Critical & Creative Thinking program

students at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

MPRG Education welcomes the opportunity to design programs to cater to your specific curriculum needs both here at the Gallery and in your classroom.

These programs are available during current exhibitions (12 May - 9 July):

National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition

Focusing on the key period in each of Cotton and Dupain's careers, Max & Olive: The photographic life of Olive Cotton & Max Dupain includes many of their most memorable images as they experimented with the forms and strategies of modernist photography, to create an iconic contemporary Australian photographic practice.

8-12 Gallery session
Using photographic terms such as depth of field, framing, focal point, horizon, foreground and viewpoint, students analyse images, discuss their meanings and find relevance to their own art-making. 

F-12 Viewpoint Workshop 
Inspired by the modernist use of unconventional viewpoints, students manipulate size and scale to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

4-12 Gallery session & Appropriation Workshop
Paying particular attention to Dupain's Sunbaker, students compare it to Anne Zahalka's Sunbaker #2. They discuss formal structures and how the images have different social and historical contexts, and relationship to the word 'iconic'. Students also consider the changing roles of women in 1937 compared to 1898 and now.

Using collage and drawing, students consider the essential components needed to bring Dupain's Sunbaker into the 21st century and develop their own interpretation of this iconic image. 

An MPRG exhibition

Zoë Croggon presents a series of stunning collages that splice together the human body with the natural landscape and built environment. Croggon has developed a unique style incorporating scanned found photographs and sharp juxtaposition of contrasting images. Guided by the texture, light and forms within the images Croggon examines the possibilities and limits of pictorial abstraction and metamorphosis, seamlessly integrating dancers and athletes with details of modern architecture.

F-12 Gallery session
Students consider Croggon's skillful juxtaposition of incongruous imagery and discuss the formal and playful qualities of her images.

F-12 Workshop
Students manipulate and splice together found imagery, constructing their own surprising hybrid images.

Sydney Living Museums travelling exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the innovative  architecture and creative design of 31 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3D models and filmed interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle.

F-12 Gallery session
Students observe and discuss the various influences that have impacted the design of these distinctive houses, then explore the idea of good design as it relates to their own design aesthetic.

F-12 Workshop 
Working in teams, students respond to a design brief, brainstorm ideas, sketch, design, construct a model and pitch to the group, highlighting the creative design innovations of their housing concept.  

These programs are available during our next exhibitions (21 July - 17 September):
Constance Stokes, Wendy Sharpe, Minna Gilligan 

Gallery Session F-12
Students observe how these three dynamic artists have reacted creatively to the different worlds they live in. Students respond to and interpret the distinctive uses of materials, techniques, colour and compositional devices.  They explore the similarities and differences between the approaches to art-making these three powerful female artists have employed in different times and contexts. Workshop

Primary & Secondary
Inspired by Stokes, Sharpe and Gilligan students explore their own creativity with colour, drawing and found imagery to celebrate a person, place or thing special to them.

These programs are available during all exhibitions:

Peek Ponder and Play F - 10 Students engage in playful activities as they explore the current exhibition. Working in teams they use lateral thinking and problem-solving to resolve challenges and respond creatively to the artworks. This fun program is designed to foster familiarity with looking at art and being in a gallery. Workshop: Responding to the works on display, students create their own expressive artwork.

What’s the Story? F - 8 Students explore artworks that tell stories as they develop skills observing, thinking and sharing ideas. Workshop: Students develop their visual expressive skills as they make aesthetic decisions to tell their own story in their artwork.

Fancy Feelings! F - 4 Students develop emotional literacy as they identify and talk about feelings expressed in art. Workshop: Students explore the use of art elements to communicate emotions in their own Passion Portrait.

Creative Writing 4 - 12 Students respond to artworks with creative word play and paint colourful pictures with wonderful words!

Explore & Express 7 - 12 Students explore artworks to interpret, identify and describe key features from a variety of times, places and cultures. They use art language to describe, discuss and compare the communication of ideas, meanings and messages. Workshop: Responding to the works on display, students create their own expressive artwork.

Students develop their use of appropriate terminology as they compare and discuss artworks using the analytical frameworks.


Learning in the Gallery with the MPRG Educator: $5/student (1 hour)
Learning in the Gallery and workshop with the MPRG Educator: $7.50/student (2 hours) 
Learning in schools with the  MPRG Educator: $5/student (minimum numbers apply)
Special programs and sessions costed on an individual basis
Independent Gallery learning: $2/student
Disadvantaged schools negotiated on an individual basis
Educator Previews: free
Professional Learning: free, unless indicated otherwise 

School holiday programs

Visit the events section of the website to find out about upcoming school holiday programs for primary and secondary school students, including VCE Art & Studio Arts folio development workshops: