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Education programs

Years K–6

Art Adventure Tour: made in Japan
Identify recurring motifs in Japanese art including cranes, irises, waves and pine trees and learn their relevance to Japanese society and culture. Discover how the natural world has been portrayed in art and daily life.
1 hour, Tuesday – Friday
10am, 11am, 12 noon and 1pm
Max 75 students per hour
Free with exhibition entry

Years 7–12

Discussion tour
Gallery educators provide in-depth information and stimulate responses in small group tours tailored to your subject area:

  • Visual Arts How did Kamisaka Sekka reinterpret traditional Japanese motifs and combine both eastern and western concepts in his artmaking? What further innovations have contemporary artists added?
  • Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) How have Japanese artists adapted traditional designs to a range of media including lacquerware boxes, folding screens, fans, ceramic bowls, textile prints, pattern books and costumes
  • Japanese Language What can a comparison of traditional and contemporary Japanese art tell us about Japanese cultural identity?

1 hour, Monday – Friday
$165 per group of 15 or less
Includes exhibition entry

Years 3–12

Workshop tour Japanese tea ceremony
Be a guest of a Japanese tea master in the Gallery’s own tea room and discover the influence of tea culture on Japanese art.
1 hour, Thursdays
Max 30 students per hour
$225 per group of 15 or less
Includes exhibition entry

Years 7–12, tertiary students and educators

Art After Class: Sekka
Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 August, 4.30pm
Having trouble bringing your students to the Gallery for a day excursion? Plan a visit on Wednesday after class when they can join a talk led by a Gallery educator and reap the benefits of the Art After Hours events program.
Free with exhibition entry


Showcase: 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations
Saturday 30 June 9am–12pm

Education kit

This online education kit provides questions and activities for K–12, organised around themes.

Kamisaka Sekka (1866–1942) Goldfish bowl 1905–15, hanging scroll: ink and colour on silk, 105.7 × 35.8 cm, Hosomi Museum, Kyoto