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NGV Schools Program 2019

At the NGV, students participate in open-ended learning experiences where their ideas are encouraged and valued. Our inquiry-based approach provokes curiosity, inspires the imagination, and opens doors to new ways of thinking about the world.
Programs are facilitated by experienced educators, are tailored to specific year levels and aligned with key curriculum frameworks and subject areas.

Self Guided Visits

Go your own way.

Book your self-guided visit to the NGV Collection or exhibitions to receive current information about visiting the Gallery with school groups. Entry to the NGV and many exhibitions is free. For ticketed exhibitions, one teacher is admitted free of charge for every fifteen students.

Bookings are required for all school groups.

NGV International Self-Guided Visit
All levels

Introduce your students to the NGV Collection and exhibitions at NGV International, St Kilda Road. Featuring works of art spanning thousands of years, from the art of ancient civilisations through to the latest in contemporary art, the displays at NGV International will offer students an inspiring experience of world art.

Cost Free

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NGV Australia Self-Guided Visit
All Levels

Introduce your students to the NGV Collection and exhibitions at NGV Australia, Federation Square, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.

Cost Free

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Art Discovery

Start with art. Discover new ways of looking, thinking and responding creatively to art.

Welcome to the Gallery
All levels

The NGV is yours to discover. This art adventure is ideal for a first time visit to the NGV. Students explore the Gallery and interpret and discuss works of art and design across place and time through major works in the NGV Collection. No prior knowledge necessary.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Artful Thinking
All levels

Think adventurously through art and design. Discover ways to explore and respond to works from different times and cultures. Educators lead interactive sessions in gallery spaces that draw upon a range of thinking strategies and tools including Artful Thinking routines developed by Project Zero and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Young at Art
Levels K-2

Inspire wonder through art and play. Immerse young learners in the magical world of art through playful, interactive and sensory activities focusing on stories, emotions and ideas.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Artful English
Levels 5-10

Nurture a love of writing. Develop rich descriptive vocabulary and experiment with language and imaginative concepts for creative writing using art and design from different times and cultures as inspiration. Students create a booklet of responses that can be used in the classroom to produce extended pieces of writing.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Reading and Comparing
Level 9-11

Explore, compare and discuss art as visual text. Using works that convey similar ideas, issues and themes, students reflect on the world and human experiences. Program includes supporting materials that can be used in the English classroom to produce comparative text studies. Ideal preparation for VCE English.
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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The Art of Play
Levels 9-10

Explore the Gallery, find inspiration, get creative and have fun. This engaging program of short activities challenges students to work together to draw, describe, perform, create and curate. An ideal learning experience for students participating in a Melbourne city experience.
2 hours

Cost $16 per student

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Write about art
Levels 7-12

Creative ways to understand and describe art. Inspire students to analyse, interpret and write about art with confidence. Following an introduction to strategies for writing about art, students participate in a practical session in the Gallery to generate rich, descriptive writing inspired by works on display.
2 hours

Cost $16 per student

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The World Through Art

Expand perspectives. Explore beliefs and cultural traditions. Make connections across places and times.

A Walk Through History
Levels 5-10, VCE

What can art and design tell us about our past, present and possible futures? Investigate works on display that offer evidence of past and present societies and challenge our understanding of the world. On request, this program can include a specific focus on Ancient Worlds (China, Egypt, Greece and Rome).
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Medieval to Renaissance
Level 7-10

Explore the art of Medieval Europe and the Italian Renaissance that reflect social and cultural continuity and change, including artistic innovation.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Cultures and Religions of the World
All Levels

Bring religious, cultural or language studies alive at the NGV. Discover how art reflects cultural and religious traditions and beliefs of different places and time.

LOTE groups: On request, a Language Support Educator in Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, French or Spanish can focus on a specific work in the NGV Collection to engage students in simple language activities appropriate to the level of the group. This component of the one hour program is 20 minutes duration.

1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Belonging and Community
All Levels

What does it mean to belong to a religious tradition? Explore art works that reflect religious beliefs, symbols and rituals to learn about religious traditions and cultures.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Inspiring Lives
Level 5-10

Stories of courage, faith and leadership.
What are the qualities of a great leader? Explore and discuss images and stories of inspiring individuals from different cultures, contexts and times who have shown courage, leadership and faith at critical times.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Australia Speaks

Who are we? Explore ideas, places and moments that have shaped our history and identity

Art and Cultures of the First Australians
All Levels

Through learning about the culture and creativity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, gain an understanding of the importance of connection to Country. Discuss the work of artists who engage with and challenge our views of Australian history and identity.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Australian identity and culture
Levels 5-10, VCE

What does it mean to be Australian? Explore different perspectives on Australian identity and culture through art and design by creative Australians from the past to today. How have people from different times and backgrounds seen Australia? What can we learn about contemporary Australia through art and design?
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Colony to Nation
Levels 3-10, VCE

Australia’s history, from first contact and colonisation through to Federation, is explored through lively discussion of stories and events from the past and multiple perspectives on Australian history today.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Design Creatives

How has design shaped our world? How can designers contribute to our future?

