Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm

Watson Road

Observatory Hill (The Rocks)

Primary School Programs

Primary School Programs

Join us for exciting and innovative Primary School Programs which are integrated with the Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. Students will experience our current exhibition through an Educator led tour, with opportunities for interaction and creative responses. All programs can be tailored for specific learning needs across the curriculum.


Annual Portraiture Exhibitions

A  feature of the Gallery’s exhibition program is the inclusion of two annual exhibitions devoted to Australian portraiture; the Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture by contemporary Australian women artists and the Salon des Refusés exhibition, which displays a selection of artworks not selected for the Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW.  Contact the gallery for information about these exhibition dates.


Primary School Portraiture Program

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 places 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 desRefusés exhibition which features landscape paintings not included in the Wynne Prize exhibition. Wet weather options are available.

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


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 OutcomesChange 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

All education programs are developed in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Booking your visit

 At least four weeks notice is required for all school group bookings

1. Make an email booking request by completing Primary School Group Booking Form
2. Receive a booking confirmation email or phone call.
3. Pay for your excursion.

Make a payment

Payment must be made before the date of your excursion.

Changes and cancellations

Must be made in writing 

Including adjustments to student numbers, dates and times

  • One change up to two weeks before the scheduled booking – no cost
  • Each additional change – $30 administration fee
  • Changes/cancellations within five working days of scheduled booking – original booking charged in full

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