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, education@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 through an innovative presentation that draws on the expertise of scientists from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and individuals who have lived with mental illness.  It provides a great opportunity to integrate assessment tasks into an excursion.

    Students gain a multifaceted perspective on artworks and mental illness encompassing the artistic, scientific and psychological.

    The session includes:

    •  A half hour interactive session about how to look after your mental health
    •  a presentation by a neuroscientist (for Year 12)
    •  a presentation by a mental health advocate
    •  a tour of the exhibition on show.

    This popular extended program for students of psychology caters for both regional and metropolitan schools.


    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)

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  • Art & Studio Arts

    The artful gaze: VCE art

    Students are introduced to the gallery and encouraged to strengthen their visual literacy skills through analysing and discussing artworks in detail. Formal, personal, cultural and contemporary frameworks allow students to investigate the different contexts in which artworks are viewed.

    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)

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    Student Resources
    VCE Art


    Behind the Scenes: VCE Studio Arts

    A rare insight into the workings of The Dax Centre Gallery where participants meet with curators, tour the gallery and collection areas, and discuss the formulation and development of The Dax Centre exhibition program while addressing industry issues. The students also engage in visual analysis activities of the artworks.


    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 is an engaging innovative program that explores mental health and illness from a personal and clinical perspective, and through the artwork in The Dax Centre Gallery.

    The year 11 program includes:

    • a talk by a mental health clinician using a case study to explore mental health and adolescence;
    • an advocate will give a presentation about their personal experience with mental illness and recovery; and
    • a guided tour of the gallery led by an expert in mental health and art.

    The aim is to increase understanding of how lifespan issues, specifically adolescence, influence individual experience and expression.

    The Year 12 program includes:

    • a talk by a neuroscientist about current research being conducted in human trials on Alzheimer’s Disease;
    • a presentation by a carer of someone with dementia who discusses their personal experience about the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s to individuals and the community; and
    • a guided tour of the gallery led by an expert in mental health and art who explores the key features and determinants that act as risk factors in mental health.

    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)


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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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)

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    Student Resources
    VCE English

  • 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)

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  • Professional Development – Teachers

    Psychology & Health and Human Development

    Creative Approaches to Teaching Mental Health: Psychology and Health and Human Development

    The workshop includes:

    • a guided tour of the gallery highlighting how artwork can be used to illuminate students’ understanding of mental health and psychological theories;
    • a meeting with an advocate from the Mental Illness Fellowship to hear directly of their experience of mental illness and recovery;
    • how to create a safe and supportive class environment that supports teaching mental health.

    Duration: 3 hours, 4:30 – 7:30pm
    Dates: TBC
    Cost: $130 per teacher (excl. GST)
    Resources: Teacher and student resources provided during the workshop.
    N.B: If you cannot attend on these dates contact our office to make an individual appointment.


    Art and Studio Arts

    Professional Development Workshop for Teachers: Visual Arts

    Exploring  Artmaking for Mental Health and Wellbeing – 3 hours

    (Most suited for teachers and pre service teachers of Visual Arts (Who teach students in Years 5  – 10), as well as wellbeing teams or other staff interested in using art for emotional health and wellbeing)

    This workshop will explore mental health and wellbeing, as well as discuss strategies and environments conducive to exploring emotionally sensitive content through artmaking.

     

    • Participate in a tour of the current exhibition to learn about mental illness, recovery and wellbeing management, through the stories of artists and their artwork.
    • Increase awareness of the benefits of creative practices for the reduction of stress and for mental health and wellbeing.
    • Participate in activities and art making in order to experience the benefits of creative practices.
    • Discuss strategies and guidelines that can assist when working with emotionally sensitive topics.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Dates: 27/7/2017

    Time: 1:00pm – 4pm
    Cost: $170 per teacher (excl. GST)  Cost includes art materials and afternoon tea.

    Minimum numbers apply to run.

     

     

  • Other Subjects

    Making sense

    An introductory tour of The Dax Centre Gallery that can be tailored to the learning needs of your subject area and the year level. In the past we have had students of history, the International Baccalaureate and those studying wellbeing and mental health. To discuss this further please contact Education Manager at schoolbookings@daxcentre.org

    Topics for discussion can include:

    • what is mental illness?
    • social attitudes to mental illness;
    • human rights, stigma, discrimination and prejudice;
    • the interface between the illness and creative expression; and
    • mental and emotional wellbeing.

    Explore these themes in relation to the life stories of artists who have depicted their experiences in visual art.


    Year Level: 8 -12
    Duration: 1 hour
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: Please contact The Dax Centre for information about this session info@daxcentre.org
    Cost: $15 per student (excl. GST)

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    Student Resources

  • 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)

    Make a booking

    Student Resources

  • Secondary Student Resources

    The Dax Centre Education team run programs for secondary students in subjects ranging from Psychology, Arts and Studio Arts, Health and Human Development as well as English.

    Teachers and students are welcome to use any of the learning activities listed below.  These can be used during, before or after your visit to The Dax Centre.   For use is a general student worksheet applicable across all subjects and some tailored worksheets for specific subjects.

    Online Interactive Tasks
    General Worksheet suitable for year 9 -12
    Studio Art worksheet for student
    Studio Art handout for Teacher
    VCE Art
    VCE English

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