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Newcastle Art School diploma students enjoying a tour the exhibition Soft Core.

Guided tours are available free of charge during opening hours.

Learning Program

MAC - Museum of Art and Culture yapang 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 gallery 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 booking form (coming soon) or contact the Visual Arts and Public Program Leader Joanna Daviesat jldavies@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

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.

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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.

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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

From First Class 19, Lowanna Russell, Wadalba Community School, Evanescent Integrity (detail), digital photograph 45cm x 68cm

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.