Education resources

Design Emergency Workshop MPRG Photo: Michael Chew

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

MAX & OLIVE: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE OF OLIVE COTTON & MAX DUPAIN
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.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 
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.

Workshop
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. 

>> Download the education resource from the National Gallery of Australia: https://nga.gov.au/MaxOlive/PDF/MaxOlive_EducationKit.pdf

ZOE CROGGAN: DEEP CUTS
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.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS
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.

ICONIC AUSTRALIAN HOUSES
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.


EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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.