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 or information on any of the programs below contact the Visual Arts and Public Program Leader Joanna Davies.

School Group Booking Form (PDF)

Bookings now open for:

  • Professional Development Day for VA teachers
  • HSC practical sessions for students
  • Exhibition tours lead by our Art Museum Educators

Self-guided and guided tours

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

Possum Skin Cloak – Travelling Suitcase

The Travelling Suitcases are ideal for use in storytelling and information sessions for students. Each Travelling Suitcase contains resources and equipment to explain the significance of the cloaks and how the local Aboriginal community made them.

Upcoming Exhibitions

First Class 2020

13 February–2 May 2021

First Class is an established annual exhibition project celebrating the high calibre of work produced by students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions. The exhibition is selected from nominated Higher School Certificate submissions produced in the previous year and curated around a theme determined by the curators.

A MAC exhibition project curated by Helen Willis and Melody Jones in consultation with Meryl Ryan

HSC Practical Clinics with artist Jane Lander

Fridays in March: 5, 12, 19 & 26

Suitable for: stage 6

Full day or Half day

Delivered at MAC or we can come to YOU!

Producing work that is authentic, convincing and considered requires a toolbox of skills and knowledge and problem-solving abilities that I am ready to help with”

Jane Lander, Artist.

These are intensive, practical workshops that give students opportunity to practice, improve and expand their skill base by experimenting with a variety of media and stimulus. Students will be guided through exercises that encourage them to take small risks often, challenging them to accept change as part of the art making process.

Appreciating: Your students can learn about the importance of representation, conceptual strength, meaning and resolution in their body of work. Making: Students can participate in intensive practical artmaking workshops with a professional artist.

Outcomes: Students can strengthen skills and confidence in artmaking.

Teachers Day

This professional development opportunity for HSC Visual Arts teachers supports the exhibitions First Class 20.

Monday 1 March at MAC

Guided exhibition tour with curators

Presenters to be confirmed Details available week one T1

HSC Resources: First Class 2020

Get to know the art and artist in the First Class 20 exhibition.


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)

MakerSpace and ArtSpace@Home

Download free art activities inspired by exhibitions and art works.


Request an Art Pack

The Museum of Art and Culture have a range of Art Packs available for primary aged groups.

Art Walks

Creative Lake Warners Bay

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

MAC Sculpture Park

Guided or self-guided tours of MAC Sculpture Park are available with Discovery Trail activity booklets, free of charge.

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