The picture tells the story

Select 5 photos for a new edition of Market Blues.

These images can be of the past or present. You could use Google Image Search or the photos that were collected on the Market Excursion for present day images, or the two links above for the past. In case all 5 photos can not be included in the new edition of the book, rank your photos in order of preference.

Present the images to the class explaining why you chose them and justifying your ranking.
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ACTIVITY 1 Postcards

An important form of "picture" at the turn of the century was the postcard.Often important buildings, gardens, monuments and popular performers were the subject of postcards. In a recent article in the Age newspaper they were described like this:
"Postcards were the e-mails of the Edwardian era. During their heyday, between 1901 and 1915, people exchanged several messages a day. It was a time before the telephone was widespread and everyday communication relied on postcards……there were four [postal] deliveries a day in capital cities and two deliveries in the suburbs; you could send a message in the morning and know it would arrive that same day. You could receive a response by the afternoon post." ("Penny for Your Thoughts", THE AGE, 3/8/02).

The following excerpt describes Sam taking in his surroundings just after he first ‘arrives’ in Melbourne in 1900. Could this be a passge that could inspire a postcard (image and message?
"Sam felt like he was dreaming as he stood staring at the scene around him. The smell of hay, cabbage and horses was thick in the hot morning air. All around were women in bonnets and long skirts that swept the ground, creating little flurries of dust as they walked. Men with bushy moustaches were loading boxes of fruit and vegetables onto their wagons. A Chinese man in weird clothes and with a long black plait hanging down his back angled past them, a pole and two baskets balanced across his shoulders. Voices rang out from every direction and the clatter of carts and horses’ hooves filled the air".p. 52

Use the images from this Wiki for Sam to send four postcards from his time travel in the past, into his (and our) present.


The Heidelberg School

The Heidelberg School, also commonly Heidelberg Art School, was an Australian art movement of the late 19th century. The movement originated in July 1891, when art critic, Sidney Dickinson wrote a review of the exhibitions of works by Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton. Dickinson noted that these artists, whose works were mostly painted in the Heidelberg area, could be considered as "The Heidelberg School".
Since that time, The Heidelberg School has taken on a wider meaning and covers Australian artists of the late nineteenth century who painted in the open air in the impressionist tradition. These artists were inspired by the beautiful landscapes and of and the unique light that typifies the Australian bush.

The School's artists were influenced by the international Impressionist movement, and took up many of the concepts of the group.

· regularly painted landscapes
· used art to depict daily life
· showed a keen interest in the instantaneous effects of lighting
· experimented with a variety of brushstroke techniques
McCubbin in particular used the small, contrasting blocks of strong colour that were a trademark of some Impressionist work. However, these artists should not be viewed as merely copying an international trend. Works of the Heidelberg school are generally viewed as some of the first Western art to realistically and sensitively depict the Australian landscape as it actually exists. Many earlier works look like European scenes and do not reflect the harsh sunlight, earthier colours, and distinctive vegetation of the land they painted.

Tom Robert The artists' camp
Tom Robert By the treasury
A quiet day on Darebin Creek

Artists from the Heidelberg School include:
    • Penleigh Boyd
    • Louis Buvelot
    • Charles Conder
    • David Davies
    • Emanual Phillips Fox
    • Eugene Von Guerard
    • Frederick McCubbin
    • Jane Price
    • Tom Roberts
    • William Nicholas Rowell
    • Arthur Streeton
    • Clara Southern
    • Tudor St George Tucker
    • May Vale
    • Walter Withers
Arthur Streetn Near Heidelberg
Charles_Conder Mentone
Golden Summer

Locations used by Heidelberg School artists
    • Heidelberg
    • Bulleen
    • Templestowe
    • Warrandyte
    • Hahndorf
    • Eltham
    • Research
    • Diamond Creek
    • Ferntree Gully
    • Kallista
    • Olinda
    • Mount Dandenong
    • Kalorama
    • Silvan
    • Lilydale
    • Yarra Glen
    • Coldstream
    • Yering
· Melbourne city. City life was captured by the artists many of whom had studios in a building called Grosvenor Chambers. Located at Number 9 Collins Street it was Australia's first purpose built complex of artist's studios.

To plan an excursion related to these artists and the locations they painted, follow this link:

To plan an excursion to The australian collection of the NGV, click on the following link: