Foundation to Year 10

The VELS curriculum is integral to all the AGB's school programs from Prep through to Year 10. Emphasising the exploring, responding, creating and making dimensions of the Arts domain, we also link to English, including English as a Second Language (ESL), Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and Humanities - History and Geography. The program also responds to the VELS Physical, Personal and Social Learning strand - Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship - as well as the Interdisciplinary Learning strand - Communication and Thinking domains.

Exploring Art

1. Highlights of the Collection

An introduction to the Gallery's Permanent Collection through a tour of its main gallery spaces -  including a brief history of the Gallery.

2. Indigenous Australian Art And Culture

Focus on indigenous artworks including bark paintings from Arnhem Land and paintings on canvas from the Central Desert.

3. The Eureka Uprising

View original works to discover more about the Eureka rebellion of 1854 and life on the goldfields in Ballarat in the 1850s and beyond. Hands-on workshop also available.

     Eureka Guided Tour and Hall of Debate Role Play Activity

Each student is allocated the role of an individual associated with the Eureka story and participate in discussion led by an experienced Education Officer.

Using empathy the students participate in a role play enquiry activity in a mock court room situation where each student answers a series of questions asked by the 'judge'. These questions are designed to reveal aspects of life on the Goldfields and the issues, actions and outcomes associated with the Eureka Rebellion of 1854.

4. Environment and sustainability

Explore the contrasts of harshness and beauty of the environment as represented in the Gallery's collection.

5. Thematic Tours

Gallery staff in collaboration with teachers can tailor tours to further explore and create more opportunities to respond to what is currently studied at school.

Creating and Making Art

1. Workshops linked to tours

Hands on activities are available in the education studio relating to all of the six Exploring Art tours and can be negotiated with education officers prior to each visit. These include drawing, painting, 3D construction, collage.

Option: Drama and dance can also be set up in the gallery. These can support the theme or inquiry students and teachers are pursuing.

2. Young Artists workshops

Throughout the year special programs are available for students during the school term to work with the Education Officers and practising artists in the AGB studio using a range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

3. After School Program

A changing program of art making activities - including drawing, printmaking and 3 dimensional art - is available during the school term. Students work with local practicing artists in the ABG education studio.

4. Holiday programs

Programs are available in term holidays and include a range of 2 and 3 dimensional art making activities.

For current program see After School Programs section of the Gallery's website.

Displaying Art

The Window on Lydiard Street and the William Buckland Art Education Centre (The Education Studio)

The AGB's Lydiard Street is available for artists and community groups to exhibit work. This includes local students (F - 10) in the Ballarat region who can apply to exhibit work produced either in an art workshop held at AGB or back at school inspired by an aspect of the Gallery's collection.

For more information please contact the AGB Education Officers on 5320 5782.