Pre and post visit activities as well as how to read a wall label

Seeing works of art in situ and engaging with primary sources is an effective strategy for learning about the skills, techniques, materials and processes used by artists, and in turn can be used by students in their own work.

Sometimes seeing the detail in a painting or print, the texture of a surface or the scale of a sculpture can only be appreciated when in front of the work itself. Works of art are ideal platforms to talk about our collective history while simultaneously exploring what is happening in the world today.

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The Logistics

Making a booking, arrival, bags, lunches, photographs etc

Photo: Nat Rogers.

Tips for preparing your lesson in the Gallery

Curating your journey through the space

Thomas Hirschhorn, born Bern, Switzerland 1957, Twin-subjecter, 2011, Paris, fiber-glass mannequins, metal nails, metal screws, plastic base, timber, 225.0 x 155.0 x 56.0 cm; Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2011, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Thomas Hirschhorn.

How to look at works of art

Tips for describing and analysing works of art

Kumuntjai Napanangka Jack, Luritja/Ngaanyatjarra/Pintupi people, Northern Territory, born Lupul, Sir Frederick Range, Northern Territory 1939, died 2022, Kuruyultu, 2017, Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff), Northern Territory, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 152.0 x 183.0 cm; Gift of the Members of the Art Gallery of South Australia to celebrate 50 years since their establishment 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, © Eunice Napanangka Jack/Copyright Agency.

How to read a wall label

Learn to identify valuable information that will provide context about a work of art