Andy Warhol Museum: Lessons↗

    External link: “Explore Warhol’s life, artistic practice, and legacy through an extensive archive of free interdisciplinary teaching tools.”

  • Andy Warhol Museum: Resources↗

    Andy Warhol Museum: Resources↗

    External link: A selection of educational resources created by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

  • Portraying our people installation↗

    Portraying our people installation↗

    External link: “Students produce a resolved paint or sculptural installation designed for a specific location that communicates the identity and culture of the subject(s).”

  • Layered landscape artist’s book↗

    Layered landscape artist’s book↗

    External link: “Students investigate established practice related to site-based art and typography to produce an artist’s book (paper-based or digital) that expresses a connection to a significant site.”

  • Tūrangawaewae zine↗

    Tūrangawaewae zine↗

    External link: “Students investigate typography and imagery in both Aotearoa New Zealand and international contexts to produce a zine that communicates their relationship with a place of historical significance.”

  • Robin White – The making of ‘That Vase’

    Robin White – The making of ‘That Vase’

    External link: “In 2019, Dame Robin White invited a small team from Te Papa to visit her on location in Lautoka Fiji as she completed That Vase, a masi (Fijian…

  • The Public Studio: Art, Design and Gentrification

    The Public Studio: Art, Design and Gentrification

    This zine, a part of our Creative Resistance How-to Series, is designed to make our skill sets accessible. We encourage you to copy, share, and adapt it to fit your…

  • The Public Studio: An introduction to stenciling

    The Public Studio: An introduction to stenciling

    This zine, is designed to make our skill sets accessible to the communities with whom we work. We encourage you to copy, share, and adapt it to fit your needs…

  • The Public Studio: An introduction to spray painting

    The Public Studio: An introduction to spray painting

    This zine, is designed to make our skill sets accessible to the communities with whom we work. We encourage you to copy, share, and adapt it to fit your needs…

  • The Public Studio: An introduction to colour

    The Public Studio: An introduction to colour

    This zine, is designed to make our skill sets accessible to the communities with whom we work. We encourage you to copy, share, and adapt it to fit your needs…

  • Keith Haring: Lesson plans↗

    Keith Haring: Lesson plans↗

    External link:” We have gathered our lessons from education departments at Museums that have hosted Keith Haring exhibitions or have received funding from us for special projects, from some of…

  • Te whakarite i ngā tae ō Papatuānuku kia whakanehua

    Te whakarite i ngā tae ō Papatuānuku kia whakanehua

    I roto i tēnei ataata ka whakaaturia me pēhea te whakanehu i te oneone i te toka ki te waihanga i ngā rauemi toi pēnei i te peita, i te…

  • Preparing earth colour:  From whenua to powder

    Preparing earth colour: From whenua to powder

    In this video we will show you how to transform raw soil and rock into powdered earth colours to make art materials like paints, crayons and dyes.

  • Found Pigment Painting

    Found Pigment Painting

    An activity that looks at how to create pigments at home inspired by the work of Noŋgirrŋa Marawili.

  • Artist Books: Shelter in Place by Celia Walker↗

    Artist Books: Shelter in Place by Celia Walker↗

    External link: “Shelter in Place brings together a group of artist books by Auckland printmaker Celia Walker. Landscape, environment and cultural history feature in the exhibition, reflecting the artist’s interest…

  • Albrecht to Zusters: Aotearoa artists’ books↗

    Albrecht to Zusters: Aotearoa artists’ books↗

    External link: “The Albrecht to Zusters Aotearoa artists’ books exhibition displays stunning works of visual and written arts, and explores different materials, bindings and forms – from the traditional Codex…

  • Level 3 Painting task sheet

    Level 3 Painting task sheet

    A task sheet for Level 3 Painting.

  • Intuitive Composition: Painting from process↗

    Intuitive Composition: Painting from process↗

    External link: A lesson plan created by ACCA that is adaptable to both primary and secondary level students centred upon the methods that artist Kirsty Budge uses to generate paintings.

  • Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow – Resource

    Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow – Resource

    A school resource based on Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition “Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” that was hosted at Queensland Art Gallery.

  • Profiles – Jeffrey Harris (1983)

    Profiles – Jeffrey Harris (1983)

    External link: “Dunedin-based painter Jeffrey Harris is profiled in this episode from a 1983 arts series. Harris talks about his quest for intensity and impact, and how violence both attracts…

  • Profiles – Richard Killeen (1983)

    Profiles – Richard Killeen (1983)

    External link: “Auckland artist Richard Killeen is profiled in this 1983 episode of a series about notable New Zealand painters and sculptors. Killeen moved from realism in his early paintings…

  • Kaleidoscope – Frances Hodgkins (1989)

    Kaleidoscope – Frances Hodgkins (1989)

    External link: ” Subtitled ‘A Painter of Genius’, this 1989 Kaleidoscope portrait mixes archival material with recreations of Hodgkins working in England in the 1940s, and being interviewed by Vogue.”

