Hermansburg Potters: Indigenous Art, Football and Community Education Resource
The Hermannsburg Potters belong to a small community 130 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs. They are famous for their colourful terracotta pots which tell stories about their culture and where they live: their Country, the mission days, bush tucker and, of course, football! During footy season the Hermannsburg community get together to watch AFL on TV […]
Masterpieces from the Hermitage:
The Legacy of Catherine the Great
A “Look and find’ activity to use in the exhibition, a drawing activity to follow the exhibition viewing and a certificate of participation. Online gallery Share your student’s creative art making inspired by Masterpieces from the Hermitage on our NGV Schools online gallery. Supported by
Art projects for primary schools
Inspired by the exhibition Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, 11 May – 8 Sept 2013, this resource presents a series of practical art projects inspired by Monet’s work. Each project can be adapted to suit different year levels and includes contextual information linking the project to Monet’s work, a list of materials and […]
Explore themes using the NGV Collection The NGV Collection Stories explore major Australian themes using works from the collection. This collection of learning activities accompanies the NGV Collection Stories. Each theme has its own set of learning activities with these sections: EXPLORE – Starting points for thinking and research RESPOND – Analysis and interpreting art […]
This education resource accompanies the retrospective exhibition Gordon Bennett (2008) which showcased 85 works by this internationally acclaimed Australian artist. Bennett’s art engages with historical and contemporary questions of cultural and personal identity, with a specific focus on Australia’s colonial past and its postcolonial present. The resource provides frameworks for exploring key issues and ideas […]
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Renoir to Picasso: Masterpieces from Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris (2001) which featured Impressionist and modern masterpieces from the celebrated Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. The resource focuses on the style and techniques of one of the featured artists in the exhibition, Henri […]
Lives and Times
A selection of works on tour from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists Collection
This education resource accompanies the exhibition Lives and Times: a selection of works on tour from Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists Collection (2007–2008) which featured the art of Peter Graham, Tim Johnston, Clinton Nain, Walangkura Napanangka, Bronwyn Oliver and Rosslynd Piggott. The resource contains detailed information about the six artists and questions and learning […]
Art & Life
This education resource, developed by the Art Gallery of NSW, highlights key works, ideas and themes from the exhibition Margaret Preston: art and life (2005–2006) which showcased more than 180 works by this celebrated Australian artist. Preston promoted her unique vision for a new, modern Australian art through a synthesis of European and Asian traditions, […]
This education resource explores works of art inspired by animals to help students understand symbolism, iconography, style, possible religious and mythological narratives, and the diversity of materials and techniques used in the making of works of art. Discussion points and questions help to develop and refine students’ art language and visual analysis skills, and introduce […]
NGV Water Trail
Discover the importance of water through art
This education resource accompanies the NGV Water Trail at NGV International which has been developed for visitors to discover the importance of water through art. The resource explores issues of sustainability and the relationship between water and art through four key themes: the spiritual significance of water; water at work; water and leisure and water […]
#1 Early childhood specialists recommend keeping visits short. When planning your visit, select a time in the day that best suits the child and their energy levels
#2 You could treat the visit to the Gallery like a walk in the park. Explore the different spaces and discover different art works along the way and remember you don’t need to see the whole Gallery in one visit. Let your child take the lead!
#3 Give your child the camera and ask them to take photos of what interests them. After your visit you can review the images together
#4 Look for aspects of the artworks that relate to the child’s everyday lives and talk about them together. For example, comparing a domestic scene to their home?
#5 Look for the children’s art work labels and read them together
#6 Ask open-ended questions about the art, such as “What is happening in this picture?”
#7 Ask questions about your visit afterwards
#8 Provide art materials at home so that your child can draw their experiences
#1 If you are visiting a paid exhibition, minimise the time your family spends in a queue by buying tickets online before your visit
#2 Avoid queuing to purchase food by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Great Hall or NGV Garden
#3 NGV Kids exhibitions can be busy. If your child requires a quieter experience, we recommend visiting during quieter periods from 12pm-1pm or 4pm-5pm Monday-Thursday
#4 There are a variety of quieter spaces at the NGV for a rest during your visit: NGV Garden, Great Hall, Parents room on Ground level, Galleries on upper levels of NGV International and NGV Australia
LET’S DRAW AT THE NGV
Free NGV Kids activity sheets are available to collect from the Information desk on Ground level at NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
Facilities for Families
Both NGV International and NGV Australia are fully pram accessible and you are welcome to take your pram into Gallery spaces. During busy times at the NGV Kids Gallery, we ask you to please leave your pram in the designated pram parking spaces outside of the Gallery space. Please remember to take your valuables with you.
The Great Hall and NGV Garden are great places for children to roam, relax, stretch their legs or lie back and gaze at the stained glass ceiling.
Enjoy babycinos and kids lunch boxes at the Gallery Kitchen and Tea Room or you are welcome to consume food from home in the Great Hall or NGV Garden. Bring a picnic lunch! Please remember food and drink cannot be consumed in NGV Kids exhibitions or in other Gallery spaces, for protection of artworks on display and any large bags, that are not stored underneath prams will need to be cloaked.
Both NGV International and NGV Australia are equipped with baby change facilities on Ground Floor. At NGV International, a dedicated parents room provides a quiet space for families plus private feeding space and a microwave.
Early Years and School Group Visits
The NGV offers a stimulating and wonder-filled environment for young learners. For groups of early years’ students, the Gallery offers interactive education programs that are developed and presented by experienced educators and align with outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
- Cloaking facilities for groups are available at both NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
- Bookings are essential for all group visits, including self-guided visits.
- Please note that there may be limited access to the NGV Kids exhibitions for groups during periods of peak visitation.
- Children under 5 years are free and do not require a ticket
- Children and young people aged 5 to 15 years are eligible for a Child ticket, see exhibition page for prices
- Students aged 15 years and over are eligible for a Concession ticket. Remember to bring a valid school ID card.
Parking is available in the Victorian Arts Centre car park located beneath NGV International. Enter from Sturt Street, Southbank, accessed from St Kilda Road/Southbank Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue/City Road.
Families experience the best of the Gallery with NGV Membership
- A free NGV Kids publication when you join
- Exclusive programs for children and families
- 10% discount at NGV design store, cafes and Garden Restaurant
- Plus all the benefits of NGV Membership for your family or household.
- Suitable for two adults and three children under the age of 18.