Located on the Ground Level
Bombing up a Lancaster for Wing Commander Douglas
painted in London, 1944
oil on hardboard 63.4 x 76.2 cm
signed l.r., oil STELLA/BOWEN, not dated
Australian War Memorial
acquired under official war art scheme, 1944
About the Education Material
This education material is designed to provide students with insights into key works of art in the exhibition. As with Bowens larger body of work, there is an emphasis on individual portraits; however, there are also landscapes, interiors, and what Bowen termed "conversation pieces" or casual group portraits. The material also provides an unique introduction to issues such as portraiture, women artists, autobiography, Europe during the interwar years, Australian servicemen in Britain during the Second World War, and the Bomber Command campaign.
The material has been developed for students in the middle school years, i.e., Years 6 to 10. Many of the selected works of art feature more difficult questions under the heading of Look Again to ensure that there are issues to challenge students of all ages and abilities. The material focuses on key learning areas in Visual Arts and Studies of Society and the Environment.
The education material includes:
- Biographical notes on Stella Bowen
- Teachers notes
- Student activity sheets with background information, stimulus questions and activities on selected works of art from the exhibition.
- Post-visit activities: Portraiture, Autobiography, RAAF in Britain during the Second World War
The education activities have been designed to achieve the objectives of the "National Profiles" adopted by Australian departments of education in 1994. They can be used by individual students or groups, with or without teacher direction, prior, during or after a visit to the exhibition.
Bowen displays her sketches to some of her sitters, airmen from 466 Squadron based in Yorkshire. 466 Squadron flew Halifax aircraft in Bomber Command.