Schools & Educators
– Secondary Programs (7-12)

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.


Exchange Series: Artist and Curator Talks for Schools

Meet contemporary artists and curators in the Exchange Series – a program of talks throughout 2014 for students and teachers. Hear from artists in current exhibitions to learn first-hand about their practice, go behind-the-scenes with MCA curators to explore the process of developing an exhibition from idea to installation, and be ready to ask your burning questions in the post-talk Q&A.

Term Three:
Curator Talk: Rachel Kent on exhibitions Tabaimo and Annette Messager
Thursday 14 August, 11.00am-12 noon

Term Four:
Artist Talks: Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists
Thursday 31 November, 11.00am-12 noon

Tickets:
$10 per student, teachers free

Exchange Series & Exhibition in Focus package:
$270 per 15 students, teachers free

Bookings are essential. Book online here.

Syllabus links

VISUAL ARTS: Critical and Historical Studies – artists’ practice, critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, frames, significant art histories and critical narratives.

Image:
Tabaimo, Japanese Commuter Train 2001, installation view, TABAIMO, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2006–07, video installation, image courtesy the artist, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo and James Cohan Gallery, New York, © the artist, photograph: Patrick Gries


Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration

20 November 2014 – 15 March 2015

Chuck Close is a visual artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. He is also an accomplished printmaker and photographer whose work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries.

School Bookings
Get in early to book an Educator-led program with an MCA Artist Educator, or a self-guided visit for your class. While tickets are not on sale until July, complete an advance booking online now to reserve your Educator-led program or self-guided visit.

Image:
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait (Yellow Raincoat), 2013, archival watercolour pigment print of Hahnemuhle rag paper, edition of 10, Magnolia Editions, Inc., Oakland, California, printer (Donald Farnsworth, Nicholas Price, Tallulah Terryll), Magnolia Editions, Inc., Oakland, California, publisher, image courtesy and © the artist


New Media and Electronic Art Workshop

New technologies offer new opportunities for artists to make art with and the last century has made an ever increasing range of materials and techniques available to artists.

Through a gallery experience examine how artworks use newer technologies and how these effects can form the language of an artwork. Then take these ideas and apply them to a collaborative art making workshop using littleBits electronics to create sculptures that move, light up and respond to a viewer.

Program details:
Workshop (120 minutes)
$260 per 15 students
Book online today

Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Making – 4D forms/time-based works, ICT, techniques, procedures, artists’ practice; Critical and Historical Studies – critical and historical practice, conceptual framework, interpretation, frames.
ENGLISH: Responds critically and imaginatively to texts, terminology associated with ICT texts, use of ICT to compose imaginative texts, how different technologies shape meaning.


HSC NOW

Programs for individual students

Unpacking Unseen Images
For Year 11 and Year 12 students

Get prepared to ace your Visual Arts exams. Unpack artworks in the MCA Collection and current exhibitions to build a tool-kit of strategies for responding to unseen images.

This program will be delivered by Hannah Chapman, Visual Arts teacher, curator, and contributor to NSW Independent Exams.

Program details:
Dates: Tue 1 Jul or Mon 22 Sep
Time: 10.30am–1pm
Cost: $40 + booking fee
Book online here.

Spark! Exploring ideas for your body of work
For Year 11 students going into Year 12
Beginning your HSC? Join practicing artists from the MCA Learning team in an ideas session to spark possibilities for your body of work. Hear artists speak about their own practice, discover strategies for sparking creative thinking and resolving road blocks, and get inspiration for new ways of thinking and creating in an experimental art-making session.

Program details:
Date: Sat 15 Nov
Time: 10.30am–3.30pm
Cost: $70 + booking fee
Book online here.

For class groups

Body of Work workshop
For Year 11 and Year 12 students

Help your students delve into their body of work with a hands-on session led by practicing artists from the MCA Learning team. Meet the artist and hear about their practice, investigate exhibitions to examine how artists explore ideas, processes and materials within a body of work, and in a practical workshop in the creative studios, experience a range of experimental art-making activities that encourage new creative approaches to methods and materials.

Unpacking Unseen Images: Exam preparation
For Year 11 and Year 12 students
Investigate artworks in the MCA Collection and current exhibitions to build strategies for unpacking unseen images.

