Secondary Schools

In early 2018 The World Economic Forum released a paper called The Future of Jobs, revealing a projection that Creativity will be the 3rd most important capacity in the workforce by 2020.

We understand how vital experimentation, curiosity and critical thinking are to creative practice. Our Secondary Schools program meets curriculum outcomes while also providing opportunities for open-ended imaginative processes. Our Guided Tours and Workshops support students to develop emotional agility, embodied sensitivity, global awareness and contemporary literacies through both making and responding to works of art.

See below for Guided Tours and Studio Workshops available for Secondary School students.

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Secondary Guided Tours: Responding

Join our Gallery Guides for a journey through Historical, Modern, Contemporary, WA Unlimited (Western Australian artists), 6 Seasons (Aboriginal), 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.

Ways of Wondering
An inquiry based interactive tour which encourages critical thinking, emotional literacy and personal response. Students identify basic elements and principles while expressing personal perspectives in response to works of art in the AGWA State Collection and Exhibitions. Choose a pathway through Historical, Modern, Contemporary, WA Unlimited (Western Australian artists) or 6 Seasons (Indigenous)


Using a range of examples from the Historical, Indigenous and Contemporary State Art Collections, students will discover that art can be a vehicle for the expression of identity.


Experiences from contemporary society provide artists with ideas and concepts which they communicate through visual expression. Using a range of examples from the Historical, Indigenous and Contemporary State Art Collections, discover how the visual arts have reflected and shaped society in different times and places.


From then to Now – The Story of Art
Join our Voluntary Gallery Guides on a unique journey through the State Art Collection to uncover the chronological development of art, from the earliest Australian colonial works to the most contemporary works from all over the world.

Contemporary Art
Using a range of examples from the State Art Collection, students will be challenged and inspired by the ideas, issues and media used by contemporary artists and will discover what defines the art of now.


Reading Art – An exploration of Narrative
In this tour, students will be encouraged to read and interpret art works as unfolding narratives, paying special attention to the way visual devices, symbolism and technical features can assist in developing stories.


Historical and Contemporary Aboriginal Art
Investigate the diversity of Indigenous Art and Culture through our outstanding collection of paintings, works on paper, craft and sculpture. This tour takes an intimate look at the work being produced by Indigenous artists today and examines the many styles and themes that form this diverse and inspiring expression of contemporary Australian culture.

Secondary Visual Analysis -  Responding

If you are visiting the Gallery with Secondary students make sure to ask the front desk for Drawing breath journals free for every student as long as they last!

Visual Analysis 15 participants max.
This interactive workshop for secondary visual arts students focuses on visual literacy and interpretation using visual analysis frameworks. Join an Artist Educator for an in-depth exploration of works of art from the State Art Collection and special exhibitions.

Visual Analysis - Drawing Breath
Drawing Breath is a new creative learning approach at AGWA, harnessing MINDFULNESS to enhance creating, looking at, and responding to works of art.

Visual Analysis workshops are an important part of the programming we deliver to High School students at AGWA, supporting the development of skills in reflecting, analysing, interpreting and evaluating works of art. Of equal importance though, is the opportunity the workshops provide for students and teachers to pause and truly experience a work of art, taking the time to notice how looking at art can connect us to a richer sense of self, and to the wider world around us. The quieter and more still we become, the more we are able to hear, feel and truly see a work of art.


Secondary Workshops - Making

Drawing Breath
A contemplative drawing workshop utilising meditative techniques and mindfulness practices to generate a sense of calm, and access subconscious ideas. This workshop helps students develop a deeper sense of attention, focus and presence by stimulating all the senses and learning breathing practices.

Unlocking Imagination
A playful exploration of creativity and imagination through music, movement and visual art. Unlocking Imagination is a studio workshop where students are encouraged to experiment and take risks by emphasising process and experience, over product. These artist led workshops provide opportunities for students to learn 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 students an opportunity to make creative choices and learn to trust their unique way of responding to art, each other, and the world.

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.  

Ways of Seeing
An investigation of a particular artist’s perspective, themes and techniques followed by the creation of a work of art in response to their unique way of seeing.

Sense of Self
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.


Professional Development *groups of 10 or more.

Arts Ignition Laboratory
A full day experiential workshop to investigate ways of bringing creativity and arts practice into classrooms to meet curriculum outcomes in imaginative ways. Teachers can bring in current themes and areas of study to workshop and develop new ways of engaging students through the arts. Schools can also bring in a more global shared concern or interest to explore ways of problem-solving or designing new pathways towards desired outcomes.

Unlocking Imagination
Unlocking Imagination is a Professional Development workshop in which teachers are supported to engage with creative strategies that emphasise process and experience, over product. This artist led workshop provides a unique opportunity for teachers to experiment with ways of nourishing 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 educators a versatile toolkit for bringing creativity into their classrooms.

Drawing Breath
A meditative drawing workshop that utilises MINDFULNESS as a way for teachers to relax, connect and replenish. Mindfulness is a valuable tool for educators interested in deeply investigating their pedagogies and creating genuine calm in their learning environments. Teachers will take away a Tool Kit of creative practices to support their own wellbeing as well as strategies for creating positive and open-ended learning environments.


Pulse Perspectives 

Pulse Perspectives is an annual exhibition, judged by an expert panel, showcasing the work of Year 12 students who graduated the previous year.

More About Pulse Perspectives