  • New Artland – Karl Maughan (2009)

    New Artland – Karl Maughan (2009)

    External link: “The format for New Artland was to film a leading Kiwi artist devising an artwork, in collaboration with a community that they have some kind of bond with.…

  • Ralph Hotere (1974)

    Ralph Hotere (1974)

    External link: “Directed by Sam Pillsbury, this 1974 film observes Ralph Hotere — one of New Zealand’s greatest artists — at a moment when excitement is gathering about his work.”

  • Profiles – Tony Fomison (1981)

    Profiles – Tony Fomison (1981)

    External link: “New Zealand painter Tony Fomison is profiled in this 1981 episode of a series about notable artists. Fomison is an engaging but diffident subject — describing his often…

  • Pacific Ikon – Pat Hanly (1988)

    Pacific Ikon – Pat Hanly (1988)

    External link: “Director Stewart Main talked to artist Pat Hanly about life as painter and activist for 1998 documentary Pacific Ikon, from which this excerpt is taken. Hanly discusses his…

  • Questions for Mr Reynolds (2007)

    Questions for Mr Reynolds (2007)

    External link: “The work of artist John Reynolds takes in painting, photography, clothes, tattooing and landscaping. This documentary looks at Reynold’s exuberant personality, his strong family life, his sense of…

  • Kaleidoscope – Toss Woollaston (1987)

    Kaleidoscope – Toss Woollaston (1987)

    External link: “Television New Zealand’s flagship 80s arts show looks at Sir Toss Woollaston — a pioneer of modern art in New Zealand. Topics include his development as an artist…

  • Kaleidoscope – Rita Angus (1983)

    Kaleidoscope – Rita Angus (1983)

    External link: “This 1983 episode of arts series Kaleidoscope profiles the life of Rita Angus, whose paintings won critical acclaim both in New Zealand and abroad.”

  • Colin McCahon: I Am (2004)

    Colin McCahon: I Am (2004)

    External link: “This documentary looks at the life and work of New Zealand’s most celebrated painter, Colin McCahon and his explorations of modernist techniques in paintings that reconceived ‘the promised…

  • Reflections – Gretchen Albrecht (2006)

    Reflections – Gretchen Albrecht (2006)

    External link: “From the late 1980s, Gretchen Albrecht’s richly-coloured large abstract paintings made her reputation in New Zealand. This documentary traces the development of Albrecht’s work from her art school…

  • Hotere (2001)

    Hotere (2001)

    External link: “Ralph Hotere (Te Aupōuri) is regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest artists. This documentary by Merata Mita provides a perspective on his world, largely by way of…

  • Kaleidoscope – Grahame Sydney (1984)

    Kaleidoscope – Grahame Sydney (1984)

    External link: “In this episode from long-running arts series Kaleidoscope, reporter Angela D’Audney visits the artist Grahame Sydney at his home — Mount Pisa Station near Cromwell — and discovers…

  • One Man and the Sea (1984)

    One Man and the Sea (1984)

    External link: “New Zealand artist Michael Smither (well known for his idiosyncratic realist paintings, such as Rocks with Mountain) is a man of many theories and ideas. This film, made…

  • Lovely Rita (2007)

    Lovely Rita (2007)

    External link: “Artist Rita Angus was well known for her enigmatic self-portraits, and this affectionate documentary explores the relationship between the work and the artist’s life.”

  • Toi Koru: Sandy Adsett artist talk

    Toi Koru: Sandy Adsett artist talk

    Sandy Adsett artist talk in conversation with Reuben Friend about his survey show Toi Koru.

  • Artist Spotlight: Ahsin Ahsin

    Artist Spotlight: Ahsin Ahsin

    “… it’s quite bold, it’s a bit of a statement, it’s in your face…” Moana Legacy artist Ahsin Ahsin talks about reconnecting with his Moana Legacy family and what people…

  • Kauae Raro Research Collective: How we make paint

    Kauae Raro Research Collective: How we make paint

    This video will show you one way of making paint using soil, water, and tree gum. Check out our website for our gathering guidelines, karakia and some ways you can…

  • Christina Pataialii and Ruth Ige: A Place Apart – Resource Card

    Christina Pataialii and Ruth Ige: A Place Apart – Resource Card

    Resource card for the exhibition ‘A Place Apart’ by Christina Pataialii and Ruth Ige who make paintings that traverse abstraction and figuration, their work manifesting an enigmatic in-between.

