A colonial eye

About the program

Students investigate the role of artists during the early colonial period and consider how they contributed to the development of the colony. They look at a range of Australian artworks, from early depictions of a strange new land to later works by professional artists showing the progress of the expanding colony.

Students are also guided through two drawing activities focusing on the 19th-century summer house in the garden and a collection of natural history objects in the schoolhouse. They then settle on the hillside beside the house to learn about perspective and the effect that interpretation has on an artist’s work while making their own watercolour.

Key information

Location

Rouse Hill Estate
356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155
Bookings +61 2 8239 2211

Cost (GST free)
From $200 for up to 20 students

Duration
90 minutes

Session offered
Monday to Friday

Maximum students
60 per session

Supervision ratios
The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge

Additional visitor costs
Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $12

Complementary program

Looking towards small cottage across paddocks.
Onsite

Expanding the colony

Students explore the former farm and examine a range of sources to learn about the expansion of NSW in the 19th century and investigate its impacts on the environment, the people of the Boorooberongal clan and the colonisers