The Dark Heart learning program supports teacher and F-12 student engagement with contemporary art. Learning programs are aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Visual Arts learning area, and connect to the general capabilities and cross curriculum priority areas.

Learning opportunities offered through the program include:

  • Responding by using eyes, ears and imaginations
  • Discussing how and why works are made (and displayed)
  • Investigating a diversity of forms and exploring varieties of techniques and materials
  • Sharing what is seen as an audience
  • Making by experimenting with new or familiar materials to tell their own story

Some content in the Dark Heart exhibition may not be suitable for all visitors. Please contact Mark Fischer the DECD Education Manager based at the Art Gallery of South Australia  if you require further information regarding this exhibition, or the learning needs of your students.



Encourage students to take a closer look at selected works of art and explore key concepts in with the exhibition using our free Education Resource. Download it now.



Take a guided session with one of our Guides, or experience Dark Heart through independent self-guided group learning. Limited guided sessions available.

When: Weekdays during school term
Cost: Free (up to 30 students)
Bookings essential: Submit a school booking request or contact Learning at the Gallery (please provide 2-3 dates/times in order of preference).



Have you ever knocked on wood? Artist Julia Robinson presents The Studio, an immersive and interactive art space full of superstitions. Following a visit to the exhibition, students will respond to the space through making activities.

Early Years / Lower Primary Schools
(Preschool to Year 2)
Children are invited to be inspired by The Studio and create an imaginative ‘good luck talisman’ using simple construction techniques with a variety of materials.

Upper Primary Schools / Secondary Schools
(Years 3 to 9)
With a superstition problem to solve, students will collaborate in small teams to design imaginative ‘invention diagrams’ using 2D collage techniques.

Senior Secondary Schools
(Years 10 to 12)
Students will collaborate in small teams to make a hypothetical work for exhibition using a combination of 2D/3D objects and installation techniques.

When: Daily sessions, 11am–12pm, and 1-2pm following an exhibition viewing
Cost: Free, facilitator and all materials supplied. Limited to 30 students.
Location: The Studio, Lower Ground Floor
Bookings essential:  BOOKED OUT. For more information please contact Learning at the Gallery
The Studio is presented by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation.



Taking cues from the exhibition, artist / jeweller Lauren Simeoni leads innovative one-day workshops exploring contemporary practice through jewellery and object making. Following a guided session of the exhibition, participants will respond to artists’ works by transforming everyday materials to create unexpected sculptural forms.

Primary and Secondary Teacher Workshop
Possibilities for making and responding in the classroom will be explored. Certificates provided (linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers).
When: Thursday 17 April, 10am–4pm
Suitability: Primary and Secondary teachers
Location: Radford Auditorium
Cost: $95. All materials supplied and lunch included.
Limited to 20 participants.
Bookings essential: Contact Learning at the Gallery



Mark Fischer
DECD Education Manager

Ryan Sims
Education Support Officer

Telephone: 08 8207 7033
Fax: 08 8207 7070