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:

20 July – 9 Sept 2018
National Works on Paper 2018
Arts Industry Contexts VCE Student Seminar Monday 20 August, 10am-12pm

Hear gallery staff explain their roles: curator, exhibition design, conservation and marketing. Tour behind the scenes to gain insights into the considerations involved in presenting and collecting artwork at a vibrant Regional Gallery. $5/student Limited numbers.

Gallery Session F-12: Contemporary Creativity

National Works on Paper 2018 is an exciting snap-shot of Australian contemporary artists. This gallery discussion session will engage students at all levels to Look, Think and Wonder about: What contemporary Australian artists are interested in today. What clues can be found to unlock the artists’ meanings and messages. How artists use the art elements, materials and techniques to express themselves. What personal, cultural and other influences can be seen in the artists’ work. The language to use and how to express their own thoughts and opinions about the artists’ themes and ideas.

Workshop F-12: Look Think Draw!

Inspired by the diverse and vibrant works in National Works on Paper 2018, students respond to the imagery and mark-making of selected works as they sketch, explore and extend their own drawing style.

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: