Notes and activities

Big Voices

The Children’s Picture Diaries methodology aims to collect stories about childhood, as told by children in various formats:  in story, poem, film, drawing, painting or sculpture. The methodology encourages the development of critical and creative thinking, literacy, intercultural understandings, and personal and social capabilities.

This education resource is underpinned by the methodology developed in communities by Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM.

Grade Levels: Early Years

Subject Areas: Visual Art

The Artists’ Books Collection, one of the component collections of the Australian Library of Art, is one of the largest publicly available collections of artists' books in Australia, and is recognised as one of the best in the country.

A selection of Artists’ books are on display in the Australian Library of Art Showcase and our education kit enhancing the teaching of Arts curriculum content to students from years 10 to 12.

Grade levels: Secondary

Subject areas: Visual Arts

Spoken

A thought-provoking exhibition about the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, Spoken places rare historical records such as James Cook’s Endeavour Journal alongside the inspiring work of contemporary communities who tell their own language stories through art, song and creativity. Education resources support exhibition visits as well as the exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultures.

Grade levels: Primary

Subject areas: HASS, Visual Art, History  

Resources contain content concerning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.

Tricked and kidnapped into servitude for the sugarcane farms of tropical Queensland, South Sea Islanders were first brought to Australia more than 150 years ago. Discover their stories of resilience through State Library collections and contemporary South Sea Islander artists.

Grade levels: Junior years, Middle years, Senior years

Subject areas: English, HASS, History, Geography

People looking at Islands exhibition

Islands draws on State Library’s rich collections to explore the stories of six Queensland islands through photographs, drawings, maps, objects and more.

Grade levels: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Secondary

Subject areas covered: HASS, Civics and Citizenship, Visual Art, History  

Resources contain content concerning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.

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Explore the fascinating story behind the iconic Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Grade levels: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Secondary, Tertiary

Subject areas: HASS, Civics and Citizenship, Visual Art, History, Design

Resources contain content concerning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.

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Unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes from Queensland’s sporting world are celebrated in an inspiring showcase of images, memorabilia and digital stories.

Grade levels: Upper Primary, Junior Secondary, Upper Secondary

Subject areas: English, HASS, The Arts,

Resources contain content concerning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.

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Learn about Yarrabah art and culture with engaging hands-on activities. Companion resources can be used by both educators and young people ages 13+.

Grade levels: Primary

Subject areas: HASS, Visual Art, History  

Resources contain content concerning the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.