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.
- Australian colonial to modernism and contemporary.
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.

Creating and Making
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 Frameworks
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

Art Exam Preparation
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 Industry Contexts
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 Activity

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 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.

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.

Teachers' comments:

  • 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 up"
  • "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 interesting"
  • "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.

Teachers' comments:

  • "A fantastic concept and a really worthwhile and fun learning experience"
  • "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"

Student comments:

  • "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 you"

Programs with Gallery Education Officers are available: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 12pm
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 4pm
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 Pauline Doran
Telephone: 03 5320 5782 OR 5320 5858
Email: and

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).