SAM offers a range of or workshops and tours for both teachers and students. SAM also develops and hosts Professional Development opportunities for teachers throughout the year.

Past Exhibitions

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Studio Arts - Arts and Industry Context: Year 12 Exam Revision

VCE students are invited to join our Visual Arts Educator, Catherine Read for an afternoon of exam preparation and revision. Using the exhibition resources at SAM, Catherine will discuss and unpack the arts and industry components of the Studio Arts exam and further assist students in preparing for their exam.

From 5.30–6.30pm students are invited to join our SAM Out Late! Curatorial Floor Talk, where Kelli Cole, Warumungu/Luritja, Assistant Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from the National Gallery of Australia and Belinda Briggs, Yorta Yorta / Wamba Wamba, SAM Community Engagement Officer - Indigenous, will walk guests through the exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia.

For further information and bookings please email:

Date: Thursday 28 September 2017
Exam Revision: 2.30–5.30pm
Curatorial Floor Talk: 5.30–6.30pm
Cost: Free

For Teachers

Teachers from all sectors are invited to join us for education previews, curatorial and artist presentations and workshops. Education Resources are available online to assist with pre-visit, self-guided or post-visit activities. Teachers are able fulfill VIT registration requirements by attending workshops, teacher previews as well as artist or curatorial talks delivered as part of public programming. Certificates of attendance are issued upon request.

SAM Teacher Network – Exhibition Focused Classroom Professional Development

Supported by DEECD’s Strategic Partnerships Program and developed in collaboration with artist and teacher, Meg Doller, these sessions are designed to provide regular networking opportunities alongside provision of Professional Development for arts educators based on current exhibitions and SAM’s permanent collection. 

Each session will include professional networking opportunities over afternoon tea, followed by a focussed professional development hour.  Supporting documentation and resources will be provided to allow replication of the learning activity with your class in the classroom. Attendance at these sessions will be certified to support teacher Performance and Development. 

Visual Thinking Strategies in the classroom

Tim James (GVGS) recently returned from intensive VTS training at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He will share his experience with us, introduce VTS as a learning concept and discuss how he uses VTS in his English classroom. Keep an eye out here for future sessions.

School Tours and Workshop Activities

We welcome kindergarten, primary and secondary schools to participate in both self-guided and guided tours with an art educator. Free guided tours highlight aspects of the collection and changing exhibition displays that are often exclusive to SAM.

All SAM education tours are free but we require all school groups to book in at least one week in advance. To make a booking or to find out more information, please contact SAM (03) 5832 9861


One hour art workshops at SAM. Workshops are delivered in conjunction with tours but can be tailored to suite your school or curriculum needs.

Adventures in Clay
Tell an imaginative story through clay, play and figure modeling. 
Foundation to Year 4. 
Cost $3 per student.  

Creative Clay
Learn about clay and make your own personalized pot or art piece. 
Years 3 to 10.  
Cost $5 per student unglazed, glazed $7.

Colour My World
Imagine a place that is picture perfect. What does it look like? Create a large mural-sized image of this place with the help of your school friends. 
Foundation to Year 6.
Cost $3 per student.  

Snap shot! Sketch, draw, paint
Create a composite drawing or scene after composing and sketching in the art museum. Students can bring their own electronic devices to record images. Art materials and drawing equipment is supplied.
Years 5 to 10.
Cost $3 per student.

Using art elements, create an imaginative 2D art work. Experiment with different techniques and materials to make an abstract, gestural or impressionist drawing.
Years 5 to 10.  
Cost $3 per student.

SAM Scholars Student Program
SAM Scholars is a new program, designed specifically for Year 10 - 12 students who are keen to develop their skills and understanding of Art and its related industry contexts. Running from April 2017 - December 2018, students will have an immersive experience in the art museum. Applications for this year's program have closed, but keep an eye out for further opportunities for students.