  • Simon Ingram: The Algorithmic Impulse – Resource Card

    Simon Ingram: The Algorithmic Impulse – Resource Card

    Art and algorithms: New Zealand artist Simon Ingram uses mathematics, machines, and electronics to make paintings.

  • Judy Millar: Action Movie – Resource Card

    Judy Millar: Action Movie – Resource Card

    An education resource to supplement Judy Millar’s exhibition ‘Action Movie’ at City Gallery Wellington. Judy Millar is a New Zealand artist who famously ‘paints backwards’, wiping paint off her canvases…

  • Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings – Secondary Study Guide

    Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings – Secondary Study Guide

    A guide for students about Hilma af Klint’s exhibition at City Gallery Wellington.

  • Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings – Teachers’ Resource

    Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings – Teachers’ Resource

    Teachers resource guide to Hilma af Klint’s exhibition at City Gallery with a range of activities related to the paintings.

  • Drawing Conventions: Painting

    Drawing Conventions: Painting

    A resource that covers some of the common pictorial and technical conventions used in painting.

  • Key Conventions: International Painting

    Key Conventions: International Painting

    A guide to the key conventions used in international painting movements from Modernism to Post Modernism.

  • Visual Arts: Field Conventions

    Visual Arts: Field Conventions

    A list of conventions for the different Visual Arts fields

  • Conventions of New Zealand Painters

    Conventions of New Zealand Painters

    A list of key New Zealand Painters and the associated conventions used in their work

  • Established Practice: Thematic Approaches in Painting

    Established Practice: Thematic Approaches in Painting

    A comprehensive guide to Thematic Approaches in NCEA Painting using Established Practice

  • Established Practice in Painting: Compositional Approaches

    Established Practice in Painting: Compositional Approaches

    A comprehensive guide to compositional approaches in NCEA Painting

  • New Zealand Landscape Artists: Task

    New Zealand Landscape Artists: Task

    A task that looks at some New Zealand landscape painting.

  • What’s in your Head: Surrealist Activity

    What’s in your Head: Surrealist Activity

    A step-by-step Photoshop activity based on Surrealist portraits.

  • At Home Painting Materials

    At Home Painting Materials

    “There are so many wonderful mediums that can be applied like paint. Here’s a list of some”

  • Pictorial Space Exercise

    Pictorial Space Exercise

    A series of slides that look at how space and depth is created in art.

  • Wayne Youle: Teacher Notes

    Wayne Youle: Teacher Notes

    “10 down surveys highlights from the past 10 years of Wayne Youle’s practice.”

  • Street Art: Burgerman Tasks

    Street Art: Burgerman Tasks

    A street-art based activity that looks at the illustration and work of John Burgerman designed for remote learning.

  • Activity: Street Art

    Activity: Street Art

    A street-art based activity that looks at the work of Farid Rueda designed for remote learning.

  • Grid Typologies & Line Drawings

    Grid Typologies & Line Drawings

    “Grid Typology: Learning Objective – Create a List of 9 Objects that represent you. Remember these need to be appropriate objects to be used in school mahi”

  • Faces of Frida ↗

    Faces of Frida ↗

    External Link: “A closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo through her life, art and legacy”

  • Art Forgers Masterclass ↗

    Art Forgers Masterclass ↗

    External Link: “My name is John Myatt in my time I’ve been a teacher a painter and an art forger. In 1999 I was jailed for forging over 200 paintings…

  • Artist Models for Painting Students ↗

    Artist Models for Painting Students ↗

    External Link: “I frequently get asked to suggest good artist models for Fine Art / Painting students. There are thousands of inspirational historical and contemporary”

  • Painting Artist Models ↗

    Painting Artist Models ↗

    External Link: A series of Painting Artist Models, curated by Hillcrest High School.

  • Expressive Painting Activity ↗

    Expressive Painting Activity ↗

    External Link: “This focus study is more about a range of influences as apposed to one particular artist model.”

