Schools & Educators
– Primary Programs (K-6)

Booking and Costs

Bookings are essential for all school groups visiting the MCA.
For information on how to book a school visit to the MCA, see our Booking for Schools page.


Creative Guide to Contemporary Art

Encounter the extraodinary in this engaging introduction to contemporary art. Have eyes, ears and imaginations at the ready as you discover the creative possibilities of contemporary art. Investigate diverse art forms in the MCA Collection and exhibitions, learn about how and why contemporary artists make art, and explore how we see and respond to artworks in different ways. Experience a range of innovative creative learning strategies involving storytelling, art-making, drama, movement and games and be inspired to see and think about art in new ways.

Extend your experience with a Creative Studio session in the NCCL. Colour outside the lines in experimental art-making activities inspired by current MCA exhibitions. Use familiar materials in unexpected ways to create collaborative drawings, sculptural installations or digital media works that experiment with materials, ideas and processes investigated during your Gallery Exploration.

Program details:
Gallery Exploration (60 minutes)
$135 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

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Suitable for Stages ES1-Stage 3
Syllabus links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating
ENGLISH: Speaking and listening, reading and viewing (visual texts), thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.

Don’t forget to check out the Creative Guide to Contemporary Art Digital Resource before you visit!


Exhibition Expedition

Become a contemporary art explorer. With an MCA Artist Educator at the lead, take a journey of discovery through an MCA exhibition. Gather new ideas about art and artists, uncover exhibition stories and learn about the role of a curator while making personal and collaborative connections with artworks through playful creative learning strategies. Don’t forget your magnifying glass!

Program Details:
Gallery Exploration (60 minutes)
$135 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

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Syllabus Links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating
ENGLISH: Speaking and listening, reading and viewing (visual texts), thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically


Electronic Art Workshop

Discover artworks that light up, move or react to your presence then head into the NCCL creative studio to collaboratively build your own sculptures using littleBits electronics to create sculptures that move, light up and respond to a viewer.

Explore how electronics can change how an artwork is experienced and create new meanings.

Program details:
Workshop (120 minutes)
$260 per 15 students
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Syllabus links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating
ENGLISH: Speaking & listening, reading & viewing (visual texts), thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively & critically
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Science Understanding: Physical, Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry Skills


About Face: Contemporary Portraiture

Turn your idea of portraits upside down, inside out and back-to-front in this introduction to contemporary portraiture. Investigate different ways contemporary artists create portraits and uncover the many forms that contemporary portraits can take. In an inventive Gallery Exploration involving storytelling, art-making, drama and movement, examine stories that artists tell through portraits of themselves and others – it’s about face and so much more.

In a Creative Studio Extension, experiment with contemporary approaches to portraiture. Taking inspiration from ideas, materials and processes encountered in your Gallery Exploration, explore portraiture possibilities through symbols, words, images and materials in 2D or 3D forms.

Program details:
Gallery Exploration (60 minutes)
$135 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

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Syllabus Links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating
ENGLISH: Talking and Listening, Reading and Viewing Visual Texts, Personal Response
HSIE: This is Me!, People and their Beliefs, Identity and Values


Ngami-li, Gimabi-li (To see, To make)

Explore works by Indigenous artists in the MCA Collection and discover the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, from fibre-based art and painting, to drawing, photography, print and new media work.

Uncover stories of creation and ancestor beings, explore personal histories, experiences and imaginings. Investigate how artists practice cultural traditions in contemporary ways. Examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on Australian history.

In an extension session in the Creative Studios of the NCCL, students explore collaborative approaches to art-making, investigating art-making processes that inspire the sharing of stories.

Program details:
Gallery Exploration (60 minutes)
$135 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

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Suitable for Stages 1-3

Syllabus links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating; DRAMA – Storytelling
HSIE: British Colonisation of Australia, People and their Beliefs, Identity and Values
ENGLISH: Speaking and listening, reading and viewing (visual texts), thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.
CROSS-CURRICULUM: Aboriginal and Indigenous histories and cultures


Art Write Now: Creative Writing and Contemporary Art

Write your way around the MCA and tell your own story in this lively program of creative writing challenges targeting visual literacy and creative writing skills. Investigate contemporary artworks in the MCA galleries and compose a series of short imaginative texts through playful activities that encourage experimentation with language forms and features, literary devices and vocabulary inspired by personal and collaborative connections to artworks. Got a reluctant writer on your hands? Artworks provide new entry points and inspiration for creative writing to encourage students of all abilities.

Program Details:
Gallery Exploration (60/90 minutes)
$135/$165 per 15 students

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Syllabus links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating; DRAMA – Storytelling
ENGLISH: Reading and viewing, writing and representing, responding and composing, thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically, personal expression


Walk The Line Workshop

Follow lines through the MCA Collection to discover different ways artists use line in contemporary art. Explore techniques and materials contemporary artists use to create lines through a diverse selection of artworks, including paintings, sculpture, installation and new media work.

Use engaging creative learning strategies to investigate the effects of different types of lines, and the ideas that they can communicate, including movement, rhythm and emotion.

In a studio workshop in the NCCL, experiment with line-making using traditional and non-traditional art-making materials in unexpected ways. Make collaborative wall-drawings with string, perform lines with your bodies, look for lines in found objects and recreate them into something new.

During this workshop, students will walk their own line through a range of art-making experiences, encouraging them to explore ideas, materials, processes and creative possibilities.

Program Details:
Workshop (120 minutes)
$200 per 15 students

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Syllabus links:
CREATIVE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS – Making and Appreciating; DRAMA – Movement


Bella program for students with specific needs

Look, touch, listen and create in the Bella Program, a FREE art-making workshop for children and young people with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural disabilities.

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Artist Run Adventure

Feeling brave?
Open a creative learning mystery box on an Artist-Run Adventure with a practicing artist from the MCA’s Artist Educator team. Through a program combining an artist talk, Gallery Exploration and studio workshop session, engage with an artist, their practice and MCA exhibitions in a unique creative learning experience.

Program details:
120 minutes: $320 per 15 students OR
180 minutes + 30 minutes break: $375 per 15 students

At least four weeks’ notice is required for an Artist-Run Adventure.
Contact MCA learning for more information: learning@mca.com.au

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MCA Learning: Tailor Made

Individual programs tailored to the needs of your students

Got an idea for a learning program at the MCA? Our Artist Educators can develop a Gallery Exploration or Studio Workshop session specifically tailored to the needs of your class. Please contact MCA Learning to discuss your idea and we will work with you to create your tailor-made experience.

Program details:
At least four weeks’ notice is required for a Tailor-Made program.
Please contact MCA Learning for more information: learning@mca.com.au
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Image:
Lee Mingwei
The Mending Project 2009 (installation view)
interactive installation, one 3 metre table, 2 wooden chairs, 400 cones of thread
dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York
Photograph: Anita Kan