Reading Paintings

About the Session 

Why, how and what do artists paint? Looking closely at just a few paintings, we explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Duration: 2 hours

Portraits

About the Session 

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

Duration: 2 hours

The Impressionists

About the Session 

Get close to original paintings by artists such as Monet, Degas and Seurat and examine why they look the way that they did by thinking about colour, technique and subject matter.

Duration: 2 hours

What is Colour?

About the Session 

This session will motivate students to think deeply about the science of the everyday – specifically why and how we see colour. Using prisms and optics and looking at the work of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell, students will understand how interaction between light, material and the human eye result in colourful creations.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute handling and/or craft activity + 30 minute self exploration

Science, Exploration and Empire

About the Session 

Via gallery investigation, source analysis and discussion, and students will get a glimpse of science from the diverse perspectives of colonial forces and native peoples. After being led around our Astronomy and Empire exhibition by a museum teacher, students will be given sources and objects in order to prepare presentations on three or four case studies exhibited.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute case study preparation + 30 presentation and discussion

Museum of Me

About the Session 

What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.

Duration: 1 hour

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All Seasons.