Grace Cossington-Smith The curve of the bridge 1928-29
  • 	Grace Cossington-Smith The curve of the bridge 1928-29
  • 	Elioth Gruner Spring frost 1919
  • 	Lloyd Rees The road to Berry 1947
  • 	Jeffrey Smart Truck and trailer approaching a city 1973
  • 	Imants Tillers Counting: one, two, three 1988
  • 	Fred Williams Sherbrooke Forest 1961

Questions and activities

  • What is your personal definition of a landscape? Compare your definition to one in a dictionary. Look at the landscape around you. Describe what you see to a classmate and ask them to draw the landscape from only your description. Has their image captured what you see?
  • Consider these examples from the Gallery’s collection. What type of landscapes are they? Where has each artist sourced their inspiration? Describe the unique qualities of each work.
  • Discuss the significance of the horizon line in landscapes. Look specifically at Sherbrooke Forest 1961 by Williams. Why do you think the artist has eliminated the horizon line? Can this work still be identified as a landscape? Compare this painting to Sherbrooke Forest 1924 by Tom Roberts, which is also in the Gallery’s collection.
  • Investigate the artists and art styles that Tillers has referenced in Counting: one, two, three. Do you think appropriation adds meaning to the work? Discuss in class whether there is such a thing as originality.
  • Consider the different vantage points and approaches used by these artists. Using these as inspiration, produce a variety of sketches and photographs based on your observations of the world around you. Select a small number of these images to develop further in another medium.