  • Cubist Portrait Activity ↗

    Cubist Portrait Activity ↗

    External Link: “1. you need to prepare your painting surface with two coats of gessouse”

  • Whakawhanaunga – Getting Together

    Whakawhanaunga – Getting Together

    “This adventure shows you how to create a puzzle with words and colours, and then how to join”

  • Coffee Squiggles + Collage Wriggles

    Coffee Squiggles + Collage Wriggles

    “This is a simple and creative exercise with no limits or rules. You can complete a small composition or keep it growing”

  • The Cereal Box Series

    The Cereal Box Series

    “With this project we are learning a new way to document or record our experiences. The materials we are using to”

  • Collection of Thoughts

    Collection of Thoughts

    “I had an idea with my daughter Marley (11) to document the time we spent at home in our bubble through daily drawings, writing, journaling, decorating”

  • Magical Doorways Art Adventure

    Magical Doorways Art Adventure

    “The materials you will need are dry fallen sticks (see instructions for size), string – this could be twine, wool”

  • Colours From My Bubble

    Colours From My Bubble

    “In my small garden in West Auckland, I went foraging and collected various coloured fallen plant materials”

  • The Simple Art of Pressing Flowers

    The Simple Art of Pressing Flowers

    “Something else we see a lot at this time and over the following months is beautiful flowers of all colours.”

  • Colin McCahon: I Am (2004) ↗

    Colin McCahon: I Am (2004) ↗

    This documentary looks at the life and work of New Zealand’s most celebrated painter, Colin McCahon.

  • Ralph Hotere (1974)

    Ralph Hotere (1974)

    Directed by Sam Pillsbury, this 1974 film observes Ralph Hotere — one of New Zealand’s greatest artists — at a moment when excitement is gathering about his work…

  • Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu (2017) ↗

    Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu (2017) ↗

    External Link: “This web series profiles nine Ngāi Tahu artists, all working in different mediums. Weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare,”

  • How to Look at a Painting (2011)

    How to Look at a Painting (2011)

    Curator Justin Paton investigates the allure of portraits in this episode of a series inspired by his award-winning book How to Look at a Painting…

  • Reflections – Gretchen Albrecht (2006) ↗

    Reflections – Gretchen Albrecht (2006) ↗

    External Link: “From the late 1980s, Gretchen Albrecht’s richly-coloured large abstract paintings made her reputation in New Zealand.”

  • Pacific Ikon (1998)

    Pacific Ikon (1998)

    Director Stewart Main talked to artist Pat Hanly about life as painter and activist for 1998 documentary Pacific Ikon, from which this excerpt is taken. Interviewed at his Mt Eden…

  • Profiles – Richard Killeen (1983)

    Profiles – Richard Killeen (1983)

    Auckland artist Richard Killeen is profiled in this 1983 episode of a series about notable New Zealand painters and sculptors…

  • Profiles – Jeffrey Harris (1983)

    Profiles – Jeffrey Harris (1983)

    Dunedin-based painter Jeffrey Harris is profiled in this episode from a 1983 arts series. Harris talks about his quest for intensity and impact…

  • Velvet Dreams (1997) ↗

    Velvet Dreams (1997) ↗

    “A homage to Dusky Maiden images as well as a playful take on the low art of velvet painting, Sima Urale’s Velvet Dreams”

  • Profiles – Tony Fomison (1981)

    Profiles – Tony Fomison (1981)

    New Zealand painter Tony Fomison is profiled in this 1981 episode of a series about notable artists. Interviewed by Hamish Keith, Fomison is an engaging but diffident subject — describing…

  • Perceptions of Identity: IB Visual Arts ↗

    Perceptions of Identity: IB Visual Arts ↗

    External Link: “This article features the International Baccalaureate artwork of Iris Cheung, completed as part of the IB Visual Arts Diploma Programme”

  • Tips for Drawing Portfolio (from Student) ↗

    Tips for Drawing Portfolio (from Student) ↗

    External Link: “These are a selection of works and commentaries from Ratthamnoon Prakitpong, a graduate from”

  • How to Develop Your Ideas ↗

    How to Develop Your Ideas ↗

    External Link: “Many high school Art students (such as those studying AS or A2 Level Art & Design) must present a Coursework or Exam portfolio”

  • A Guide to Subject Matter Selection ↗

    A Guide to Subject Matter Selection ↗

    External Link: “Looking for art project ideas? A theme for high school art boards? Whether specialising in Painting, Graphic Design,”

  • Use of Media for Painting Students P3 ↗

    Use of Media for Painting Students P3 ↗

    External Link: “This article outlines unusual painting and drawing techniques that are useful for creating exciting sketchbook pages, grounds, textural layers and adding tone”

  • Use of Media for Painting Students P2 ↗

    Use of Media for Painting Students P2 ↗

    External Link: “It has always amazed me how few high school Art students use a ‘ground’ in their artwork. While grounds are common in contemporary art,”

