Learning Program

The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie, yapang (MAC) offers a range of curriculum-based learning opportunities for students, from Preschool to HSC level. With a focus on developing skills in both art appreciation and making, experienced educators and art tutors lead all of our sessions.

All art museum visits begin with an introduction to the current exhibitions, the various forms or artistic expression, and the role of an artist, allowing students to engage with the artworks in a meaningful way.

For bookings please complete the school visit booking form.

Self-guided and guided tours

  • Available free of charge with related activity sheets during opening hours.

Lesson plans and activities 

Lesson plan: Art and nature site specific sculpture

One foot on the ground, one foot in the water education resource(PDF, 16MB)

JamFactory ICON Kunmanara Carroll: Ngaylu Nyanganyi Ngura Winki (I Can See All Those Places) education resource(PDF, 20MB)

Art to You - Preschool Outreach

  • Visits available on request with practical artmaking sessions designed to suit your needs.
  • No Cost option: Our professional staff can visit for up to an hour with materials supplied.
  • Cost option: $150, a specialist professional artist/tutor can visit for up to a hour with materials supplied.
  • To book please contact Joanna Davies on or 02 4921 0705.

Art Making Workshops and yapang learning

  • Workshops for all stages, (with exhibition tours included) attract a flat rate of $150.00 per 60 students for a 1 - 1.5 hour session.
  • Additional students charged at $2.50 per student.
  • A maximum of 60 students can attend each session but multiple sessions can be run each day.
  • Teachers and accompanying adults are not charged.
  • A ratio of at least one teacher to 10 students for preschools and primary schools, and one teacher to 25 students for high school and above must be maintained.
  • All bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • yapang learning workshops are conducted by Aboriginal artists and tutors in-conjunction with exhibition topics.

Art Walk 

  • Guided or self-guided tours of the Creative Lake Public Art Trail, Warners Bay Foreshore are available. 
  • Guided or self-guided tours of MAC Sculpture Park are available with Discovery Trail activity booklets, free of charge.
  • To book please contact Joanna Davies on or 02 4921 0705

Teachers Days

These are professional development opportunities offering valuable teaching strategies for the classroom.

HSC workshops

Designed to support the NSW Visual Arts Stage 6 Syllabus, these intensive sessions give students the opportunity to push their artistic boundaries in the development of their Body of Work. By exploring a range of materials, techniques and new perspectives with professional Hunter-based and exhibition artists, students can strengthen skills and confidence in artmaking.

HSC Clinics for Students

Each year, to coincide with our HSC exhibition project, First Class, MAC invites established artists to conduct practical workshops for year 10 and 11 students to assist them in developing a Body of Work.

These clinics offer students a great way to connect with artists and their practice, while gaining the kind of confidence only possible through working in an intensive way over a full-day workshop.

Possum Skin Cloak – Travelling Suitcase

The tradition of using possum skins for the making of cloaks, waistbands, belts, armbands and headbands was practised by Aboriginal people across eastern Australia. Historical accounts of the customary methods of trapping, preparation, decoration and use of possum skin cloaks within Aboriginal nations in Queensland and throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are numerous and extensively documented. Nations in NSW include those of the Dharug, Kamilaroi, Gumbangarri, Wiradjuri, Worimi, Wonnaruah, Darkinjung, Awabakal and Narrinyeri people.

The Possum Skin Cloak by the Lake Travelling Suitcases were designed for use by schools and community groups.

They both comprise the following:

  • Two pelts clearly demonstrating the process of designing, burning, painting and sewing the cloak
  • Examples of a finished armband
  • Examples of ochre in its natural form and then mixed as a paintable liquid, and native tree resin in its natural state
  • An introduction and history of possum skin cloaks
  • Class activities for different curriculum areas and stages along with worksheets and a related board game
  • A DVD made in collaboration with ABC Open by the community
  • A copy of this Education Kit
  • A copy of ‘Wrapped in a Possum Skin Cloak’ The Tooloyn Koortakay Collection in the National Museum of Australia, Amanda Reynolds, National Museum of Australia Press, 2005

The Travelling Suitcases are ideal for use in storytelling and information sessions for students. The suitcases can be loaned to schools. If you would like an Aboriginal educator to visit with the cloak please contact us for availability. Fees apply.

For bookings contact

Case Study publications for HSC Students and Teachers

To support HSC Visual Arts study, MAC has embarked on a series of case studies of well-known Australian artists.

Annual HSC First Class Project

First Class is an established annual exhibition project celebrating the high calibre of Higher School Certificate work produced by students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

The exhibition is selected from nominated HSC Body of Work submissions produced in the previous year, and curated by independent arts industry professionals.

Below are a range of interviews with some of the talented student artists featured in the First Class 21 exhibition, and the inspiration and development of their 2021 HSC artwork.

First Class 21 Education Resource(PDF, 2MB)

First Class 21 Catalogue(PDF, 3MB)