Starting with art

Supported by Variety the children’s charity

Starting with Art is for Years K-12 students with physical, intellectual, behavioural and sensory disabilities. Each program is led by an artist educator and designed to create a journey of discovery and adventure through the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection.

The program provides the opportunity to look closely, discuss ideas, engage in role-play and use sensory materials to develop personal connections to art works.

Benefits for students

Provides an opportunity to:

  • engage directly with artworks
  • express themselves in a supportive environment
  • learn through visual and sensory experiences
  • build on the knowledge they have
  • create works of art with materials that are familiar and fun to use
  • build self-esteem
  • feel welcomed in the Gallery

Supporting resources

Pre- and post-visit activities are incorporated into this program. Pre-visit activities, including a viewing of the selected images before the visit, aim to provide students with preliminary familiarity and understanding of the works, which will enhance the exhibition experience.

Exhibition-specific tours

The Gallery also offers Starting with Art tours and workshops for some specific exhibitions.

Program details
60-min duration
Two weeks notice required
Bookings essential

Sponsor message

Variety is proud to support the Starting with Art program. As a charitable organisation, which is dedicated to empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn, we see this education program aligning directly to our core mission and values.