Open daily 10am — 5pm, except Christmas day

Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets

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+64 9 379 1349

Our thematic Foundation programmes give students the opportunity to build knowledge and skills across the curriculum through meaningful engagement with art.

Creative and critical thinking, and interpersonal skill development is encouraged through lively discussion and activity. Each programme includes two lessons: one in the Gallery spaces, exploring three to five artworks, and another in the Studio, making art in response to the programme theme.

Included with these programmes are free term-long teaching resources for Levels 1–2 or 3-4.

During Term 3, we will only be offering the studio-based component of this programme, which means that the educator-facilitated engagements with artworks on display will not be available. 

To complement a studio visit, we encourage teachers to self-guide to look at works of art in the gallery spaces related to your themes – and will provide you with resources and suggested artworks for viewing, to assist you in doing so. The cost of participating in programming during this period will be significantly less expensive – $4 per student for our one hour, studio based programming. 

Signs and Symbols

Explore in the Gallery and through art making how artworks communicate with us through symbols we can detect and decipher. This programme explores the use of symbolic objects within artworks, as well as ways in which artists play with their use of materials and media to inspire our curiosity and stretch our thinking.

Age groups: Years 1–8
Maximum daily attendance: Year 1–2 60 students, Year 3–8 90 students
Cost: Per student $8, Teacher/adult helper free
Available Tuesday – Friday during term time