YoungArts Education - Ongoing Programs
The following programs relate to our permanent collection
including the Eureka Rebellion. To become a Member School or
to book your students into a YoungArts or Eureka Education programs
contact Gallery reception by phone 03 5320 5858 or email
An extraordinary visual journey
Programs related to the permanent
collection include introductory and special themed tours,
studio-based art making activities and student exhibitions.
Talk about Art
For students from Pre School, Early Years, VELS, VCE and VCAL
Explore and discuss themes in art and materials and techniques used
by artists. Choose from:
Discovery Tour - highlights of the collection and a
short history of the Gallery.
Portrait and genre painting - portraits and
scenes of everyday life.
Narratives in Art - from grand scale history
paintings to modern art.
Landscape - Australian colonial to modernism and
Frames, Furniture, Fashion - gold frames, wooden
furniture, decorative arts and garments.
Sculpture and Ceramics - artworks in stone,
bronze, clay, wood and mixed media.
Indigenous Art - its materials, cultural and
spiritual connection to the land.
Environmental sustainability - discover what art
can teach you about the environment.
For students from Pre School, Early Years and VELS
Art practical workshops using a range of materials and techniques
are available with education staff or - by arrangement - with local
artists. These relate toTalk about Arttours or exhibitions and can
also be tailored to suit your students' needs and current unit of
inquiry. Please contact our Education staff to discuss this and
remember to check out the gallery website for more information
about our current and future exhibition program.
Getting to know the Analytic
Available during Term 3
Help your VCE Year 12 Art students to gain greater understanding of
the Analytic Frameworks by using artworks in the Gallery's
contemporary collection. Two hours
Available during Term 4
Help students prepare for the end of year Art exam, which responds
to an unseen artwork. These sessions offer exam tips and analysis
workshops where student will focus on four artworks relating to
each of the Analytic Frameworks. Two hours
What Makes a Gallery Work? Art
Recommended for VCE Studio Art students and focuses on the
requirements of Unit 4: Outcome 3
Available during Term 3
Find out about the role of a public gallery. Through touring
different spaces, students learn about curating, presenting and
promoting exhibitions and the conservation and preservation of
artworks. As an extension of this program groups can also visit the
Post Office Gallery, Backspace or Red Brick Gallery to compare a
public gallery with other art spaces.
Discuss and Analyse
Tours relating to VCE Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology and
VCAL study designs are also available and can include more in-depth
analysis of artworks.
Discover the drama of Eureka
Eureka Guided Tour and Hall of Debate Role Play
Upon arrival at the Art Gallery students are taken on a guided
tour to view and discuss original Goldfields and Eureka artworks.
Each student is allocated the role of an individual associated with
the Eureka story and is required to undertake research tasks and
participate in discussion led by an experienced Education
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.
The tour and role play activity are suited to the learning
requirements of students from Year 3 to VCE level and are
formulated to complement the teaching and learning requirements of
VELS and the National History Curriculum.
- We felt that participation in the Hall of Debate activity
enabled students to obtain more a 'feel' for the times. Some
students also mentioned that it -gave them the courage to speak
- "Exceeded our expectations - students completely engaged -
links between court case and gallery tour really clear and
explicit. Well done"
- "It (the role play) gave the students a greater understanding
of the issues involved especially from the perspective of different
people. It complimented our visit to Sovereign Hill and Blood
on the Southern Cross"
- "The children certainly benefited from your program as the
expertise of your leaders is not something that can be provided by
regular classroom teachers. The role play activity is
excellent. Viewing artwork from the Gold Rush is also
- "We were once again incredibly impressed with your tour and
role play. The kids really enjoyed it and it always gives
them a wonderful insight into the Eureka Rebellion"
- "The benefits of reenacting parts of the Eureka story are the
empathy and taste of life in the 1850's that results. Our
students are young (year 4) and the visit provides insight into the
lives of the miners and the hardships they faced"
- "Without fail your activities each year have been a major
highlight of all our excursions to Ballarat. The enthusiasm
of your staff and asking the students to have empathy for people in
history is both educational and inspiring"
Eureka Soundscape Activity
This innovative and vibrant workshop and performance session
facilitated by an Education Officer enables students of all year
levels to interpret and respond to the Eureka story using music,
voice, improvised sound and movement.
Upon arrival at the Art Gallery, students are taken on a guided
tour to view original Goldfields artworks and to gain a deeper
understanding of life on the Goldfields and the issues, events and
outcomes associated with the Eureka Rebellion of 1854 before
commencing the workshop.
- "A fantastic concept and a really worthwhile and fun learning
- "Your program proved such a fabulous and fun way of learning
about our colonial history through a very unique and creative
means. To imagine the sounds of ships creaking, howling
winds, men shouting, guns firing, women screaming and the sound of
fire bring about a much deeper sense with what it must have been
like living during this time. It took my students as
musicians to another level with their music, taking them well
beyond notes on a page to a sense of what is truly at the very
heart of all music, which is emotion and the ability to take the
audience on a journey. It was an incredibly worthwhile
experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any other
music teachers out there"
- "I absolutely loved the excursion and the 'soundscape' was
quite cool. I loved the instruments (some I hadn't heard of
before) and I really wish I could go again"
- "We loved the program and learnt about the Eureka
Rebellion. I will always remember it"
- "I really enjoyed the Eureka Soundscape. I loved playing
the recorder and I hope to do more things like that. Thank
Programs with Gallery Education Officers are
available: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to
Cost: One hour tours and workshops FREE for member schools
and $3 non members. Where a charge applies for workshops and
special programs it is extra to these fees.
Self Guided Gallery Tours are
available: Monday to Friday, 9am to
Cost: Free. Bookings essential. Adult
supervision of school groups is required at all times as the Art
Gallery of Ballarat is a public space. Self guided trails are also
available upon request.
Eureka Education Programs are available Monday
to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Cost: $5+GST per student. No charge for teachers
Gallery Education staff: Michael Nichols and
Telephone: 03 5320 5782 OR 5320 5858
The Art Gallery of Ballarat's Education Program is funded
through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
(DEECD) and the Catholic Education Office (CEO).