Kindergarten & Primary Education

Supporting the Victorian Curriculum F-10, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, our sessions for pre-school, kindergartens and primary schools encourage children to look and learn through visual thinking strategies and offer the opportunity to explore objects, artworks, themes and ideas through hands-on and interactive investigations and activities.

 

Sessions for Kinder - Grade 2

The Magic of Trees

Explore the wonderful world of trees in the exhibition Canopy featuring work from the galleries permanent collection. In this program children learn about what a tree is and why they are so important to our world. Children will listen to stories and rhymes and create a nature based artwork to take home.                                                                                                                                                               Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: until 29 May

Annette Iggulden: from here to …elsewhere

Based in the Family Learning Centre this program encourages children to learn through play and interactive engagement. Children will explore colour and light, language and symbols. Drawing on the work of Annette Iggulden, the exhibition from here to…elsewhere sees the Family Learning Centre transformed into a dark and quiet space with illuminated language, colours and silhouettes. It’s a world of discovery and exploration, hidden words and creativity. A fun creative session compliments this program.                                                                                                                                              Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: 7 March – 6 November  

Aboriginal Life and Art                                                                                                 

Join a local Peek Whurrong artist for this session about indigenous culture. An informative and enriching program where students will learn about local culture, language and hear stories of Country and Dreaming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: All year subject to availability

I am an artist 

Creativity is an essential ingredient in children’s development. As Picasso famously stated “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.  In this session children investigate the role of artists and Art Galleries. Children will be guided to discuss the stories, emotions and thoughts behind artworks and how they have been made. A hands on session involving creative experimentation and learning is included in this program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Duration: 1 hour       Cost: free       Availability: all year

Colour, Pattern and Play   

In this session children explore how colour and pattern are important elements in creativity. Children will be guided to identify how artists use colour and the shapes present in artworks on display. They will learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colours and explore how colours create feelings and the shapes and patterns that are found in the world around them. Children are engaged in a hands on exercise exploring colour and pattern and will create a colourful artwork to take home.                                                                                                                                                                                  Duration: 1 hour          Cost: free       Availability: all year.

The Story of Art   

This program focuses on how artworks have been used throughout time to share stories. Children will learn about the ways different cultures have shared stories through the Arts over time and the different approaches and mediums used. They will investigate how contemporary artists create a narrative and will experiment with a hands on session to create a visual story.                                              Duration: 1 hour      Cost: Free     Availability: all year.

 

Sessions for Year 3- 6

Aboriginal Life and Art                                                                                                                    

Join a local Peek Whurrong artist for this session about indigenous culture. An informative and enriching program where students will learn about local culture, language and hear stories of Country and Dreaming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: All year subject to availability 

Annette Iggulden: from here to …elsewhere                                                                                                     

Based in the Family Learning Centre this program encourages children to learn through play and interactive engagement. Children will explore colour and light, language and symbols and the historical world of the illuminated manuscripts. Drawing on the work of Annette Iggulden, the exhibition from here to…elsewhere sees the Family Learning Centre transformed into a dark and quiet space with illuminated language, refracted colours and silhouettes. It’s a world of discovery and exploration, hidden words and creativity. A fun creative session based on calligrams compliments this program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: 28 February – 6 November  

The Elements of Art                                                                                                

This session introduces pupils to the elements of art. Just like letters can be made into words to form a story, poetry and understanding, the elements of art can be used to build understanding through an artwork. Pupils use the exhibitions at WAG to focus on the different elements and pick them out within the artworks.  Students are engaged in a hands on session exploring the elements of line, colour and texture to create an artwork.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Duration 1 hour        Cost: Free     Availability: all year

The Story of Art                                                                                                                         

This program focuses on how artworks have been used throughout time to share stories. They will learn about the ways different cultures have shared stories through the Arts over time and the different approaches and mediums used. They will investigate how contemporary artists create a narrative and will experiment with a hands on session to create a visual story.                                                            Duration: 1 hour       Cost: Free     Availability: all year.

Fletcher Jones: his life and legacy                                                                         

Explore the story of one of Warrnambool’s most successful creative entrepreneurs, Sir Fletcher Jones. Students will learn about the development of Fletcher Jones’ textile business, from early days as a hawker to becoming a national icon. His unique business style, emphasis on quality, value, service and scientific innovation will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to handle and learn about objects from the Fletcher Jones factory in WAG’s collection and will be introduced to basic textile techniques                                                                                                                                          Duration: 1.5 hours            Cost: Free     Availability: all year

 

The Art of Science: Full STEAM ahead

Art meets Science in this unique range of programs responding to works in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Warrnambool Art Gallery is committed to engaging the community and raising awareness of ecological issues and the changing climate. Exploring the world through artworks and museum objects, students are engaged in critical thinking and empowered with real world solutions. They are inspired to explore and learn about the natural world, how artists share stories of ecology and discover positive and innovative stories to empower.

Canopy                                                                                                                  

Combining Art and Science, this session explores the role of trees and their significance in our natural world.  Responding to the exhibition Canopy from WAG’s permanent collection, students will explore what trees are, what they provide and what they need. A creative session compliments this program.                                                                                                                                                                    Duration: 1.5 hours              Cost: Free     Availability: until 29 May.

Lost Fauna                                                                                                                   

Once found widely across the region wombats are now mostly extinct in South West Victoria. In this program students will have the opportunity to study a wombat skull from the permanent collection, learn about the life of these charismatic creatures, events that lead to their extinction and the work of scientists who focus on protecting threatened species. Students will create a unique model of a native species endemic to the south west.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Duration: 1.5 hours             Cost: Free     Availability: All year

Adrift                                                                                                                              

Learn about the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on our southwest shores in this unique exploration of our oceans ecology. From organic objects such as a shark vertebrae from WAG’s permanent collection, seaweed and its role in climate change to the destructive impact of plastic nurdles and debris on wildlife and ecology, students will be engaged to investigate the health of our oceans and learn about some of the big ideas and solutions being forged to protect our blue planet. Students will be inspired to create affirmative artworks and create positive messages for sustainability and protection.      Duration: 1:5 hours            Cost: Free            Availability: All year

 

Outreach Program

Soggy Homes: The Wonder of Wetlands                                                                 

The Gallery comes to you in this unique program. Exploring the significance of wetlands and the threatened species found in them, this outreach program involves the loan of soft sculptures of threatened species from the Soggy Homes exhibition to your kinder/ school. A giant White Footed Dunnart, Little Galaxias, Burrowing Crayfish or Ancient Greenling are able to come and live at your school/kinder for a specified timeframe. Children are invited to play and engage with the artworks with complimentary learning resources provided.        Duration: 2-4 weeks            Cost: Free     Availability: all year, subject to booking

 

For bookings or enqueries please contact: 

Megan Nicolson, Education Officer
(03) 5559 4949
mnicolson [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au