  • Use of Media for Painting Students P1 ↗

    Use of Media for Painting Students P1 ↗

    External Link: “Sometimes even highly able Painting students feel stuck in a rut. If your IGCSE or A Level Art Coursework project feels stagnant”

  • Tips: Painting Faster & More Efficiently ↗

    Tips: Painting Faster & More Efficiently ↗

    External Link: “When you watch some of the top artists paint, you may be wondering how they do it so fast! They seem to make every stroke without hesitation and…

  • Unfamiliar Painting Materials ↗

    Unfamiliar Painting Materials ↗

    External Link: “When our kids were little we would often take them camping. We would take sketch books pencils and pens for them but what they enjoyed most was making”

  • How to Draw & Paint Faster ↗

    How to Draw & Paint Faster ↗

    External Link: “Are you struggling to get your Art projects done on time? Some students – even those who are dedicated and hard-working”

  • Art Sketchbook Ideas for Students ↗

    Art Sketchbook Ideas for Students ↗

    External Link: “This article contains a collection of sketchbook pages from art students around the world, including those who study”

  • Finding a Voice Through Art & Design ↗

    Finding a Voice Through Art & Design ↗

    External Link: “This article features the A2 Coursework project of Emily Fielding, completed while studying Edexcel A Level Art and Design”

  • Still Life and Paper Cranes ↗

    Still Life and Paper Cranes ↗

    External Link: “This coursework project was completed by Agnes Fung while studying CIE IGCSE Art and Design at”

  • Color Control ↗

    Color Control ↗

    External Link: “There is often a temptation to be blindly led by the subject we are painting when it comes to decisions regarding color.”

  • Unusual Painting Subjects ↗

    Unusual Painting Subjects ↗

    External Link: “It’s easy to fall into the trap of always selecting subject matter that appeals. Landscapes, portraits, flowers, boats and water”

  • Ways to Loosen Your Painting Style ↗

    Ways to Loosen Your Painting Style ↗

    External Link: “When I am teaching Classes and Workshops, no one ever says “Show me how to be a tight painter”. Everyone wants to know how to loosen up and…

  • Painting with Tea

    Painting with Tea

    You’ve seen painting with coffee… now there’s… painting with tea!

  • Painting with Soy Sauce

    Painting with Soy Sauce

    Today I try to paint with… a very popular “Painting with ___” challenge request… and… I’m… scared…! SOY SAUCE! ACK! HERE WE GO!

  • Painting with Coffee

    Painting with Coffee

    WOW. I can’t believe how pleased I am with how this coffee illustration turned out! I was terrified, but… looks good!

  • 2 Watercolor Challenge

    2 Watercolor Challenge

    It’s the two watercolor challenge! I’m very happy with this one… can you tell?!

  • Tips for Artist Block (Painting)

    Tips for Artist Block (Painting)

    Staring at a blank canvas or sheet of paper because you have art block or artist block can be horrible. I know how it feels to have no idea what…

  • The First Female Afghan Street Artist ↗

    The First Female Afghan Street Artist ↗

    External Link: “After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, many of the country’s citizens are uncertain of how it will affect their lives and safety.”

  • E-Waste’s Impact: NCEA Painting ↗

    E-Waste’s Impact: NCEA Painting ↗

    External Link: “This article features Michaela Barker’s outstanding NCEA Level 3 Painting folio, completed in her final year of high school at ”

  • Student Paints 3 Generations of her Family ↗

    Student Paints 3 Generations of her Family ↗

    External Link: “This article features the outstanding paintings and drawings of Sophie Cahill, completed as part of her A Level Personal Investigation (Unit 3)”

  • 10 Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners

    10 Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners

    In this video I’m sharing the tips I have learned so far from working with acrylics! These are pretty basic tips but these are things that have been really helping…

  • Simple Acrylic Painting Tips ↗

    Simple Acrylic Painting Tips ↗

    External Link: “If you’re just beginning with acrylic paint in your art journal, you’re going to love these acrylic painting tips for beginners.”

  • Impossible Shape Painting ↗

    Impossible Shape Painting ↗

    External Link: “Keep your brush water clean! Dirty water makes for dirty colors. It’s a good habit to get into that when you can’t see through the water anymore (it…

  • Origami Painting Activity ↗

    Origami Painting Activity ↗

    External Link: “Keep your brush water clean! Dirty water makes for dirty colours. It’s a good habit to get into that when you can’t see through the water anymore (it…

  • Tutorial: Acrylic Landscape Painting

    Tutorial: Acrylic Landscape Painting

    Learn how to paint using acrylics! Our simple landscape tutorial has tons of tips that will help you learn the basic techniques of creating acrylic paintings.

