This education resource introduces you to the work of Clarice Beckett. It can be used as a starting point in the classroom for students to learn about Modernism, the sensory experience of art, the role of the curator and the mechanics of building a picture. It is also the ideal companion to your Gallery visit.

The 130 paintings in The present moment are thematically displayed around shifts in time that chart one single day. The exhibition will take you and your students on a sensory journey from the first breath of sunrise, through to the hush of sunset and finally, a return into the enveloping mists of nightfall.

There are over 60 making and responding suggestions in this resource that are linked to the overarching themes within Beckett's work and provide ideas that relate to the world of your students whilst they learn about Australian art history. Through this, students are invited to explore, discuss and compare Beckett's work with other artists they encounter in the Gallery's collection.

Clarice Beckett: The present moment showcases Alastair Hunter OAM’s recent support of the acquisition of 21 Clarice Beckett paintings. Learn more about this collection of paintings below.

The Clarice Beckett Briefing is now booked out. The recording of the briefing will be available to view online on Thursday 4 March, 2021.

Come along to our Clarice Beckett Catch up event on Saturday 27 March. This event will include a tour of the exhibition and hands-on making session.

We recommend exploring the online components of this resource first, as it includes videos and links to other pages on the website which aren’t available in the Powerpoint version.

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Luna Park, 1919, St Kilda, Melbourne, oil on board, 18.0 x 20.0 cm; Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM and the late Tom Hunter in memory of Elizabeth through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Introducing Clarice Beckett

One of Australia’s most important painters of the interwar period

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Beach scene, c.1932, Beaumaris, Victoria, oil on canvas on board, 24.2 x 29.5 cm (sight); Gift of Douglas and Barbara Mullins 2003, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

A modern woman

Learn about Beckett as a pioneering modernist

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Morning shadows, c.1932, Beaumaris, Melbourne, oil on canvas board, 49.5 x 60.0 cm (sight); South Australian Government Grant 1980, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

The mechanics of building a picture

Discover Beckett's compositional techniques

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Passing trams, c.1931, Melbourne, oil on board, 62.8 x 58.7 x 7.0 cm (frame), 48.6 x 44.2 cm (sight); Edna Berniece Harrison Bequest Fund through the Friends of the Art Gallery of South Australia 2001, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Painting your world

Explore Beckett's everyday world

Photo: Saul Steed.

The role of curator

Piecing together the life of one of Australia's finest painters of the twentieth century

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Beaumaris seascape, c1925, Beaumaris, Melbourne, oil on cardboard, 50.0 x 49.0 cm; Purchased 1971 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Beckett Soundscapes

Musician Simone Slattery has created a suite of soundscapes that accompany the viewing experience

Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, Motor lights, 1929, Melbourne, oil on board, 28.3 x 35.2 cm; Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM and the late Tom Hunter in memory of Elizabeth through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Art in Auslan

Learn Auslan for words commonly used to describe works of art by Clarice Beckett

The Gallery’s Learning programs are supported by the Department for Education.

Art Gallery of South Australia staff Tracey Lock, Kylie Neagle, Thomas Readett and Dr. Lisa Slade contributed to the development of this resource.