SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Dax Centre uses engaging education programs to explore the life stories of artists who have represented their lived experience of mental illness or trauma through art.  Using a multidimensional approach to discuss issues related to mental health and art, the programs allow teachers to create safe and supportive classroom environments in which their students can learn about the interface between art, the mind and creativity.

The Dax Centre’s VCE program offers education programs for the following VCE subjects: Psychology, Art, Studio Arts, Health and Human Development, English and Philosophy.  The education program provides learning outcomes and curriculum links aligned with VCAA and each subject has resources and worksheets which can be used during, before or after student visits.

We also tailor programs for your class and in the past done so for history, the International Baccalaureate and those studying wellbeing and mental health.  To discuss this further please contact the Education Manager, info@daxcentre.org

Programs on offer

  • Psychology

    The Dax Centre has a long history of providing educational programs for VCE Psychology.  We currently have two different programs suited to the Psychology Curriculum.

    Mindfields

    This program engages students in a discussion around mental health and wellbeing as they tour the current exhibition, and view artworks created by individuals with a lived experience of mental illness or psychological trauma. Current curriculum information and major concepts are brought to life through the stories of the artwork creators.
    Students gain a multifaceted perspective on artworks and mental illness encompassing the artistic, scientific and psychological. It provides a great opportunity to integrate assessment tasks into an excursion.

    The program includes:

    • A presentation by an Advocate about their personal lived experience of mental illness. This includes a question and answer session where students will engage with the Advocate.
    • The Mindfields Year 12 program offers students an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of research design and methodology as they hear from a neuroscience researcher sharing their current area of research.
    • The Mindfields Year 11 program replaces the neuroscience research design presentation with an interactive presentation for students supporting them to care for their own mental health.

    Year Level: 11 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include: Unit 1, Area of study 2, Lifespan psychology;
    Unit 2, Area of study 1, Interpersonal and group behaviour (stigma and discrimination); Unit 4, Area of study 2, Mental health; Units 1-4, Ethics
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


    Making Sense

    A guided tour of the gallery is lead by an expert in mental health and art who will assist students to build on their knowledge and enrich their theoretical understanding of mental health and creativity.  This program can be created to suit to several year levels.


    Year Level: 9 – 12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm. Extra times can be arranged on request.
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)


    Mind me, mind you

    This program focuses on increasing the student’s awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students examine the artworks in The Dax Collection and hear the artist stories, followed by a facilitator-led session focused on looking after their own mental health.

    Participants also experience an art-making activity.


    Year Level: 7 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include: Individual school Health and Wellbeing programs; Australian Curriculum
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • Art & Studio Arts

    The artful gaze: VCE art

    Students engage in visual analysis of the artworks in the current exhibition. Using Structural, Personal, Cultural and Contemporary Frameworks, students investigate the different contexts through which artworks are viewed. This program focuses on arts language and strengthening visual literacy skills.

     

    Year Level: 11-12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum Links: Units 1 – 4 including analytical frameworks and art issues
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: To be confirmed on enquiry
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)


    Behind the Scenes: VCE Studio Arts

    A unique opportunity for students to explore the gallery and curatorial spaces of The Dax Centre Gallery. A real life perspective on industry contexts is gained as we discuss:

    • The purpose and methods of public art galleries and museums.
    • The particular characteristics of The Dax Centre as an arts space.
    • Curatorial considerations, exhibition design and promotional methods involved in preparing and displaying artworks in current exhibitions.
    • Conservation and preservation of artworks, including lighting, environmental controls, storage, transportation and presentation of specific artworks in the current exhibition.
    • The legal and ethical aspects associated with display of the works from the Cunningham Dax Collection.

    Year level: 11-12
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Curriculum Links: Units 1 – 4 including studio production and art industry contexts
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: To be confirmed on enquiry
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)




  • Health and Human Development

    Dax Education enriches students understanding of mental health in VCE Health and Human Development. The Year 11 program focuses on Unit 1, Area of Study 3, Health Issues for Australian Youth. This program examines mental health and youth in relation to lifespan issues and related biological, social, emotional, physical and intellectual factors. Students are encouraged to deepen their knowledge by exploring the artworks in the gallery, speaking with experts in mental and art, and hearing the experience of a mental health advocate.

    The Year 12 program addresses Unit 3, Area of Study 1, Understanding Australia’s Health with a focus on the experience of Alzheimer’s disease.


    Mindfields

    This program engages students in a discussion around mental health and wellbeing as they tour the current exhibition, and view artworks created by individuals with a lived experience of mental illness or psychological trauma. Current curriculum information and major concepts are brought to life through the stories of the artwork creators.

    The program includes:

    • A presentation by an Advocate about their personal lived experience of mental illness. This includes a question and answer session where students will engage with the Advocate.
    • The Mindfields program includes a presentation for students supporting them to care for their own mental health.
    • This popular extended program for students caters for both regional and metropolitan schools.

    Year Level: 11 -12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum Links: Unit 1, Area of Study 3, Health Issues for Australian Youth; Unit 3, Area of Study 1, Understanding Australia’s Health.
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


    Making Sense

    Students are introduced to The Dax Centre Gallery and the current exhibition featuring artworks created by artists with an experience of mental illness or psychological trauma. A guided tour of the gallery is led by an expert in mental health and art, and assists students to build on their knowledge and understanding of mental health.  This program can be tailored to make VCE curriculum links.


    Year level: VCE, Year 9 and 10
    Duration: 1 hour
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)


    Mind me, mind you

    This program focuses on increasing the student’s awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students examine the artworks in The Dax Collection and hear the artist stories, followed by a facilitator-led session focused on looking after their own mental health.

    Participants also experience an art-making activity.


    Year Level: 7 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include: Individual school Health and Wellbeing programs; Australian Curriculum
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Mind me, mind you

    This program focuses on increasing the student’s awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students examine the artworks in The Dax Collection and hear the artist stories, followed by a facilitator-led session focused on looking after their own mental health.

    Participants also experience an art-making activity.


    Year Level: 7 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include: Individual school Health and Wellbeing programs; Australian Curriculum
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • English

    Making Sense

    Students are introduced to The Dax Centre Gallery and the current exhibition featuring artworks created by artists with an experience of mental illness or psychological trauma. Contexts including the imaginative landscape, reality, encountering conflict and exploring issues related to identity and belonging are highlighted through exploration and discussion of the artworks.


    Year level: 11 -12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum Links: Unit 3 -4 Contexts – The Imaginative Landscape; Whose reality?; Encountering Conflict; Exploring Issues of identity and Belonging
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)

  • Philosophy

    Making Sense

    Students are introduced to The Dax Centre Gallery and the current exhibition featuring artworks created by artists with an experience of mental illness or psychological trauma.  Exploring and discussing the artworks in the context of personal identity, students query ideas related to sense of self over time, attachment, responsibility and the role of continuity.


    Year level: 12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum Links: Unit 3, Outcome 2 Personal Identity.
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)