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Presenter Profile - Janet Leith

Janet will be exploring the techniques and skills of oil painting on a wooden panel from start to finish, using those aspects of oil that entice artists even today.

Janet professes that she loves “working in oil. Like the many artists before me I am seduced by the rich velvety colours and the way the colour can be pushed around while wet and then layered and manipulated with a range of techniques.”

Both studio artistic practice and methods of teaching with ease in the classroom will be discussed and demonstrated in Janet’s workshop. 

Janet Leith is a practicing artist, adult tutor and senior art teacher with 23 years experience in the classroom. She has travelled extensively, lived and worked overseas with artists such as Zandra Rhodes, Robert Maclean and Jesus Vilallonga, and recently ran a landscape-painting workshop in Cumbria UK. Janet is a passionate art educator and accomplished artist keen to continually develop her skills and techniques. 

New Online PD 

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Are you wanting to gain a stronger understanding of the new AusVELS Arts Curriculum? Are you interested to hear how other educators are making connections to aspects such as the General Capabilities and the Cross-curriculum priorities? The Watching Paint Dry series will be held fortnightly on Wednesday and is FREE to join.

Next session: Wednesday 25 November - Intercultural capability & the Visual Arts

Please click here for more info and to register


2015 VCE Studio Arts Practice Exam Paper

Prepare your students for the upcoming exams with AEV's new practice exam paper for Studio Arts. The paper is an essential VCE resource that can be used repeatedly once purchased, andincludes a selectionof high-quality, high-resolution artworkimages for your students to respond to.

VCE Art and Studio Arts Folio Development and Exam Preparation videos

Available either as a hardcopy DVD (excluding the Studio Arts Folio Development) or to view online via our Vimeo channel.


To assist our members and other visual arts educators in connecting with each other, AEV has a list of networks operating across Victoria. If you have recently moved to a new area, or are looking to share ideas and materials with other educators around you, joining a network is a great way to start.

If you run a network and would like to be listed (at no charge), please complete this form and return to us via email.



The Victorian Curriculum for Foundation - 10 is now available for schools to use. It is the current curriculum that incorporates the Australian Curriculum with Victorian standards and priorities.

AusVELS will continue to operate until December 2016.

Click to view Victorian Curriculum homepage

Click to view Visual Arts homepage


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Vol. 17, Part 2 is now available to download in the members' area.

In this edition: 

  • Teaching Art is Easy by Max Darby

  • Art and Learning: Teaching skills for the future at The Geelong College by Marita Seaton 

  • Helping a Child Negotiate Difficult Experiences: An Intersection of Education and Therapy through Drawing by Elvira Kalenjuk 

  • and the President's Report from Steve Marks.

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