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Education Programs

Incinerator Gallery provides a stimulating range of inquiry-based education programs for students and educators from kindergarten to VCE levels.

Programs are designed to complement the Gallery’s exhibitions, architecture, local history and surroundings, and incorprate Victorian Curriculum and VCE requirements.

Our aim is to foster a deeper appreciation of art and civic engagement through the use of pedagogies that encourage critical and creative thinking.

Classroom programs can be facilitated by our Gallery Educator via Zoom.

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Contact Christine by email or call 03 9243 1740 to learn more.

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For Students

The Gallery offers a range of free Student Programs suitable for kindergarten through primary, secondary and VCE year levels.

Programs run for 45 to 60 minutes, and are adapted to suit different year levels, Curriculums and student needs.

Classroom programs can now be facilitated by our Gallery Educator via Zoom. 

Free education tours are available from Tuesday to Friday during exhibition seasons, at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. See the Exhibitions program for dates.

Browse our available Excursions and Incursions below and click here to make a booking request.

For Teachers

The Incinerator Gallery offers art, design and literacy professional learning opportunities for teachers, specialising in Visual Thinking Strategies training for teachers.

Programs are curriculum linked, meet the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) requirements for professional practice and Professional Standards for Teachers as set out by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited (AITSL).

Our Staff Room Introduction to VTS can be presented via Zoom.


Browse our upcoming Teacher Professional Learning opportunities below.

Excursions & Incursions

The Gallery offers a range of free student programs suitable for kindergarten through primary, secondary and VCE year levels.

Tours run for 45 to 60 minutes, and are adapted to suit different year levels, Curriculums and student needs.

Browse our Excursions and Incursions ideas below then book your preferred day and time.

Our response to art is informed by the ways artists apply techniques, materials, processes and technologies, and the way it is displayed. It is also reliant on what the viewer brings to the experience. This guided inquiry assists students to carefully examine artists’ use of colour, texture, shape, material, scale to form considered judgements. This program may include a Visual Thinking Strategies conversation.

Recommended for Early to Middle Years, EAL students and those new to gallery spaces

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VCE Programs

Fireworks 2019 winners

The VCE Study Design for Studio Arts states “it is essential that students be provided with experiences where they can directly engage with artworks in the context of the environment in which they are presented.”

Teachers can enhance their students' experience by checking with the Gallery educator regarding the availability of exhibiting artists and professional gallery staff to speak with students.

The Incinerator Gallery tailor engaging tours that enhance the key knowledge required in the following VCE areas.

Students consider the preparation and presentation of artworks in the Incinerator Gallery exhibition spaces. They will be provided with information regarding staff roles, curatorial processes and methods employed in the display of artworks. Students will learn about how, as a public gallery, exhibition design, education, community engagement and promotional methods are developed and implemented.

This program addresses key knowledge required for VCE Studio Arts Unit 4 Outcome 3

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Visual Thinking Strategies

Connect your class with the Incinerator Gallery by becoming a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) partner school

The Gallery partners with a school to provide year-long, classroom-based lessons. Partnering classroom teachers also receive training and class-room coaching in the VTS method. Students take two class trips to the Gallery each year.

To enquire about implementing a VTS partnership at your school contact Christine via email or call 03 8325 1740.

What is VTS?

VTS is a research based pedagogy that uses art to develop students’ critical thinking, communication and visual literacy skills. It engages learners at all levels and capacities in a rigorous process of examination and meaning making through a facilitated group discussion. VTS creates a safe environment whereby students are eager to participate and builds their ability to discover multiple solutions to complex problems. Through regular monthly VTS lessons improvements in students’ observation skills, evidentiary reasoning and speculative abilities can be measurably demonstrated. VTS supports language acquisition for all students and teaches the tenets of respectful conversation. Benefits that over time transfer to other classroom interactions and subject areas.

Teacher Professional Learning

9.30am – 3.30pm, Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May 2020

On the surface VTS appears to be very easy and simple. In this two day program participants will themselves look carefully at selected artworks, talk about what they observe and be encouraged to support their interpretation with visual evidence. Through deeper interrogation of the method participants will have a number of opportunities to practice VTS themselves in a supportive environment. Teachers will learn how to be more ‘present’ or ‘in the moment’ in their teaching as well as build on their student’s interpersonal skills. Participants will leave this program ready to facilitate VTS lessons with their students in their next class.

The VTS pedagogy does not require specialist art knowledge or skills.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Teachers of all year levels (pre-school to tertiary) across all subject areas.
  • Professionals working to improve speech development such as EAL, people with early onset dementia or other mild cognitive impairments.

Program includes lunch and refreshments


Education Resources

Download our student resource Evaluating contemporary art at the Incinerator Gallery

Social Justice Art for Teens

Social Justice Art for Teens was established in 2019 at Incinerator Gallery. The program vision was to capture the important voices of young people on issues that mattered most to them; using Art as the catalyst to provoke thought, capture their ideas and agency, and ignite social change. The class ran weekly for eight weeks over school terms 2, 3 and 4.

Participants engaged in important dialogue and analysis about social issues for young people, including the role artists play in shaping dialogue and advocacy. Through a variety of art making processes, our teen artists explored different art-making techniques, mediums, themes and ideas; learning how to lift their own ideas and transform them into artworks that express the critical voices and concerns of young people.

This year the program has shifted to being online. Our artist-educator Francine Sculli has curated a series of inspired activities that provide young people to make art about things that matter to them.

We encourage teachers to share these inspiring resources with your students. 

Incinerator Education Excursion Booking

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