Schools Education Programs

Connect your class to your community gallery

Incinerator Gallery offers engaging and inquiry-based educational programs tailored for students and educators spanning from kindergarten to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) levels. Our programs are thoughtfully created to align with the Gallery's exhibitions, architectural elements, local and civic history, and the surrounding environment. We can also Victorian Curriculum and VCE Study Design requirements.

Our primary goal is to cultivate a profound appreciation for art and civic engagement among learners. We achieve this by employing pedagogies—including Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)—that stimulate critical and creative thinking, encouraging a holistic approach to learning.

Join us on an educational journey that fosters a deep understanding of art and encourages active civic participation.

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Student excursions

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

Excursions at the gallery are available from Tuesday to Friday during exhibition seasons, at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. See the 2024 Program Guide for dates.

Browse the Excursions and make a booking using the form at the bottom of this page.

Pre-school to Year 10 programs

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, curriculum requirements and student needs.

Browse our Excursions 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

Incinerator Gallery tailor engaging tours that enhance the key knowledge required in the VCE Study Designs for visual arts subjects.

Tours run for 60 minutes and teachers can enhance their students' experience by checking with the gallery educator regarding the availability of professional gallery staff or exhibiting artists to speak with students.

Browse our excursions below and book your preferred day and time. 

Students will explore the relationships and connections between artworks within the current exhibitions and analyse the ways in which various artworks have been presented in the exhibition space. They will take into consideration the intention(s) of the artist(s) and context in which the artworks were made. Through this exploration, students will gain a deeper understanding of the curatorial processes involved in exhibition design and documentation at Incinerator Gallery.

This program addresses key knowledge required for VCE Art Making and Exhibiting Unit 2 Outcome 1

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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.

During the pandemic SJAFTs shifted to being offered online. Our artist-educator Francine Sculli  curated a series of inspired activities that provided young people the keys to making artworks about things that matter to them.

Bright Sparks

Download our Bright Sparks Education Kit filled with prompts, activities, questions and explorations designed to assist educators in engaging their students in the 2023 Bright Spark's Poster Exhibition's theme: This is Me! and getting them to create a poster to submit to the exhibition!

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

Valley Youth

Valley Youth  is a youth-focused initiative by the City of Moonee Valley, engaging young people aged 12 to 25 who reside, work, learn or socialize within Moonee Valley.

Valley Youth maintains a Young Artist database that allows creative people who live, work or study in Moonee Valley to subscribe and participate in their projects. From time to time, young artists are commissioned to create artworks and are remunerated for their skills and time, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance their resumes. Learn more about this opportunity here.↗

2 youth boys painting the walls of a skatepark ramp

Incinerator Education Excursion Booking

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