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.

Session F-12
Students observe the many different styles of traditional and contemporary photographic, painted and drawn portraiture on exhibition. Considering different times and contexts, students explore how artists create meaning using composition, light, viewpoint, contrast, focus and texture.

Workshop F-12
Who Do You Think You Are? Students map out the inner workings of their brain to reveal the things that are important to them. In this fun and thought-provoking workshop, students use their creativity and sense of humour to explore portraiture beyond the surface of appearance.

Bookings via email:

Term 1, 2018 Critical & Creative Thinking Program

2 March – 15 April 2018

Play On: The Art of Sport
Gallery Session F-12
Students observe and respond to the themes, ideas, emotional content, materials and techniques of these diverse contemporary works, and reflect upon the role sport and sporting culture plays in their own lives.
Workshop F-12
Inspired by the playful work of Jon Campbell, students create their own ‘dream team’ expressive artwork using colour, shape, language, lettering and typography.

2 March – 15 April 2018
Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels
Gallery Session F-12
Students build on their awareness of Aboriginal cultural practice through observing the deep connection Greeno has with her local environment, and her intricate knowledge of shells and shell threading. Students reflect on the connections they have with their own local environment.
Workshop F-12
Using materials at hand, students design and create an item of jewelery/ body adornment that celebrates matters important 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:

In December 2017, 60 Grade 5 Rye Primary students worked with contemporary artist Kerrie Poliness at Rye Beach. They explored the art of large-scale drawing, image and mark-making. 

Using rope as a giant compass and by estimating distances around the circumference, students followed Poliness's instructions to create a large geometric image in the sand that was then embellished with strategically placed sand castles and holes. Students enjoyed working collaboratively with an established artist and using maths and number skills in the production of art. The project challenged students with ideas of ownership and definitions of art: Is it their work or Poliness's or the school's or the community's? Is the artwork the set of instructions or the drawing in the sand? Talk to our education coordinator about programs for your students: