All Melbourne Polytechnic students, faculties, and staff now have access to lynda.com, an online subscription that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. Users can set up individual accounts to enable access to approximately 2,500 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, design, music and video, home computing, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added every week. Access lynda.com 24/7 on and off campus — even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or mobile phone — and watch entire courses or single tutorial videos as you need them. Exercise files let you follow along with the instruction as you learn, and bookmarks help you keep track of what you’d like to watch.
You can access Lynda from the library home page or go directly to the Lynda.com guide: http://libguides.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/Lynda
Approaching Graham Fransella’s studio I hear guitar riffs emanating from the former fish and chip shop which has been Graham’s creative space since 1999. The large interior holds a printmaking workshop, replete with etching tools, hot plates and associated paraphernalia, leading past a guitar and amp (where the avid guitar player unwinds) to a light filled painting studio with easels caked in paint conveying a journey of colour through Graham’s oeuvre. Graham is equally skilled with an intaglio burnisher as he is with a paintbrush, as evidenced with awards for printmaking as well as being a finalist in the Archibald, Dobell and Sulman Drawing Prizes, and winning the AGNSW Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize five times.
The website www.art-prizes.com features information, dates, updates and news about international and Australian art prizes. This is incredibly useful, as previously you could only learn about prizes by doing detailed web searches, seeing the ad in an art magazine or coming across it some other way.
The site has a calendar for every month, displaying the submission dates for each. You just click the link for the prize you’re interested in and it takes you through to the information and submission pages.
They also have Facebook page and other social media presence and an app for your phone which is free.