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 can do 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 (Year 9-12)

    The Dax Centre has a long history of providing educational programs for Psychology. We currently have programs addressing the Psychology curriculum from Year 9-12.

    Mindfields

    Students are engaged in developing their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of mental health. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    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 Mindfields Year 12 program includes:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a neuroscience researcher considering research design and methodology
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness.

    The Mindfields Year 11 program includes:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness
    • an interactive session supporting students in understanding ways of supporting their own mental wellbeing

    Year Level: 11 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    Ethics
    Unit 1-4 Key Science Skills (Research design and methodology)
    Scientific investigations
    Unit 1 AOS2: What influences psychological development?
    Unit 1 AOS3: Student directed research investigation
    Unit 4 AOS 2: What influences mental wellbeing?
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Health and Physical Education
    Personal and Social Capability
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


    Mini Mindfields

    Mini Mindfields engages students in developing their knowledge and understanding of mental health and its complexities. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition in building student understanding of mental health. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    Mini Mindfields provides:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness

    Year Level: 11 – 12
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    Ethics
    Unit 1-4 Key Science Skills (Research design and methodology)
    Scientific investigations
    Unit 1 AOS2: What influences psychological development?
    Unit 1 AOS3: Student directed research investigation
    Unit 4 AOS 2: What influences mental wellbeing?
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Health and Physical Education
    Personal and Social Capability
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)


    Making Sense

    A tour of the current exhibition led by an Education Officer where students explore the artworks and stories of the artists to develop their awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. A safe and supportive environment is created to support students in engaging in the conversation about mental health.

    Dependent on the curriculum needs of your group the program can incorporate subject specific concepts and terminology.


    Year Level: 9 – 12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum links include:
    Ethics
    Unit 1-4 Key Science Skills (Research design and methodology)
    Scientific investigations
    Unit 1 AOS2: What influences psychological development?
    Unit 1 AOS3: Student directed research investigation
    Unit 4 AOS 2: What influences mental wellbeing?
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Health and Physical Education
    Personal and Social Capability
    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 student awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students explore the artworks in the current exhibition and hear the stories of the artists’ and their use of art in maintaining their wellbeing.

    This is followed by a facilitator-led experiential art making activity and discussion focused on supporting students to increase their understanding of looking after their own mental health and wellbeing.


    Year Level: 7 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Health and Physical Education
    Personal and Social Capability
    Individual school Health and Wellbeing programs
    Gallery exploration can specifically address subject curriculums in Psychology/Health/English
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • Art & Studio Arts (Year 7-12)

    The Artful Gaze: VCE art

    Students participate in learning experiences encouraging curiosity, imagination, adaptability and creativity as they view the artworks in the current exhibition. An understanding is built of how, through their artwork, artists communicate their experiences and ideas. Students are challenged to use creative, critical, reflective and analytical thinking when viewing the works in the current exhibition.

    Senior students engage in visual analysis of the artworks in the current exhibition with a focus on arts language and strengthening visual literacy skills. They will be introduced to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and practice using these in engaging with the artworks. Using the Analytical Frameworks (Structural, Personal, Cultural and Contemporary Frameworks), senior students investigate the different contexts through which artworks are viewed.

    Programs are tailored to specific year levels and align with the curriculum frameworks and the subject area content and rationale. The Artful Gaze program can be extended to include an experiential art making activity. Please contact the Education Team to discuss this further.


    Year Level: 11-12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum Links:
    VCE Art Units 1 – 4
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 (Visual Arts)
    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)


    The Artful Gaze: 7-10

    Students participate in learning experiences encouraging curiosity, imagination, adaptability and creativity as they view the artworks in the current exhibition. An understanding is built of how, through their artwork, artists communicate their experiences and ideas. Students are challenged to use creative, critical, reflective and analytical thinking when viewing the works in the current exhibition.

    Students engage in visual analysis of the artworks in the current exhibition with a focus on arts language and strengthening visual literacy skills. They will be introduced to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and practice using these in engaging with the artworks.

    Programs are tailored to specific year levels and align with the curriculum frameworks and the subject area content and rationale. The Artful Gaze program can be extended to include an experiential art making activity. Please contact the Education Team to discuss this further.


