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:

2 August – 13 October 2019

Clay Stories: Contemporary Indigenous Ceramics from Remote Australia

Victorian Curriculum: Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Gallery Session F-Yr. 12: Students observe and share their responses to the wonderful diversity of image-making on exhibition and discuss the different ways decoration, pattern, colour and modelling has been used by a wide variety of Indigenous artists from remote communities to celebrate connections to family, community and place.

Workshop F- Yr. 12: Inspired by ideas from different Indigenous cultures, students work on a vessel shape with imagery, decoration, pattern and colour to celebrate a place special to them.

2 August – 29 September 2019

Steel: art design architecture

Gallery Session F-Yr. 12:

Students analyse, share and discuss their responses to individual works made from steel, exhibited under four themes: steel for domestic spaces, for the kitchen, for shelter, steel large or small? They consider the cultural, personal, formal and contemporary elements explored in different ways by a wide variety of exciting contemporary designers.

Workshop F- Yr. 12:
Following in the footsteps of designers using cardboard to explore and develop their ideas, students choose steel works that inspire them and get creative with card and tape to fashion their own designed object.

Limited numbers, email MPRG Education officer to book


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.