The Dax Centre uses engaging education programs to explore the life stories and artworks of artists who have a lived experience of mental illness or psychological trauma. Using a multidimensional approach to discuss issues related to mental health and art, the programs create safe and supportive environments in which students can learn about the interface between art, the mind and creativity.
The Dax Centre has developed education programs for various learning levels from secondary, tertiary and postgraduate students, educators to the general public. The programs are presented by professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from mental health clinicians, scientists, educators to curators.
Curriculum and VCE Programs
VCE programs closely linked to the current VCAA curriculum are offered in Psychology, Art, Studio Art, Health and Human Development, English and Philosophy are provided through our Mindfields and The Art of Wellbeing programs. The relevant subject learning outcomes and curriculum rationale are addressed as students tour the exhibition and engage with the stories of the artists. Student worksheets for use before or after the visit are provided
Curriculum based programs can also be tailored to meet the needs of specific classes or other subject areas across Years 7-12. For example, programs have been delivered to meet the needs of VET (Health), VCAL (Personal Development Skills, Literacy), History, IB Psychology.
All Education Programs offered at The Dax Centre provide a safe and supportive environment in which students can engage in discussion and activities promoting mental health and wellbeing.
The Art of Wellbeing has been developed based on our understanding of the positive impact engaging in art making activities has on student wellbeing and resilience.
If you are interested in any of the programs or wish to discuss the idea of tailoring a program to your needs, please contact the Education Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dax Centre Child Safe Statement can be downloaded here