  • More Acrylic Painting Techniques ↗

    More Acrylic Painting Techniques ↗

    External Link: “Want to get started with acrylics? This article reveals the key acrylic painting techniques you should know.”

  • Acrylic Painting Techniques ↗

    Acrylic Painting Techniques ↗

    External Link: “Painting has proven to be one of the most marketable forms of art. While some of the oldest methods date back thousands of years”

  • Tips: Working on an Art Series ↗

    Tips: Working on an Art Series ↗

    External Link: “An art series is a unified, cohesive body of work that employs the same technique, subject, or palette throughout multiple works”

  • Develop a Professional Series of Artwork ↗

    Develop a Professional Series of Artwork ↗

    External Link: “When making the leap from novice to professional artist you must be deft at developing a professional series of artwork. You will need to know what you are…

  • Beginners Guide to Light & Shadow ↗

    Beginners Guide to Light & Shadow ↗

    External Link: “Ever felt frustrated having worked so hard on a drawing – only to find it still looks ‘flat’? Is it the proportions? The perspective? Perhaps the composition?”

  • Differences between Acrylics & Oil ↗

    Differences between Acrylics & Oil ↗

    External Link: “A Beginners Guide. What is the difference between Oils vs Acrylic Paints?”

  • Add Depth to Mountains in Acrylic ↗

    Add Depth to Mountains in Acrylic ↗

    External Link: “Have you ever wondered why a hill, that you know is covered in green trees, looks purple or blue when viewed from a long distance away?”

  • Acrylics: How to Paint Glass & Reflections ↗

    Acrylics: How to Paint Glass & Reflections ↗

    External Link: “In Part 1 we looked at how to master the basic features of your digital camera, so you can emulate how your eyes see things in nature to…

  • Paint Light & Shade in Acrylics ↗

    Paint Light & Shade in Acrylics ↗

    External Link “In this light and shadow series, we look at the theory, drawing and painting of a simple form focusing on shadow, light and edges.”

  • How to Paint like Monet ↗

    How to Paint like Monet ↗

    External Link: “How do you achieve a more painterly impressionistic approach with acrylics? In this series”

  • Beginners Guide to Colour Strings ↗

    Beginners Guide to Colour Strings ↗

    External Link: “When you first start painting, the vision is to squeeze out bright, vivid paint colours, a handful of paintbrushes, or maybe a beret?”

  • Palette Knife Painting Techniques ↗

    Palette Knife Painting Techniques ↗

    External Link: “Palette knives are seen as a sign of confidence in a painter; you can wield them with gusto, paint impasto, and when no-ones looking, you feel like Van…

  • Martin’s Guide: Drawing for Painting ↗

    Martin’s Guide: Drawing for Painting ↗

    External Link: “How to Draw for Oil Paintings. A complex drawing is quickly lost when the oil colors go on”

  • Martin’s Guide: Painting Exercises ↗

    Martin’s Guide: Painting Exercises ↗

    External Link: “Over the years of teaching people how to use oil paints, I have found that this set of exercises has the best results with the least amount of…

  • Martin’s Guide: Creating Form↗

    Martin’s Guide: Creating Form↗

    External Link: “There are only five basic forms from which all other forms are created. They are the sphere, the cone, the cylinder, the cube, and the doughnut shaped torus”

  • Martin’s Guide: Color and Form ↗

    Martin’s Guide: Color and Form ↗

    External Link: “In this exercise the colored toys provide bright simple forms to practice mixing three values of colors. (See Creating Form) When you see a colored”

  • Martin’s Guide: Values within Colors ↗

    Martin’s Guide: Values within Colors ↗

    External Link: “In this exercise the colors are seen only as lights and darks (or values). This painting will teach you to paint more complex forms than the previous exercise…

  • Martin’s Guide: Glaze / Wash Info ↗

    Martin’s Guide: Glaze / Wash Info ↗

    External Link: “A GLAZE is a thin TRANSPARENT color used over another dry color to create a third color. For example if you put a thinned Quinacridone rose (a transparent…

  • Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting: Overview ↗

    Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting: Overview ↗

    “These are things you should know as you start a painting: Ways to manipulate the paint in Drawing for Oil Painting, Blends, Matching Colors, Creating Form and Glazes and Washes..”

