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.

Current Exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Keep an eye on the SAM website for information on upcoming events or subscribe to our mailing list to have them sent directly to your inbox.

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 Out and About – A Museum Treat for Teachers!

When: Thursday 25 May
Where: A bus will depart from SAM: 8.00am and will return 5.30pm
Price: Teachers $50, Preservice Teachers $40 

Join us as SAM education heads to Melbourne to visit two very different Museum exhibition spaces. Working in collaboration with MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and JAHM (Justin Art House Museum) this Teacher Professional Development day will focus on Art and Industry contexts and the art of Christian Thompson. 

Art Collectors, Charles and Leah Justin will tour teachers through their House museum and provide an insight into their unique art space, collection focus and current exhibition Digital: The World of Alternative Realities. A lunch will be provided in their apartment upstairs following this personalised tour. 

In the afternoon we will visit MUMA and join curator, Charlotte Day and educator, Melissa Bedford for an introduction to the exhibition, Christian Thompson: Ritual intimacyThis is the first survey exhibition of one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists. Thomspon’s work features within the SAM collection and will also be highlighted further in SAM’s 2017 exhibition calendar. This tour provides a valuable insight into the breadth of Thompson’s practice and is certainly an opportunity not to be missed. 


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. 

Freshwater – Art & Literacy Teacher Network PD

When: Thursday 27 April, 3 – 5pm in the SAM workroom and gallery
Price: Free

Using artworks in the Freshwater exhibition, artist and teacher, Meg Doller will present a practical workshop focusing on strategies for building and developing student art language and literacy skills in the classroom. All materials and resources will be provided. 

This session will be followed by SAM Out Late! Curatorial Floor Talk with SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates (5.30-6.30pm) so be sure to book in via the SAM website.

2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award: Teacher Network PD

When: Thursday 22 June, 2 – 4pm in the SAM workroom and gallery
Price: Free

This session will be developed in response to the exhibition and present a practical activity lesson that teachers will feel confident in delivering back in the classroom. A resource kit will be provided to support classroom use. Further details to be provided soon.


Visual Thinking Strategies in the classroom

When: Wednesday 10 May, 4pm to 5pm
Price: Free

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.

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 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.