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Starting with art

Starting with Art is for Years K-12 students with physical, intellectual, behavioural and sensory disabilities. Each program is led by an artist educator and designed to create a journey of discovery and adventure through the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection.

The program provides the opportunity to look closely, discuss ideas, engage in role-play and use sensory materials to develop personal connections to art works.

Benefits for students

Provides an opportunity to:

  • engage directly with artworks
  • express themselves in a supportive environment
  • learn through visual and sensory experiences
  • build on the knowledge they have
  • create works of art with materials that are familiar and fun to use
  • build self-esteem
  • feel welcomed in the Gallery

Supporting resources

Pre- and post-visit activities are incorporated into this program. Pre-visit activities, including a viewing of the selected images before the visit, aim to provide students with preliminary familiarity and understanding of the works, which will enhance the exhibition experience.

Exhibition-specific tours

The Gallery also offers Starting with Art tours and workshops for some specific exhibitions.

Program details
60-min duration
Two weeks notice required
Bookings essential

Starting with Art at the House

A partnership between the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW, this stimulating and engaging program for Years K-12 includes discussion, role-play and the use of sensory materials.

Start with a visit to the Gallery’s Starting with Art program supported by Variety to view a selection of artworks inspired by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

Follow with a tour of the Opera House to discover how the iconic building and harbour influenced these artworks.

Program details:
Full day
Max 8 students per group
Two weeks notice required
Bookings essential