All about design
Levels 3-12

What is design? What do designers do? Discuss works from the NGV Collection to explore how designers solve problems, present possibilities, tell stories, reflect their time and imagine the future. Discover design as a process and a way of thinking that helps to shape the world we live in.
1 hour
Cost $8 per student

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Design History and Styles
Levels 10-12

Baroque or Bauhaus, Modernism or Memphis: How and why has design changed over time? From classical to contemporary, discover the characteristics of key design periods, movements and styles through an engaging look at works in the NGV Collection. Learn about the social, cultural and technological influences that have shaped design in different times and places and build descriptive language and tools for talking about design.
1 hour

Cost $8 per student

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Design Challenge
Levels 3-10

This lively, hands-on design workshop challenges student teams to respond creatively to a design brief related to current design exhibitions or displays. Program includes a one hour guided visit to engage with design on display at the NGV.
2 hours

Cost $18 per student

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Architect for a Day
Levels 10-12

Think like an architect. Explore the role of architecture and its impact on our world in an illustrated lecture introducing the work of some of the major architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and by viewing contemporary design and architecture in the NGV Collection. Be inspired by an illustrated talk presented by a practising architect and take part in a collaborative practical studio which investigates the initial stages of creating a building, from sources of inspiration to preliminary drawings and building a concept model.
3.5 hours (allow time for lunch break)

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Digital Creatives

Get creative with digital tools to explore art and make something new

App artist/Pixel Painter
Levels 2-12

Art and digital tools come together as students explore works in the NGV Collection and use a variety of drawing, painting and photography apps to make their own works inspired by what they see and discuss.
2 hours

Cost $ 16 per student

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Creators & Makers

Bring out the artist or designer in every student

Explore and Draw
Levels 3-12

Draw attention to art! Explore new ways of seeing and making art by sketching in the gallery. Students participate in drawing activities to build on their observational and technical skills, as they get to know the stories and ideas behind art and design in the NGV Collection.
2 hours

Cost $16 per student

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Express Yourself
All Levels

View Art. Talk Art. Make Art. Find out more about how artists think, make and create by exploring a range of works by artists from different places and times. Explore how artists use materials, techniques, processes, art elements and principles to convey a message or idea. Following the gallery session, students create a figurative work expressing their own ideas and personalities.
2 hours

Cost $ 18 per student

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VCE & IB

Dive deep into the Senior Curriculum

Ideas and Inspiration
Levels 10-12

Where do artists and designers get their ideas? How does an idea become a finished work? Explore the diverse ideas and materials that have inspired creative practitioners across time and place, while gathering inspiration of your own. Discuss how materials and techniques connect to ideas, culture, meanings and messages.
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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VCE Studio Arts: Art Industry Contexts
VCE

Behind-the-scenes at the NGV. View and discuss a NGV exhibition with a focus on developing key knowledge and skills required for Unit 4, Area of Study 3 – Art Industry Contexts. Find out what curators, conservators, designers and marketers do to prepare and present an exhibition in Australia’s oldest and most visited public gallery.
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student (plus entry fee for ticketed exhibitions)

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VCE Art: Analytical Frameworks
VCE

Embrace Analytical Frameworks – Structural, Personal, Cultural and Contemporary – to discuss, analyse and interpret art works.
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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VCE Literature
Level 10, VCE

Uncover new ways to explore literary perspectives. Analysing literary criticism or reading a text can be challenging. Through visual analysis of works on display, students are supported to gain the skills necessary to advance their understanding of critical theory from a range of historical, cultural and contemporary contexts.
2 hours

Cost $16 per student

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VCE Psychology
VCE

Learn, explore and articulate principles of visual perception. Use original works of art to identify and describe gestalt principles, pictorial depth cues, constancies and optical illusion. Find out how artists explore visual perception and how visual perception informs our experience and understanding of art.
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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VCE Outdoor Education
VCE

Explore the outdoors, indoors. Investigate how art and design reflects human relationships with the Australian environment and compare Indigenous and non-Indigenous views of the landscape. What do representations of the land reveal about different understandings of the landscape throughout history?
1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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VCE Philosophy
Level 10, VCE

Enliven debate and discussion about problems in value theory focusing on themes and questions from the study design, including

  • On aesthetic value: What is art? What is beauty? What is the purpose and value of art? To what extent is a society justified in censoring art?
  • On the interpretation of works of art: What is the relationship between art and philosophy? What is the relationship between the meaning of a work and the intentions of its artist?
    1 hour

Cost $ 8 per student

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IB Theory of Knowledge
Year 10, IB

How do you know? What is the nature of knowledge in the visual arts? Explore a range of works of art to reflect on the significance of shared and personal knowledge to both the artist and viewer, when making knowledge claims about visual art. Consider how the senses, imagination, reason, emotion, language, intuition, memory and faith inform the way artists create art, and the way viewers respond to and interpret art.
2 hours

Cost $16 per student

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Virtual Excursions

Connect with us from your classroom.

NGV Moments
All levels

Tue and Thu 9.30-10am
This free program takes students behind closed doors at the NGV International – from their own classroom. Join an NGV Educator to explore selected works from the NGV Collection or exhibitions before the NGV opens to the public.

Cost Free

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NGV Connected Classroom
All levels

Participate in NGV Learning programs from your own classroom. Select your focus from our onsite program menu. This educator-led interactive program will actively engage students in discussing art and ideas related to focus topic.
45 mins

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Enquiries

03 8620 2340, 9am–5pm weekdays
edu.bookings@ngv.vic.gov.au
@ngveducation

Plan your visit

To prepare for your booking, please note the following:

  • Bookings are essential for all school and student groups
  • Bookings must be made at least 4 weeks in advance of visit
  • All programs are presented by experienced educators
  • Chinese translation available on request (at additional cost, confirmed at time of booking)
  • A teacher or adult accompanying your group is also welcome to translate during the visit

For more information please see our plan your visit page.

Terms and conditions

Please note the following terms and conditions prior to booking:

  • All bookings are confirmed at time of booking. Tentative bookings are not accepted
  • Invoices will be issued by NGV prior to visit. Payment must be paid at least one week prior to the visit
  • Requests to amend confirmed booking details (such as change to participant numbers), must be made by email at least 14 days prior to visit.
  • Full program fees will be incurred for late cancellations or amendments.
  • No refund for variance in student number during visit
  • Students must be supervised at all times by a teacher or adult

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