Educational Visits

Our team have experienced tutors who deliver a wealth of teaching skills and a passion for knowledge sharing. Our excursions are popular for they are rich regional history and align with school syllabus, they also students an end of term activity that delivers historical immersion within the Dubbo Region. Our Bookings officer can tailor these experiences to meet your school group needs just get in touch to discuss what you are looking for.

SELF GUIDED TOURS
We welcome self-guided tours throughout the Gallery and Museum, we request groups be no larger than 15 students and must be accompanied by an adult. These tours are FREE but we request groups book a tour time by following the link below.

EXHIBITION TOURS
Our tour guides can take students through our current exhibitions to explore the installations, artists and mediums. Our permanent collection is focuses on the Animal in Art. Tours run for 25 minutes and cost is $6 per student.

MUSEUM EXCURSIONS
Each excursion is 25 minutes in duration and places are limited to 24 students, A teacher must accompany the students and the cost is $6 per student for each excursion.

1950'S CLASSROOM; is one our most popular excursions. Students will step back in time and experience a classroom from another generation. Stories told to them by their grandparents and cranky teachers, hard seats and the harsh discipline, will come to life while they have fun learning to write using a dip pen and ink.

DUBBO'S WOOL INDUSTRY; the wool industry made an important contribution to Dubbo’s early economic success and continues to flourish today. Students will learn about wool growing and processing, and the vital part played by the museum’s impressive wool wagon and wool press during the preparation, and transportation of wool to markets. There will be an opportunity to compare samples of wool from different breeds of sheep and see a spinning demonstration along with a hands-on activity creating a wool novelty item.

ART MAKING EXCURSIONS
These workshops all have syllabus links for K-12 including Creative Arts, Visual Arts, Visual Design, Critical and creative thinking, History, English & Literacy (Visual Poem). Each workshop is 2 hours in duration, limited to 25 students and must be accompanied by a teacher. Cost $18 per student each.

PRINTMAKING: Using the artworks in current exhibitions as inspiration, students will work with simple but effective relief printmaking techniques to produce unique works of art.The workshop includes a guided tour of the art gallery, professional instruction by a local artist and all materials. Students get a lot of satisfaction particularly as their artwork is ‘revealed’ in the printing process. We offer two levels of skill with this workshop depending upon age.

BUNYIP DIORAMA: Explore what a Bunyip is and its importance in Australian Aboriginal mythology. The creature that lurks in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. Then create your own mythical creature and a place for it to live.Using painting and card modelling techniques the student will create a unique diorama to take away with them.

VISUAL POEM: A visual poem has characteristics of a mixed-media composition in which non-representational language and visual elements occur.Using limited text and self-generated drawing, students will create a personal and unique narrative influenced by selected pieces within the walls of the gallery and museum.

These are great hands on activities that help students with dexterity and brain gym style processes. We welcome you to reach out to our bookings officer to discuss what activities could work best for your students.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
 

DUBBO HERITAGE WALK
Follow the Dubbo Heritage Walk and delve into the dark stories of Crime and Justice, if historical events intrigue you than the Society & Culture highlights significant events within the community and how Dubbo navigated the times.

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THE MACQUARIE RIVER

A comprehensive resource on The Macquarie River (Wambuul), outlining its catchment and native flora and fauna to its relationship with the Wiradjuri people and European settlement through to the cities most reliable source for water.

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DENDROGLYPHS

Dendroglyphs are carved designs on trees as markers for sites of significance to Aboriginal people, this set of resources allow students to explore the art of story telling through symbols. Dendroglyphs are not currently on display at the WPCC.

WPCC - Dendroglyphs- Floor Sheet

WPCC - Dendroglyphs- Worksheet 1

WPCC - Dendroglyphs- Worksheet 2

WPCC - Dendroglyphs- Worksheet 3

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WPCC
The site of WPCC during the early 1900's was Dubbo High School, follow the history of the school from architecture, schools magazine to its transformation to WPCC in this local history resource. 

From DHS to the WPCC

UPDATES

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The WPCC has Risk Assessments for school groups and a guide for visiting, if you would like to find out more on our CovidSafe plan please contact our Bookings Officer on 6801 4464.

76 WINGEWARRA STREET

PO BOX 81 DUBBO NSW 2830

 

W. westernplainsculturalcentre.org

E. contact@westernplainsculturalcentre.org

T. 02 6801 4444

F. 02 6801 4449

OPEN DAILY: 10am - 4pm

GALLERY CAFE: 9am - 4pm

Open until 6pm Friday Afternoons

 

Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

The Gallery Cafe also closed Christmas Eve.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION FREE
You can register your visit online or upon arrival at reception. 

(some special exhibitions may be ticketed)

Programming support provided by Create NSW