For schools

Book a tour for your school and let our knowledgable staff communicate exhibitions insights to your students.

At the opening of 'First Class 19'

The annual First Class series features a wide variety of media including film and installation.

'First Class 19' artists.

Learning Program

The Museum of Art and Culture (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 form below or contact the Visual Arts and Public Program Leader Joanna Davies.

School Group Booking Form (PDF)

Self-guided and guided tours

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

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 1-1.5hour session with all additional students charged at $2.50 per student. A maximum of 60 students can attend each session, 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.

View available Art Making workshops

Art Walk 

Creative Lake Warners Bay

Guided or self-guided tours of the Creative Lake Public Art Trail, Warners Bay Foreshore are available.

To book please contact: Joanna Davies, jldavies@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 02 4921 0705

MAC Sculpture Park

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, jldavies@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 02 4921 0705

Art to You - Preschool Outreach

Visits available on request with practical artmaking sessions designed to suit your needs.

No Cost: Our professional staff can visit for up to an hour with materials supplied. Cost: $150, Specialist professional artist/tutor can visit for up to a hour with materials supplied

To book please contact:Joanna Davies, jldavies@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or 02 4921 0705

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 BOW. 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.

View available HSC workshops

Teachers Days

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

View available Teachers Days

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.

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

Now in its twelth year, 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.

First Class 19 - Brad McKinnon (Warners Bay High School)

First Class 19 - Kaylyn Fairhurst (Kotara High School)

First Class 19 - Natasha Wilson (Heritage College Lake Macquarie)

First Class 19 - Nicholas Wilson (Merewether High School)

First Class 19 - Sophie McSporran (Toronto High School)