  • How to Paint Green Summer Trees P3

    How to Paint Green Summer Trees P3

    This step-by-step painting tutorial by Artist Will Kemp shows you how to create an impressionist green Summer landscape with Acrylics and develop your landscape painting techniques…

  • How to Paint Green Summer Trees P2

    How to Paint Green Summer Trees P2

    This step-by-step painting tutorial by Artist Will Kemp shows you how to create an impressionist green Summer landscape with Acrylics and develop your landscape painting techniques…

  • How to Paint Green Summer Trees P1

    How to Paint Green Summer Trees P1

    This step-by-step painting tutorial by Artist Will Kemp shows you how to create an impressionist green Summer landscape with Acrylics and develop your landscape painting techniques…

  • Creating Paintings in Watercolor

    Creating Paintings in Watercolor

    Watercolor Painting and Drawing is fun, it’s excitement, it’s passion, it’s imagination! Happy Painting everyone!…

  • Oil Painting Guide: Reflections

    Oil Painting Guide: Reflections

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin…

  • Oil Painting Guide: Color Wheel

    Oil Painting Guide: Color Wheel

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin…

  • Oil Painting Guide: Contrast

    Oil Painting Guide: Contrast

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin…

  • Oil Painting Guide: Texture

    Oil Painting Guide: Texture

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin…

  • Oil Painting Guide: Color As Distance

    Oil Painting Guide: Color As Distance

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin. These videos can help you learn how to paint in oils or improve your painting skills.

  • Oil Painting Guide: Five Basic Shapes

    Oil Painting Guide: Five Basic Shapes

    Oil painting techniques and instruction from renowned artist Bill Martin. These videos can help you learn how to paint in oils or improve your painting skills…

  • Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners

    Acrylic Painting Tips for Beginners

    Learn several blending techniques and tips in acrylic painting with artist Bob Davies in this acrylic painting tutorial…

  • Simple Acrylic Blending Technique

    Simple Acrylic Blending Technique

    In this tutorial, you will learn how to mix your own colors & the best method for acrylic blending technique. Blending is a tricky painting technique to master with acrylic…

  • Cloud Acrylic Painting Tutorial

    Cloud Acrylic Painting Tutorial

    In this video, we will learn how to use acrylic paints to create some fluffy white clouds. We will go through the painting process step by step to make some…

  • Fluffy Cloud Acrylic Tutorial

    Fluffy Cloud Acrylic Tutorial

    In this acrylic painting video, we will learn how to create some fluffy clouds. We will go through the painting process step by step to make some realistic clouds, and…

  • How To: Transfer Drawing onto Canvas

    How To: Transfer Drawing onto Canvas

    In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to transfer a drawing or a picture onto your canvas without using a projector, tracing paper, or carbon paper. This is a part of…

  • Controlling Acrylic Drying Time

    Controlling Acrylic Drying Time

    Demonstration of the key factors in controlling the drying time of acrylic paints. We’ll show how time, temperature, humidity, paint thickness, air-flow, and absorbency impact the way acrylic paint dries.

  • How to Keep Acrylic Paint Wet

    How to Keep Acrylic Paint Wet

    Have you ever used acrylic paint, turned away for just a second and it seemed like it dried instantly? This is one of the biggest drawbacks of working with acrylic.…

  • Awesome Acrylic Pouring Techniques

    Awesome Acrylic Pouring Techniques

    My TOP 10 Acrylic Pouring Compilation – which fluid technique is your favorite and which one you would like to see more often? These pouring techniques are some of my…

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Acrylics Book

    A Beginner’s Guide to Acrylics Book

    “I used to buy hundreds of different colours, try to research magic ‘formulas’ and constantly be looking for secret painting recipes.”

  • Acrylic Painting Techniques: Palette

    Acrylic Painting Techniques: Palette

    Acrylic painting technique to learn how to layout a simple limited palette for acrylic paint colours using a stay-wet palette with professional award-winning artist Will Kemp.

  • Essential Painting Techniques ↗

    Essential Painting Techniques ↗

    External Link: “Fundamental painting techniques you need to know to get you creating your own masterpiece.”

  • Charcoal Drawings: Scaling & Colour ↗

    Charcoal Drawings: Scaling & Colour ↗

    External Link: “Artist Susan Grossman talks about going big with charcoal drawings, adding color with pastels, and her immersive process for capturing city scenes.”

  • Painting a portrait from a photo: risks ↗

    Painting a portrait from a photo: risks ↗

    External Link: “Painting a portrait when you don’t know the person is hard. Painting a person that you don’t know from a photo”

  • Tips: Get Your Creative Groove Back ↗

    Tips: Get Your Creative Groove Back ↗

    External Link: “Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your motivation as an artist? These tips from renowned artist Jean Haines can help you get your groove back — and…

  • Watercolor Inspiration ↗

    Watercolor Inspiration ↗

    External Link: “For more than 20 years, the annual Splash watercolor competition has been celebrating the outstanding work being done in watermedia by contemporary artists from around the globe”

  • Illustrated Travel Journals ↗

    Illustrated Travel Journals ↗

    External Link: “A travel journal is a book of writings about your adventures out and about. Here, artist Brenda Swenson proposes you take your travel journal up a notch by…

  • Fine Art Painters & Painting Tips ↗

    Fine Art Painters & Painting Tips ↗

    External Link: “Here I invite you to view beautiful artworks by professional painters, who share painting tips and professional advice.”

