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30 Mar - 18 Jun


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12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA



12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

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Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

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Blog – 2016 student & teacher programs at the MCA – our picks!

Posted on Dec. 2, 2015 by Georgia Close in Creative Learning. View Comments

Can’t decide which MCA exhibition you should bring your students to next year? Feeling overwhelmed by the different learning experiences on offer? Here are some of our top picks to help you navigate our 2016 learning programs and exhibitions!

Explore the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice through programs Ngamili, Gimabili (To see, to make ) and Winangali (To hear, to know). Developed with advice from Aboriginal education professionals, these programs are informed by cultural learning approaches and emphasise the voices of Aboriginal artists. Book these programs with a focus on the MCA Collection and explore works by artists including Daniel Boyd, Vernon Ah Kee, Ms Yunipingu, Gordon Bennett and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Spend a day in the studio with a guest artist from an MCA exhibition in the Contemporary Art Studio program. Be inspired by sausage dogs with David Capra, tell stories through shadow puppets with Jumaadi, or take to the stage with Hayden Fowler and Justin Shoulder and explore different approaches to performance. For primary and secondary classes.

Make a rubbish robot in an Electronic Art Workshop for primary and secondary students, responding to the work of Korean artist Wonbin Yang, featured in the exhibition New Romance: Art and the Posthuman. New Romance encourages us to question what it means to be human today and what it might mean in the future. Drawing inspiration from science fiction, biology, psychology, robotics, consumer technologies and social media, New Romance artists ask us to reimagine our place in the world as one intelligent life-form among many.

Inspire creative writing through contemporary art in Art Write Now, one of our favourites! Art Write Now encourages primary and secondary students to embark on a creative journey in response to MCA artworks. Packed with juicy language based strategies and creative writing challenges, Art Write Now promises new ways of looking, thinking and creating through contemporary art. Art Write Now will be a great program for engaging with exhibitions Telling Tales: Excursions in Narrative Form, where artists including Patricia Piccinini, Jumaadi and Lee Mingwei explore unconventional approaches to telling stories.

Keen for a digital experience? Connect with us for a unique Digital Excursion exploring contemporary art through creative learning strategies delivered in the digital realm. Secondary students can participate in an artwork by Agatha Gothe-Snape, created especially for digital excursions, while primary students investigate links between colour and emotion in an action-packed program beamed straight to your classroom.

Teachers – we have your professional learning covered! Check-out our range of programs exploring contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice, strategies for engaging students with disability through the creative arts, Creative Connections for primary teachers and more. Kick-off the year with our first Educator Exclusive evening in March, featuring guests from the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

And if this is all too much, why not simply open a creative learning mystery box on an Artist-Run Adventure with a practicing artist from the MCA’s Artist Educator team!

For more information, head to mca.com.au/learn, contact the MCA Learning at learning@mca.com.au or on 9245 2400.

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Group of students in gallery stretching a length of string together.

Students from Marrickville Intensive English School at Creative Guide to Contemporary Art workshop, 2015, photo; James Brown

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Georgia Close
– School and Teacher Engagement Manager

Georgia manages the Student & Teacher Engagement program for the MCA, working closely with a wonderful team of Artist Educators to develop rich creative learning experiences for school audiences.

Prior to joining the MCA, Georgia coordinated school and family education programs for a range of organisations, including regional museums, Cockatoo Island and Campbelltown Arts Centre.

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