|Little Aesthetics Box||Sassafras Primary Students and the Little Aesthetics Box|
The Devonport Regional Gallery Education Program provides students of all ages with thought-provoking and inspirational experiences that address key components of the Arts Curriculum. It is also designed to meet the aims of the Australian Curriculum for the learning area of the Arts, allowing an exploration of:
…the concepts of artists, artworks, world and audience. Students learn in, through and about visual arts practices, including the fields of art, craft and design. Students develop practical skills and critical thinking which inform their work as artists and audience (Australian Curriculum, 2014).
Based on each Gallery exhibition, the Program supplies students with the tools to think and talk about what they see and create through floor talks and workshops. Students are provided with the opportunity to view art works, discuss similarities and differences, investigate meanings behind works, use their imagination, develop and articulate opinions, and build an understanding of the world around them.
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1,2,3...Create uses music, art and sensory play to create a fun, educational program for children aged 1–3 years with their carers and parents. The program provides a stimulating environment in the gallery setting for young children to socialise and connect with art objects and ideas through music, movement, play and art making.
The program is presented once a month and is tailored to complement the different exhibitions on display.
When: monthly. View upcoming session dates and times here.
This is a unique 30 to 60-minute education program designed for pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 students. The key feature of Little Aesthetics is a large bright yellow box on wheels, which contains a variety of materials and objects that relate to each new exhibition at the Gallery.
All objects contained within the box can be handled by students, engaging their minds and their senses. Discussions are led about the objects and their relationship to the artworks on display or theme of the exhibition, stimulating ideas and connections between art and the world around them. The process allows a smooth transition into discussions about the exhibition on display and provides students with the confidence to talk about art and expand their capacity to perceive, explore, empathise and relate through the arts.
When: By appointment. View current sessions on offer here.
Floor talks range from 10 to 30 minutes and involve a walk around the current exhibition with Gallery staff. Sessions are interactive, casual and informative, and provide a stimulating learning environment that encourages students to look at art works and generate hypotheses, understand relationships and make emotional responses to the works.
The workshops are 60-minute interactive sessions that are customised to the current exhibition’s themes, techniques and/or ideas. The aim of each workshop is to inspire students to think and experiment with different materials and approaches to art making. Students are firstly led through a discussion about the current exhibition, encouraging them to explore, reflect, understand connections, and communicate their emotions and opinions of the art works. Students are then guided through a hands-on experimental and skills-based activity within the gallery space using a range of materials and techniques relevant to the particular exhibition.
Education and Public Programs Officer - Dianne Sheehan
P. (03) 6424 8296