  • Acrylic Painting Techniques

    Acrylic Painting Techniques

    This video will walk you through some of the basic techniques with acrylic paint. These techniques will work with any type – but for your reference I am using Liquitex…

  • Layering Acrylics

    Layering Acrylics

    Second video in my “Acrylics 101” series. We’ll see if it goes beyond this.

  • Oil Painting for Beginners

    Oil Painting for Beginners

    A video on the basics of oil painting for beginners willing to try oil painting. A simple tutorial with everything you need to have a good start : techniques and…

  • 10 Tips for Oil Painting: Beginners

    10 Tips for Oil Painting: Beginners

    Ten things I wish I knew before I started oil painting: 0:00 Surface is fundamental; 2:28 Let it dry; 4:52 Don’t go too fluid; 6:35 Let paint dry however it…

  • How to Match Any Color with Oil Paint

    How to Match Any Color with Oil Paint

    From Draw Mix Paint on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@DrawMixPaint

  • How to Make Oil Paint Dry Faster

    How to Make Oil Paint Dry Faster

    In this video, I talk about 4 ways to speed up the drying time of oil paint. The drying time of oil paints depends on a number of factors, and…

  • How to Paint a Portrait in Oil Paint

    How to Paint a Portrait in Oil Paint

    In this complete tutorial I show step by step how I paint this portrait in oil paint.

  • Howick College: Year 10 Program↗

    Howick College: Year 10 Program↗

    External Link: Howick College’s Year 10 program which features a range of different units.

  • Junior Secondary Contemporary Painting

    Junior Secondary Contemporary Painting

    “This programme of learning is aimed at developing drawing and painting art-making techniques using contemporary Māori

  • Whakapapa Portraits and Unit

    Whakapapa Portraits and Unit

    This 20-slide presentation details aspects of Te Ao Māori, including whakapapa, Tāne Mahuta, society and structures, iwi, hapū, whānau and te whenua.

  • Toi Stories – Tiuka & Balzer ↗

    Toi Stories – Tiuka & Balzer ↗

    External Link: “In Episode 2 of Toi Stories we meet visual artists Kylie Tiuka and Regan Balzer, who share their knowledge and insight into mahi toi.”

  • Painting Lesson Card

    Painting Lesson Card

    “The way an artist uses paint can have a dramatic impact on the way we perceive their work.

  • Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) – Activity

    Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) – Activity

    Use this workbook to guide your students through Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist). Follow the map below to find the artworks.

  • How to Paint a Snowscene P2

    How to Paint a Snowscene P2

    …This step-by-step painting tutorial by Artist Will Kemp shows you how to create an impressionist snowscene with Acrylics and develop your landscape painting techniques.

  • How to Paint a Snowscene P1

    How to Paint a Snowscene P1

    …This step-by-step painting tutorial by Artist Will Kemp shows you how to create an impressionist snowscene with Acrylics and develop your landscape painting techniques.

  • How to Paint Like Frank Bowling | Tate

    How to Paint Like Frank Bowling | Tate

    [Bowling’s] paintings use a variety of bright acrylic paint colours and embedded objects that create unusual but mesmerising compositions. Two of his most well-known paintings in Tate’s collection include ‘Spreadout…

  • Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) Workbook

    Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) Workbook

    “Use this workbook to guide your students through Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist).”

  • How to Analyse an Artwork

    How to Analyse an Artwork

    This resource uses ‘Renee Magritte The Lovers II 1928’ to provide an exemplar of analysis for an artwork.

  • 2.2 and 3.2 Painting check off

    2.2 and 3.2 Painting check off

    This resource provides an extended “bingo” check off for Painting Standards 2.2. and 3.2.

  • How to Paint When Time Pressured

    How to Paint When Time Pressured

    “The information on the following slides was contributed by Jennie Williams and the students and teachers at Macleans College in 2020”

  • Senior & Scholarship Painting Hui Slides

    Senior & Scholarship Painting Hui Slides

    “Katie is Head of Visual Arts at Rangitoto College where in 2021, despite extended lockdowns, 21 students achieved Scholarship, across three Visual Arts subjects.”