Primary School Portraiture Program

An introduction to art with practical activities included.


This program offers primary school audiences the opportunity to learn about the practice of portraiture and to experience the variety of practice in this field. 

Students will participate in role play becoming artists, critics and subjects to bring the works to life as well as making their very own portraits to take home.

The Portraiture program links to the About Me Unit of Work for the Early Stage 1 Visual Arts Syllabus VAES1.1-1.4 as well Stage 1 and 2 VAS1.1-1.4 VAS2.3, 2.4.  The program can also be integrated into the HSIE Unit of Work This is Me  and later stages CCS1.1 and CUS1.3.

2 hours- $300 per group up to 15 students per group


Art Day Out: Exhibition Tour & Landscape Workshop

After a tour of the current exhibition, spend the day making art outside; enjoying the spectacular view from Observatory Hill- taking in the historic Rocks area, the Harbour Bridge and the bustling CBD. This program is a perfect way to introduce the concept of making art about place and landscapes through a variety of structured creative exercises. Bring your hat and sunscreen and enjoy a picnic under a shady tree with the best view in Sydney.

This program is available anytime, but could be timed to link with the annual Salon ds Refusés exhibition which features landscape paintings not included in the Wynne Prize exhibition. Wet weather options are available.


Hello Hill, Hello Harbour: Art Day Out for Primary Students

This program involves nature studies, mapping, story telling and landscape drawings. It can be integrated with K-6 HSIE Outcomes Change and Continuity CCS1.2, CCS2,1, CCS2.2; Environments ENS1.5, ENS1.6, ENS2.5 and ENS2.6, as well as the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus.

3 hours- $375 per group, up to 15 students at a time.

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Plan your visit

Primary School Portraiture Program


Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks) NSW 2000


Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 5pm, last entry 4pm


Gallery closed Tuesday 5/3/24 - Friday 8/3/24
Re-opens Saturday 9/3/24

New Years Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Anzac Day

Gallery: (02) 9258 0173. Cafe: (02) 9258 0175
Entry Fees:

National Trust members – FREE
Adult - $15
Family - $42
Concession* - $12
Child (under 5 years) - FREE
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

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