Where to find stuff to Break the wall VADEA Inspire 2018 @ St Dominics College. Hosted by steven wallis.

10 good reasons to focus on and support Arts Education.

Digital Media

These are icons most familiar to all digital media teachers and students. The standard stock of the Adobe Creative Cloud.. ubiquitous across most platforms and devices. Where do you find tutorials and projects to inform, educate and inspire yourselves and your students? This is not just an Adobe shopping bag. Hopefully here you’ll find some things to get your creative juices moving.

Adobe TV

At Adobe TV you can access tutorials for all the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Animate, Premiere, XD etc. The following link specifically focuses on Photoshop. Find what you want, download the files and follow along with the video tutorial.

Russell Preston Brown

Russell Brown is Senior Creative Director at Adobe. These tutorials are concise, informative and entertaining to say the least.

Julieanne Kost

Julieanne Kost is an Adobe Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop. Her tutorials focus on innovative ways to use these programs.

Adobe Education Exchange

“The Adobe Education Exchange helps ignite creativity in classrooms worldwide by connecting educators through professional development opportunities, teaching resources and peer-to-peer collaboration”.

To access content and courses on the Exchange simply register:

Professional Development opportunities


Lynda is traditionally a subscription based service that provides access to an extensive library of tutorials on just about everything imaginable. Employees of the DoE have free access to Lynda via the Staff Portal.

Ensure that you have Lynda.com on your DoE Portal Essentials.

Adobe Create Magazine

Free access

Other things to investigate


Course Overviews

Art Theory & Case Studies

The STAGESIX site specifically addresses Critical and Historical Studies for Preliminary & HSC students.


This site will most likely be archived sometime late in 2019. The site contains articles of art world interest and under each of the navigation headings you will find the submenu ‘Archive’: These archives contain links to download worksheets and articles relevant to each category. An example is posted below. All content is either created by me or otherwise sourced and you are free to use with or without modification.

Photo Editing

Darktable is an open source RAW photo editor.

A powerful and free (open source) standalone RAW editor, that provides additional sought after features such as tone mapping, luminosity masking and focus stacking. A more than viable alternative for students and teachers who do not have access to Lightroom.

Affinity Photo for iPad

Digital Painting & Drawing

@ iTunes Store
Pnrocreate @ iTunes
Procreate Pocket @ iTunes
Brushes Redux
For iPad & iPhone @ iTunes Store

“Mr. Hockney uses the Brushes app, a stylus and a digital inkjet printer that takes 20 minutes to print each large page. He’s known for drawing and painting outdoors, and the iPad has simplified that process. It has also raised questions among critics about whether iPad drawings qualify as art........”

Hockney began using the Brushes app in late 2008. This article in The Telegraph (British) offers a good insight into Hockney’s reasons for choosing to work digitally.

David Hockney iPad images
Affinity Designer
Vector Graphics for iPad
Harmony Procedural Drawing

This is a browser based procedural drawing app. Great for mobile devices and tablets: No stylus required. However if accessed from a desktop you will have to use a mouse or connect a Wacom or similar.

Student work
‘Paper’ by WeTransfer
‘Paper’ is free for iPad & iPhone @ iTunes Store
Student works
Sketch Club
Sketch Club for iPhone & iPad @ iTunes Store
Selected works by Aiden Hawkin
Jessi Hunt

For the serious mobile videographers.

Other Mobile Apps
Other Worlds

Processing is a data visualisation software. Make art using data / code. Great for those with a head for coding. It’s powerful and it’s free.

“Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping. Why not you and your students?


Get it

Images @ Planetside.co.uk
A recent Terragen render by yours truely using terrain and surface mapping by Luc Bianco
Lightroom & Beyond for Photographers

Desktop applications

CGI / Animation

The following software are reasonably high end applications. However most DoE units will manage the demands with ease.

You never know what’s around the corner

Contact -|- gary.poulton@det.nsw.edu.au

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Gary Poulton


Headpiece: artworks Ex Di Medeci @ Penrith Regional Gallery.