Program Details:

Body of Work workshop (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

Unpacking Unseen Images (90 minutes)
$165 per 15 students

Body of Work + Unpacking Unseen Images package (150 minutes)
$300 per 15 students

Book online today


Creative Guide to Contemporary Art (Secondary)

Discover the possibilities of contemporary art on a Gallery Exploration of the MCA’s Collection and current exhibitions. Investigate a range of art forms, including wall paintings, installations, sculpture, and new media work. Examine the role of the artist, their processes and ideas, and consider how the audience experiences and responds to artworks in this lively introduction to contemporary art. 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 (60/90 minutes)
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
Book online today

Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Making – procedures, materials, techniques, artists’ practice; Critical and Historical Studies – critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework and frames.
ENGLISH: Responding to visual and multimedia texts, critical and interpretive thinking, perspectives for interpretation.


Exhibition in Focus

An in-depth investigation of an exhibition, focusing on artists’ practice and curatorial themes and ideas.

Exhibition in Focus programs put an exhibition under the spotlight in an investigative Gallery Exploration. Zero in on an artist’s practice, concepts, process and approach to materials. Identify unifying themes and ideas within the exhibition and reflect on curatorial decision-making. Observe how audiences engage with and respond to what they see.

Program details
Gallery Exploration (60/90 minutes)
Exhibition in Focus programs may cover two exhibitions within a 90-minute program upon request

Book online today

Syllabus links
VISUAL ARTS: Critical and Historical Studies – critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, frames, significant art histories and critical narratives.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND DIGITAL MEDIA/ PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO AND DIGITAL IMAGING: Critical and Historical Interpretations – critical and historical practice, conceptual framework, frames, critical accounts.


Postmodernism

Investigate the qualities that define an artwork as ‘postmodern’, including intertextuality, deconstruction, appropriation and reconfiguration. Apply postmodern critiques to artworks and examine how artists use parody, irony and subversion as strategies to explore issues of power and authority. Examine how postmodern artists reinterpret conventional understandings about the role of the artist and the creative process.

60/90 minutes Gallery Exploration

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Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Critical and Historical Studies – postmodern frame, critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, significant art histories and critical narratives.

Image:
Ricky Swallow
Caravan 2008
Bronze artist proof, edition of 2 (+1 AP)
Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2011


MCA Exposed

MCA Exposed: Exchange Series Talk

Go behind-the-scenes to find out what a contemporary art museum is, what it does and how it works. Investigate the diverse roles of MCA staff to explore how these roles support artists, artworks and audiences in the context of the Museum.

Meet a curator, installer and conservator and other Museum staff in this special Exchange Series talk for students and teachers. Come with questions ready for your chance to expose everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the MCA!

Program details:
Date: Tuesday 5 Aug
Time: 11am–12 noon
Tickets: $10 per student, teachers free
Talk + Exhibition in Focus program: $270 per 15 students, teachers free, bookings essential
Bookings essential

Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Critical and Historical Studies – critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, frames, interpretation, artists’ practice, significant art histories and critical narratives.


Winanga-li (To hear, to know)

Discover the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the MCA Collection through works that range from fibre-based art and painting (on bark, canvas and paper), to drawing, photography, print and new media. Investigate Indigenous insights into the natural and spiritual world, personal histories, perspectives on colonisation and Australian history. Explore the dynamic practice and contemporary direction of emerging and established artists.

Program Details:
Gallery Exploration (60/90 minutes)
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Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Critical and Historical Studies – artists’ practice, critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, frames, significant art histories and critical narratives.
ENGLISH: Responding to visual and multimedia texts, critical and interpretive thinking, processes of representation, contexts for visual texts, perspectives for interpretation.
CROSS-CURRICULUM: Aboriginal and Indigenous Perspectives.


Screen Based Art Workshop

Explore the variety of screen based artworks in MCA exhibitions, including single-channel works, projected images and video installations. Learn the language of screen art, analysing how artists use this medium to challenge visual conventions of time, narrative and space.

In an introductory new media workshop in the Digital and Multimedia Studios of the NCCL, use Adobe Premiere Elements to create a digital screen based artwork. Using footage you record in the MCA and surrounds, combined with ideas and inspiration from the MCA galleries, learn how to layer images and experiment with speed, duration and sound to create your own digital portrait.

Our Digital Studio is a PC environment.

Program details:
Workshop (120 minutes)
$260 per 15 students
Book online today

Syllabus links:
VISUAL ARTS: Making – 4D forms/time-based works, ICT, techniques, procedures, artists’ practice; Critical and Historical Studies – critical and historical practice, conceptual framework, interpretation, frames.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND DIGITAL MEDIA/ PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO AND DIGITAL IMAGING: Making – digital images and forms, techniques, procedures, artists’ practice; Critical and Historical Interpretations/Studies – critical and historical practice, interpretation, conceptual framework, frames.
ENGLISH: Responds critically and imaginatively to texts, terminology associated with ICT texts, use of ICT to compose imaginative texts, how different technologies shape meaning.


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
Book online today

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


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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