Inspire, Learn, Create Art

The Galnyatj! Inspire, Learn, Create Art program draws upon the Eight Ways of Learning, an Aboriginal-based pedagogy to deliver culturally appropriate and accessible learning outcomes for students to gain deeper understanding of south east Australian Aboriginal culture and heritage through art.

Kaiela Arts invites primary schools in the Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray) region to book into our visual art program – Galnyatj! Inspire, Learn Create Art!  Now in its third year, our regional visual arts incursion program promotes cultural understanding of south-east Australian Aboriginal heritage, history, landscapes and language.

Distinct themes and accessible art activities have been developed by Aboriginal artists together with experienced educators. Offering flexibility in program delivery to suit your school curriculum at all year levels, our focus for 2020 is for Grade 5 and 6 students.

Generously funded through the Victorian Education Department’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP), school subsidies for regional schools are available on application.

Aims and the Victorian Curriculum for the Arts

To enable students to develop and apply:

Conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes

Visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies

Respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentator.

Signs and Symbols

Art activities for Year F to 6 programs options include:

Kaiela Dungala (River) Stories

Suggested narrative based art activities for Year F to 6 include:

Program Costs

Schools can choose either:

Two Hour (One Day)

$ 15 per child per session

2x One Hour (Two Days)

$ 8 per child per session

A school booking fee of $40 and some additional travel costs may apply.

School subsidies are available for schools on application.

For further information please contact us at or call on (03) 5821 9842.

Victorian Curriculum

Relevant Level 4, 5 & 6 Descriptions for 2020 focus. Other descriptors apply for other levels.

Our program supports learning across the humanities curriculum, general capabilities and in particular the Visual arts.

Victorian Government - Department of Education and Training

Visual Arts

In Levels 5 and 6, students explore how and why artists, craftspeople and designers realise their ideas through different visual forms, practices and processes. They develop conceptual and expressive skills.

As they make and respond to visual artworks, students explore a diversity of ideas, concepts and viewpoints. They draw ideas from other artists, artworks, symbolic systems, beliefs and visual arts practices in other cultures, societies and times.

Students extend their understanding of safe visual arts practices and choose to use sustainable materials, techniques and technologies.

Explore and Express Ideas

Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times as inspiration to create visual artworks (VCAVAE025)

Explore visual arts practices as inspiration to create artworks that express different ideas and beliefs (VCAVAE029)

Visual Arts Practices

Explore visual conventions and use materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to particular art forms, and to make artworks (VCAVAV026)

Select and apply visual conventions, materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to different art forms when making artworks (VCAVAV030)

Respond and Interpret

Identify and discuss how ideas are expressed in artworks from a range of places, times and cultures, including artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCAVAR028)


Identify and describe patterns of continuity and change in daily life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ‘native born’ and migrants in the Australian colonies (VCHHC085)

Significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society (VCHHK096)

Intercultural Capability

Analyse how aspects of their own and others lifestyle, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs can be culturally influenced (VCICCB009)


Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

Personal and Social Capability

Describe what it means to be confident, adaptable and persistent and why these attributes are important in dealing with new or challenging situations (VCPSCSE027)