Secondary Schools & Students

Secondary Schools & Students

Adelaide Central School of Art connects secondary school students and teachers with some of the best contemporary arts professionals in South Australia. We offer a range of learning experiences for students and teachers including:

  1. Short Courses 6-week designed for teenagers delivered after school during the term

Short Courses for Teens

Unleash your creative skills with Short Courses designed specifically for teensagers aged 13 – 17 years old. 

We offer dynamic, 6-week Teen Short Courses each term of the academic year. Each course is designed with a different focus and skill level in mind, so that students can choose which course and level best suits them. Led by experienced educators who are passionate about sharing their love of art, students are encouraged to explore new techniques in a supportive and inspiring environment. 

Our Teen Short Courses focus on the development of technical skills in areas such as:

  • Portraiture
  • Digital drawing
  • Observation
  • Colour theory
  • Character design
  • Contemporary art

Please be aware that courses often sell out quickly. To be notified as soon as our Short Course Program is released please sign up to our mailing list. We also offer teen intensives as part of our Summer School and Winter School programs, which are also released on our Short Courses page. 

ACSA quote marks

‘Fantastic choice of activities, with a great mix of new, less common skills and learning upon older, more common skills. Teachers were fantastic at providing new information and catering to multiple ranges of skill level. 10/10, will do again.’

2022 Teen Course Student

School Workshops

We offer bespoke workshops designed specifically for your secondary students’ needs. Taught by practicing artists, we can cater to your curriculum requirements and provide information about further study and career pathways in the arts.

Delivered at your school or at our Glenside campus, these workshops focus on the development of skills in the fundamental practices of drawing, painting, and sculpture, while challenging participants to explore different ways of thinking through the visual arts.

We can host groups of up to 12 students between 9am – 3pm at our Glenside campus most weekdays. Hosting larger groups is subject to studio availability, but we are also happy to work with you to deliver a workshop at your school.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Close at 


ACSA quote marks

‘The environment, lecturers and even the students are all so nice, and surprisingly like-minded, its like everyone has something in common. The environment and the lecturers are so chill and so its easy to feel relaxed and comfortable drawing/painting/etc.’

2021 Teen Course Student

Opportunities for Teachers

Adelaide Central School of Art offers a wide range of opportunities for Secondary School Teachers.

Our Short Courses can be undertaken as Professional Development with certificates provided upon completion. This makes it easy for you to continue your own education, enhancing your skills and practical knowledge. Our courses are designed to meet your individual needs and help you grow as an educator.

In addition to our short courses, we also host the annual VAESA conference at our award-winning Glenside Campus. This conference provides a platform for you to connect with other educators, share ideas, and learn about new approaches to teaching art.

Our exhibitions are open to the public, and we welcome teachers and their classes to book a free tour of Adelaide Central Gallery and our Teaching and Studio Building. This is a great way for you and your students to experience contemporary art and engage with local visual artists. 

VAESA Conference 2024

Join the Visual Art Educators South Australia (VAESA) at their 2024 Annual Conference – Revitalising Art Ed: Sparking Creative Connections
Delegates have the choice to join not one, but two, exciting conference events:
Day One: Friday 20 September 9:15am – 4pm
Carclew, North Adelaide
·         Keynote speaker: Rebecca Hastings
·         Peer led PD breakout sessions
·         Workshops featuring VR, Art History and Gel Plate printing
·         Sponsor tables: Eckersley’s, Premier Art Supplies, Carclew
Breakout sessions and workshop descriptions here
Day 1 Conference Program – Click here!
Day Two: Saturday 21 September 9:30am – 4:00pm
Adelaide Central School of Art, Glenside Cultural Precinct
A day of practical workshops led by lecturers from Adelaide Central School of Art.
Breakout session descriptions here
Day 2 Conference Program – Click here!

15% discount on all Short Courses for VAESA members and a 10% discount at the ACSA gift shop. 

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