#5 Peer Review

Hey Adam,
I really like how unique this blog is! I like the fact that you are being true to your thoughts instead of rambling upon how relevant you previously thought your journey to the art gallery was our studies, shown in the opening line. When you start presenting the idea of Romanticism, I quite enjoyed the emphasis you place on this particular type of art that strays from the traditions, to convey, as you put it, the “cultural movement” of that time period.
I found it so interesting how to close your post you created your own piece of artwork to display what you’ve learned on your venture to the art gallery and how it truly contrasts to Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.
You’ve done such a great job! 🙂


#4 Peer Review

Hi Belle,
I could not believe my eyes when I saw that we had similar views on “Hard Times”. I’ve also always wanted to venture to a place of such wonder and beauty like England. I appreciate that you see Dicken’s writing as words which are purposefully placed to be analysed. For example when you mention, “give them a little more play”, you highlight that child-like innocence in adults wanting children to become workers instead truly having a necessary part of their development such as ‘play’. As well the idea of that the circus is linked to the imaginative part of an individual which needs to encompass both the serious and imaginative sides to a human being. I adore the fact that your image came from Pinterest, some people, i.e. myself really don’t know how to incorporate other forms of social media so it is really refreshing to see the media outlet you’ve chosen. All in all, you’ve done a fantastic job, I can’t fault it!



#5 Art Gallery Visit

Write a short summary of your gallery visit today. Mention 2 or 3 of the paintings that most appealed to you and why.

Exploring the art gallery of NSW has been the time of the semester I always wait for. It is one of the few places where I am truly taken back and amazed by the artwork and their backstories. The choice in colour, the meanings as well as the time frame all come together to host a fantastic collective piece of artwork, sculpture and or film.

As we ventured through the 19th century exhibit to find many artworks, which I was astounded by. One such as John Glover’s “Launceston and the River Tamar” which was created in 1832. This piece stood out to me, as it’s romantic themes bounced of the art by using colours of nature, the greens, and the browns, which are all earthy tones. When I glance at this piece I feel as though the trees are imposed, that nature, the scrubland has to enforce European quality, the essence of perfection. The major aspect, which is being admired in this artwork, is the abundance of land. I believe Glover has positioned the frame this way to recognise that there is so much beauty in nature that it could go on for miles. On the right side of the frame, Glover has placed a minuscule sized husband and wife, by doing this he has envisage what it would be like to reflect in nature and it amplifies how small the human race is compared to the environment around us.

Another incredible piece, which I cannot forget, is Eugene Von Guerard’s “Milford Sound”, (1877-1879). The reason why this piece is so unforgettable to me is that the image, which is created, has a balanced realistic and non-realistic feel. What I mean by this is that, the image created through the colouring of lilac and grey tones force the viewer to imagine him or herself in a world of such beauty that it almost seems fake. The artwork is made to show the relationship those human beings to nature, that it is almost insignificant when looking at the height of the mountains in the background. In all honesty when I look at this particular artwork I feel calm, it becomes like a ‘home’ environment, in the sense where it makes me feel comfortable and content like I am allowed to believe in the realistic and the imaginary.


Sir Luke Fildes 1875-1876 piece “The Widower”, was an artwork which I was truly glad to see on Wednesday ‘s trip. The image as a whole consist of a father caring for his children, the setting, which seems run down and a mother in the background cooking with what they have. The darkness, which the painting alludes to, refers to the troublesome times. Fildes focuses on the fact that they’re not rich by the costuming, he dresses each person with broken or dirty clothes to make it easier for the viewer to comprehend. It also references to the idea that this particular family are suffering and going through hardship but besides all that the importance of family is the strength that keeps them together.

Finally, an artwork, which I became extremely interested as soon as I laid eyes on it, was Frederic Lord Leighton’s piece “Cymon & Iphigenia” (1884). When being told that ‘Cymon’ refers to the beast, it quickly appeared to me that the character was a reckless persona. However, simultaneously was smitten with the main woman in the frame. Although Cymon is seen to be a womaniser, which is shown by the other female in the frame, the artwork can be seen as a seduction not just on Cymon’s part but also on Iphigenia’s. Her body language is seen as promiscuous through the way her garments only show parts of her body and the positioning of her body on the bed. In the background there is the sun, which is rising, it can be seen as a symbol of his conscience awakening.


