Primary Schools

We understand the importance of experimentation, curiosity and unbridled play as central to creative practice, and design spaces where children can become comfortable with open-ended imaginative processes. Our Guided Tours and Studio Workshops provide interactive opportunities for participants to develop emotional agility, embodied sensitivity and critical thinking in both making and responding to works of art.

Making art makes me feel like I’m a submarine inside a spaceship.
It’s like breathing and diving at the same time.
And I can’t believe I learned to use a drill!

Ella, age 9

Well, it’s different to school because I feel like artists let me know my own things, and they also know their own things, but they make you feel like their things aren’t more important than your things. Also, you can make a mess. It is tiring trying to stay clean all the time.
Benjamin, age 7

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Primary Guided Tours: Responding

Join our Gallery Guides for a journey through the State Art Collection, or see our current exhibition schedule. Explore Guided Tour themes below, and add a studio workshop to enhance the experience by giving students an opportunity to create their own works of art.

Eye Spy for K-2; Every Picture tells a Story for 3-6
How do artists tell stories using visual language? Examine images to discover the stories and imagine what has happened before and after. The tour may include realistic and abstract works, two and three-dimensional works as well as works from our Indigenous collection.

Looking and Thinking: K-6
Experience works of art through a process of questioning and close observation, stimulating curiosity and inquiry. Learn to identify the basic elements of line, colour, texture and shape and how artists use them to evoke emotions and ideas. Students will explore their feelings, memories and experiences in response to the art works.

Uniquely Australian: K-6
Look at works in the collection that tell stories of the evolution of Australian Cultural identity. What does it mean to be Australian now and how has that changed over time? What do artists say about this and do we agree? Includes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous art.

Shared Stories: Indigenous Works from the Collection: K-6
Explore the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from around Australia. Explore different styles of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art, connections to Country, and materials used to build an increased understanding of the connection between art, culture, imagery and stories.

Historical Perspectives: K-6
Art documents the many varying stories of our history. This tour traces works and ideas from the 17th Century, examines European Settlement, Federation and the perspective of the First Australians.

Identity: 3-6
This tour looks at art from the AGWA Collection which explores ideas of identity including gender and ethnicity, art by women about women, and LGBTQI ideas of identity. Includes Portraiture and explores how artists portray a person, capture a likeness and show the inner self. Looks realistic, abstract and symbolic portrayals through painting, sculpture and photography.

Landscape: K-6
Look at works of art in the AGWA Collection with Landscape as a theme. Examine a wide variety of styles and media through historical, modern, contemporary and Indigenous works.

The Art of Recycling: K-6
This tour looks at art that speaks about our environment and issues involved. In addition, this tour could include artists who reuse materials, ideas and techniques that they have adopted and the questions they are asking.

It’s Not Flat and That’s That: K-6
Explore 3D work and sculpting space. Look at works that explore the illusion of three dimensions and the creation of perspective. Students are encouraged to look at different materials chosen by artists, their reason for doing so and to propose their own ideas in response. May also include 2D works.

Primary Studio Workshops - Making

Unlocking Imagination
A playful exploration of creativity and imagination through music, movement and visual art. Unlocking Imagination is a studio workshop where children are encouraged to play and experiment by emphasising process and experience, over product. These artist-led workshops provide opportunities for students to learn the capacities required for authentic creativity as opposed to creating step by step artworks with known outcomes. Skills like deep listening, trust, risk-taking, empathy, connection and collaboration are at play in these sessions. The workshops are made up of responsive experiments, activities and art games that give children an opportunity to make creative choices and learn to trust their unique way of responding to art, each other, and the world.

Drawing Breath
Drawing games and art experiments harnessing MINDFULNESS as a way of making and responding to works of art. These workshops are multidisciplinary and interactive utilising music, movement and relaxation as an entry point to making personal and reflective works of art. Best for groups of not more than 15.

Experimental Drawing
A wildly experimental workshop where students explore unusual and unexpected ways of drawing. Opportunities to play with new materials, design mark making implements and perform collaborative live works of drawing.  

Me, Myself and I
An exploration of self-portraiture emphasising experimentation and unusual ways of expressing identity and character. Students will explore the ways that personality and narrative can be communicated through realistic, abstract or symbolic portraits using a diverse range of techniques and styles.

On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details