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.

Bookings via email:

17 May – 21 July 2019
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Gallery Session F-12:
Inspired by the vibrant and thought-provoking work of contemporary Australian artists addressing real-life issues, students share ideas, thoughts and questions raised by using crafting techniques to champion activism and social change.

Workshop F-12: Once more with meaning
Using re-purposed kitsch figurines, students use paint markers and mixed media to transform the mundane into meaningful objects that give voice to social concerns real to them. All materials supplied.

Download free Craftivism, Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms Education Resource here: Craftivism-Edukit.pdf(PDF, 3MB)


Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms

Free performance and 2-hour Optical Sound Workshop

Friday 17 May 2019, 9.50am-1pm, free, Year 9 -12, 15 participants only

Learn more about Ross Manning here:

Students will join Ross Manning artist, instrument builder and musician on a walk through his exhibition where he will explain how his art is made from kinetic animation of household electrical objects such as ceiling fans, fluorescent tubes and light beams. Manning will discuss how he uses coloured light as a sonic element and sees “music and colour as interchangeable”.

Students will enjoy a unique performance where Manning will play hand-built percussive and electronic instruments, creating a musical improvisation that will enliven and harmonise with his dazzling light installation.

Students will then work hands-on with Manning in a free 2-hour Optical Sound Workshop, learning how to turn light into sound. The light-sensitive audio electronics made at the workshop will be performed in an improvised jam drawing upon ideas of rhythm, repetition, oscillation and coloured light as composition.

All materials supplied.

Limited numbers, email MPRG Education officer to book



Exclusive opportunity for VCE Art & Studio Arts students and teachers

Saturday 6 July 2019, 9.30 am-4pm, $70 per participant

Learn to play purposefully with pictures and acquire the technical skills to create your own museum-quality, hand-made collage. Deborah Kelly introduces you to her private collection of obsolete images, a treasure trove of abandoned western men's art histories, and shows you how to cut them up and make new art from their remains. Over two intensive sessions, she will focus and exercise your visual literacy as you work side by side.  You are encouraged to bring your own old art books to dissect and resurrect. A selection of papers, cutting mats, cutting implements, acid-free glue and vintage image materials will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring sharp scissors if that is their preferred cutting tool. Camera phones are useful for composing your works.

Teacher profile

Deborah Kelly is a Sydney artist whose works have been shown around Australia, across Europe, Asia and the Americas. She has delivered collage masterclasses in Aarhus, Melbourne, Istanbul, Leipzig, Sydney and Bandung; and considers the process an artwork in and of itself.  

Limited numbers Book here:


Studio Arts Unit 4, Area of Study 3
Monday 5 August 2019, 10am-12pm, $5 per student.

Bringing Area of Study 3 to life with direct experience:

Hear from the Gallery Director, Curator and Registrar about all aspects of staging exhibitions at a Regional Gallery, including exhibition design, lighting, storage and conservation. The Marketing Coordinator will discuss audience engagement and how exhibitions are promoted using different audience development strategies. There’s an opportunity for students to ask questions to help them better understand the workings of a public gallery. Included in the program is a guided tour of the collection rooms where students in small groups see how artworks are managed and stored.  Students will also see the current exhibitions Steel and Clay Stories.

This seminar is specifically developed to assist students with their exam.

Limited numbers, email MPRG Education officer to book now:

These programs are available during all exhibitions:

Sketching in the Gallery F - 12 Students experience deep engagement with the artworks as they observe and record different artists’ styles and explore diverse ways of using aesthetic principles to communicate meaning.

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:

Enjoy your visit
You can add to your visit by enjoying these well-maintained facilities within easy walking distance of MPRG:
Public toilets and picnic facilities
Mornington Botanical Rose Garden with a large covered rotunda
Community-run Oak Hill Gallery

Visit for information on  the range of recreation and sporting facilities at Civic Reserve.