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

Students lead the Exchange in 2015!

Join artists and MCA curators in conversation with secondary students from NSW schools for a series of lively talks exploring artist and curatorial practice. Attend in person or stream live to your classroom!

Anne Loxley, Curator C3 West
Thursday 18 June, 11.00am-12 noon

Aleks Danko and Glenn Barkley
Term 3, Date TBC, 11.00am-12 noon

Primavera artists
Thursday 12 November, 11.00am-12 noon

Tickets:
$10 per student, teachers free

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

Book online here.

Free live stream: Register to join the conversation here!

Image: Aleks Danko, Chatter 2008-2009, engraved plastic, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2009, image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Syllabus links

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


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)
$135/$165 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Extension (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students
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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 texts, language forms and features, cultural expression in texts, thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.


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)
$135/$165 per 15 students
Gallery Exploration + Creative Studio Session (90 minutes)
$180 per 15 students

Exhibition in Focus programs may cover two exhibitions within a 90-minute program upon request

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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.


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
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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: Responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies, language forms and features, cultural expression in texts, thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically *TECHNOLOGY:*Electronics, Graphics, Media technologies


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.

Winanga-li has been developed in consultation with Aboriginal education professionals and MCA staff. The program incorporates Aboriginal learning strategies and emphasises the voices of Aboriginal artists.

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

Our Digital Studio is a PC environment.

Program details:
Workshop (120 minutes)
$260 per 15 students
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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.


Unpacking Unseen Images

In a small-group program based on dialogue and exchange, investigate artworks in MCA exhibitions to build a tool-kit of strategies for unpacking and responding to contemporary art. Explore the experience of the audience through direct engagement with artworks, including screen-based and installation works, analyse wall labels and curatorial texts, and examine works through the perspectives provided by the Visual Arts Frames and Conceptual Framework.

A useful workshop for students developing visual literacy skills or preparing for the HSC Visual Arts Exam. Want to focus on a particular syllabus content area? Let us know in your online booking form.

Program details:
Gallery Exploration (90 minutes)
$165 per 15 students

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


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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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


Artist-Run Adventures

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 workshop
$320 per 15 students
180 minutes + 30 minute break
$375 per 15 students

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