Schools Program

Galnyatj! Inspire, Learn, Create Art 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.

Artists Tammy-Lee Atkinson and Jack Anselmi, Galnyatj assistant Tarli Dean Atkinson and Galnyatj Coordinator Ally Knight. Photo: Kaiela Arts

Kaiela Arts’ Galnyatj Schools Program offers students and teachers opportunities to experience and learn about local Aboriginal stories, culture and history through art making and yarning with our artists.

Galnyatj runs every Tuesday in our gallery and studio spaces and is open for bookings from both primary and secondary schools in the Goulburn Valley. We can accommodate excursion groups in either a morning or afternoon program.

Gallery talks, ceramics, drawing and painting workshops, storytelling, weaving and dance are some of the workshops we currently have on offer, providing unique opportunities to build understanding of Aboriginal cultural value and Aboriginal ways of seeing, doing, knowing and being.

To enquire about your school visiting Kaiela Arts please email

Or fill out an expression of interest form.


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)