    Year Level: 7-10
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum Links:
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Art curriculum – Visual Arts (7 and 8) Levels 5-10 Achievement Standards. Explore and Express Ideas strand, Respond and Interpret strand
    Victorian Curriculum F-10 Art curriculum – Visual Arts (9 and 10) Levels 7-10 Achievement Standards. Explore and Express Ideas strand, Respond and Interpret strand
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: To be confirmed on enquiry
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)


  • Health and Human Development (Year 10-11, VCE, VET)

    Our Education Programs enrich student understanding of mental health and wellbeing. They can be tailored to meet the specific class needs of students in Year 7-12, or to address the curriculum in VCE Health and Human Development.

    A facilitator led tour of the current exhibition increases student awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. Our Year 11 program examines mental health and youth in relation to lifespan issues and explores the complex interaction of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors impacting on health and wellbeing.


    Mindfields

    Students are engaged in developing their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of mental health. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    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 Mindfields program includes:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness
    • an interactive session supporting students in understanding ways of supporting their own mental wellbeing

    Year Level: 10 -12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum Links:
    The VCE Health and Human Development Study Design Rationale states, ‘Students explore the complex interplay of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that support and improve health and wellbeing and those that put it at risk’.
    Unit 1 AOS1 Health perspectives and influences
    Unit 1 AOS 3 Youth health and wellbeing
    Unit 2 AOS 1 Developmental transitions
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


    Mini Mindfields

    Mini Mindfields engages students in developing their knowledge and understanding of mental health and its complexities. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition in building student understanding of mental health. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    Mini Mindfields provides:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness

    Year Level: 11 -12
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Curriculum Links:
    The VCE Health and Human Development Study Design Rationale states, ‘Students explore the complex interplay of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that support and improve health and wellbeing and those that put it at risk’.
    Unit 1 AOS1 Health perspectives and influences
    Unit 1 AOS 3 Youth health and wellbeing
    Unit 2 AOS 1 Developmental transitions
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)



    Making Sense

    A tour of the current exhibition led by an Education Officer where students explore the artworks and stories of the artists to develop their awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. A safe and supportive environment is created to support students in engaging in the conversation about mental health.

    Dependent on the curriculum needs of your group the program can incorporate subject specific concepts and terminology.


    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 student awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students explore the artworks in the current exhibition and hear the stories of the artists’ and their use of art in maintaining their wellbeing.

    This is followed by a facilitator-led experiential art making activity and discussion focused on supporting students to increase their understanding of looking after their own mental health and wellbeing.


    Year Level: 7 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    The VCE Health and Human Development Study Design Rationale states, ‘Students explore the complex interplay of biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that support and improve health and wellbeing and those that put it at risk’.
    Unit 1 AOS1 Health perspectives and influences
    Unit 1 AOS 3 Youth health and wellbeing
    Unit 2 AOS 1 Developmental transitions
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • Health and Wellbeing (Year 7-11)

    Mindfields (Year 11)

    Students are engaged in developing their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of mental health. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    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 Mindfields program includes:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness
    • an interactive session supporting students in understanding ways of supporting their own mental wellbeing

    Year Level: Year 11
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


    Mini Mindfields (Year 11)

    Mini Mindfields engages students in developing their knowledge and understanding of mental health and its complexities. A biopsychosocial approach is taken in exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in the current exhibition in building student understanding of mental health. Depending on the curriculum level and specific needs of the group main concepts, knowledge and terminology are integrated into the tour of the Gallery.

    Mini Mindfields provides:

    • a Gallery tour facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental illness

    Year Level: Year 11
    Duration: 1.5 hours
    Curriculum links include:
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)


    Making Sense

    A tour of the current exhibition led by an Education Officer where students explore the artworks and stories of the artists to develop their awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing. A safe and supportive environment is created to support students in engaging in the conversation about mental health.

    Dependent on the curriculum needs of your group the program can incorporate subject specific concepts and terminology.


    Year Level: 7 – 11
    Duration: 1 hour
    Curriculum links include: Individual school Health and Wellbeing programs; Australian Curriculum
    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 student awareness of mental health, recovery and wellbeing. Students explore the artworks in the current exhibition and hear the stories of the artists’ and their use of art in maintaining their wellbeing.

    This is followed by a facilitator-led experiential art making activity and discussion focused on supporting students to increase their understanding of looking after their own mental health and wellbeing.


    Year Level: 7 – 11
    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 (Year 7-12)

    Students investigate art as text with this exploration focusing on developing critical viewing strategies and skills. They explore how artists use the visual arts to communicate their personal lived experiences with mental health. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) are introduced in the exploration of the artworks on display in the current exhibition.

    Our English programs are tailored to the very specific needs of your class. Please contact our Education Team for further information and to explore the possibilities.


    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)