#3 Peer Review

Hi Julena, I really like your approach to this creative question. When I read it, it almost reminded me of a television program in the 90’s called “Boy Meets World”, when you wrote, “How experiencing new things will lead us to emotions we’ve never felt before”. The way you have used short and sharp syntax pops out at someone who reads it. It isn’t boring nor too long that someone would get distracted, it is just the right amount. However, for next time maybe expressing or even elaborating on what you mean by “teach us the way of the world.”. If you do that it may open another underlying theme of the book such as lack of experience of the world surrounding young people. As well maybe a photo or a quote even, portraying someone’s disinterest to what Mr Gradgrind is teaching in the class. Overall you’ve done a great job! 🙂


#2 Peer Review

Hey Brittney,
What a great interpretation of the way Emma reacts to this situation. I love the way you used syntax, in short, sharp sentences to show the immediate reaction of Emma’s subconscious realisation that the man she cares is being loved over by another. When you used the sentence, “How could I be so stupid as to miss that?”, to me, it felt more like a current version of what Emma would have said if she was placed in this time period, so I was really appreciative of the time jump.
Something that I think you could work on is maybe to add more onto the line, “Why am I getting so jealous about this situation? No, no. I love Mr Knightley.”. An additional line or even just one elongated sentence would have made this certain line in your entire paragraph pop out as this is the most important line, it is the moment she realises her deep love for someone she blindsided in this time. Overall, I really enjoyed your take! Well Done! 🙂



#2 My friend’s true needs

There is something about Emma’s character that I believe I can relate to. Not her loud ego of course, but the way she wants everything to be controlled. I am not that overjoyed when change occurs. Here is a paragraph on my representation using the content of “Emma”- of a plan for my friend that has backfired, and myself looking over the decisions I’ve made and how I now realise my friend’s true needs.


Image : Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Harriet Smith (Toni Collette)

How can this be? Something as simple as cheap affection towards one has collided with feelings for another. How could this be?

I thought I was doing the right thing, I was pushing her in a direction I thought she deserved, something which was better.

Now, after all the hard work, I have been in the wrong. I tried to push her towards a life that was better, towards people that I deemed as being better.

Her feelings for the one she has true affections for have been suppressed because of my wrongdoing. I was the one that proclaimed that he wasn’t good enough for her. When he could have given her all the emotional treasures in the world.

This pain is one I’ve never felt before; a true friend being broken by rejection is an aching that one may never come back from. I’ve reflected over my doings, I believe that ‘I’ have been looking for myself, what I deserve and not taking into account the needs of my friend.

The friendship we share is more important than the control I have a need of. Did I listen, when she spoke? Did I care, when she spoke? Why did I do this was it for popularity, pride or even praise?

She wanted a love that was true and pure, not a facade or something of just looks. The societal hierarchy doesn’t matter to her. She wanted a partner in life that would walk through it with her on the good days and the bad.

The one she wants awaits her and I will not stand in her way no longer. Let the course of true love be known and let my meddling be deceased at once.

#1 Peer Review

Hi Natalie,
I love the fact that you’ve chosen to write your own take on Matthew’s reply. You’ve brilliantly used the senses in each of the paragraphs to lift a vivid collection of moments that can take place throughout the course of nature. Through your use of the senses, I truly felt that you were drawing nature right in front of my very eyes, also each stanza you present you seems to be teaching the reader about the beauty that comes with unlocking each sense and freely giving oneself to nature. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed the fact that you didn’t rhyme at all but let the words flow word by word.
Although you highlighted the senses in different colours which really made them stand out even more, you could even add an image to paint the picture of nature that you incredibly showed. All in all fantastic work and I’ll see you in the tutorials! 🙂



Week 2 – Reflection

This past Monday, I resumed my Prac for EDFX173 with a little more confidence than I did in the last week. My practicum teacher embraced me with open arms and made sure I was comfortable in the environment provided to me. I observed and added when needed in class spelling, reading groups and in marking the year one’s homework from the weekend.

As the 3 and a half hours went by I observed certain routines that my prac teacher did through the principles of the social learning theory as outlines by Albert Bandura in the experiment of the Bobo Doll : OBSERVATION.

Attention: The year one students are very quick in losing their focus as mentioned by my mentor, she believes that by changing the tone in her voice or by separating children in the room it isn’t enough. Her counter attack to battle this is instead of letting the year one students learn the content solely in an oral fashion, she gives visual demonstrations to alert both sense and to acquire to the rest of them.

Retention: Her main asset is her use of repetition; she uses things such as sound cards each morning to mould her student’s oral practice. With the ESL children, (children who have difficulties learning) they gave them the same work at the standard were the child feels comfortable in completing it. But then let them work through it at their own pace.

Reproduction: Something that really resided with me is seeing a struggling student being aided in a way in which they were happy such as using vivid examples to allow the students to connect with the content “ when writing the letter Z, dot the corners like marshmallows”. Following this, she allowed students to use the computer board known as the “Promethan”, to retrace and spell the words by themselves.

Motivational Reinforcement : This age group reflects well with instant reward. Individual rewards are the online class dojo= if they get 25+ they get to choose a prize from the prizebox if they get 50+ points or more they receive a major prize. Group rewards = are received by the highest point receiving table on Fridays. The reward system = in this school students need instant gratification; if they’re not rewarded straight away they lose interest.

#1 Women in the 19th Century

6/ CRITICAL Write a short paragraph on your impression of some of the Romantic women we have met in the last three weeks: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth (in text and film), Coleridge’s wife Sarah Fricker, Jane Austen. As a group, do these women seem to be a hemmed in by the dominating masculine ethos of the age.

For the past three weeks, we’ve been discovering about the many 19th Century Romantic authors who have brought to life the revolutionary power of the time up and beyond the pages. It really interested me so see that although there are a large collection of male writers there are also many female enthusiasts such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge’s wife Sarah Fricker, Jane Austen. For me, women in the 19th Century were just starting to come forward and be able to share their ideas with the world.

A feisty but creative female was Dorothy Wordsworth who was the sister of William Wordsworth. Whilst Coleridge & Wordsworth affiliated themselves with lyrical ballads, Dorothy had no future ambitions of coming out as an author but had outspoken views as Samuel Coleridge did. Dorothy’s ‘Grasmere-A Fragment’ overlooks the way she visualises her surroundings, “Fields hath it of its own, green fields, But they are rocky steep and bare”. She ironically addresses the life they live in, that there always will be setbacks that are difficult to control.

Left – Dorothy Wordsworth    Right – Mary Wollstonecraft


Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer who advocated for womens’ rights. Mainly in the support of women when talking about men, especially darker skinned males. In one of her writings ‘A Vindication of the rights of woman’, she points out that “Riches and hereditary honours have made cyphers of women to give consequence to the numerical figure”. (Lynch, Deidre Shauna and Jack Stillinger).Wollstonecraft is like a protecting voice of the hard-done-by women in relation to the damaging effects of men.

In one sense these women stand by points that are taking into account by the males. It is almost as if, they have a tales to tell but they don’t let the ‘dominating masculine ethos’ get the last say. Overall they have their own views which express their opinions.


A short clip from “Pandemonium” displaying the character Dorothy Wordsworth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMu615i8tE8
Pandemonium Full-Length Fim  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9kS-NeNOcs



20th Century Summative Blog

Do the interests, concerns and experiences of writers in the 20th century assist the 21st-century human beings in their understanding of the purpose of existence?

It can be fairly easy for one to agree or disagree with writers in general. Each person is unique and that exclusive beings thoughts and feelings are different to the next. One idea topic that always ends up being A-line is the question of one’s existence. The way individuals perceive this motion can be expressed through physical, mental or emotional circumstances. However, there is something incredibly special about 20th Century writers and their pieces that grasp a 21st Century human beings attention and educates them about the purpose of existence.

The purpose of existence is questioned in Wilfred Owen’s poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth”. The focus in this poem is the aftermath of letting the ‘Youth’ participate in war when they are destined for fatality. Owen points out the dehumanisation of soldiers as they are treated as cattle, valid objects of dying. Owen pinpoints the exact moment the “rifle’ rapid rattle” forcing the readers to feel the depth of emotional pain which is the deafening sound of death. Readers can comprehend a story such as this one as it shows a genuine side of war that wasn’t authorised to be publicised back then and the increased worth human beings received now compared to older times.

Visual texts are one form of work, which appeals to the 21st-century human being. The “Three Bathers” painted by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner envision the scarce times in the 20th Century, which also was war. For some reason, I had a unique interpretation. I knew the back-story but something about the three, afraid, naked women spoke to me. The woman who is in the back is larger and seems more scared than the rest compared to the woman at the front. The weight scale difference I believe is due to the strong and the weak. Women today can relate to this same concept because this idea has grown into the 21st Century.

A writer who I believe has turned the English language on its head is George Orwell. His essay “Politics in the English Language” corrects in his opinion, what is being shown as the wrong way literature is being produced. It provokes writers of the present and past day and is still a timely piece for students of language. The “staleness of imagery” and “lack of precision” is his main advice that he brings to this essay. He deems that writers should be unique and not a carbon copy of what has been done before. Which is something 21st-century writers should take into consideration?

My favourite piece to read, listen to and connect with was Marlene Nourbese Philip poetic spin in “Discourse on the Logic of Language”. Her unique spin on language, adding 5 different typographic styles engages the audience in such ways of tone, structure and design when the words and horizontal, vertical and even in tiny paragraphs. Philip’s is determined to portray that language has become a “foreign anguish”. Many tongues speak many languages but English is her own foreign anguish. For many 21st writers, a difficulty may be language, race or nation that they are trying to connect with.

All in All, 20th Century writers have an immense impact on beings in the 21st Century through their own ideas. With just a few of the writers I became interested in such as Wilfred Owen, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Orwell and Marlene Nourbese Philip all envisage that the experiences in the 20th Century can be understood by 21st Century human beings.

“Anthem for Doomed Youth” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/47393

“Three Bathers” http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/158.1984/

“Politics in the English Language” The Norton Anthology of English Literature: 20th Century (Beginning on Page 2610)

“Discourse on the Logic of Language” Youtube Video. Start: 1:08 https://youtu.be/424yF9eqBsE