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Dates & times

On demand (subject to availability)


Running Time

AMV Poster Design:
2 hours

Primary Bill Poster Design:
1.5 hours

Secondary Bill Poster Design:
1.5 hours or 3.5 hours, including half hour lunch break

Price range

AMV Poster Design

Per Student
$22.00

Bill Poster Design

Per student (1.5 hour)
$18.00
Per student (3.5 hour)
$24.00

Minimum charge is for 15 students

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

Suitability – Years 5 - 12

Spread the word about your upcoming event with custom Bill Posters designed by your students! 

In Creating a Bill Poster, participants will be taken through the history and basics of bill posters and visual communication via images from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection. Students then create their own posters using Adobe Photoshop for a specific event relevant to your school and community.

If you are interested in creating Bill Posters with a contemporary music focus, opt for the Australian Music Vault Poster Design workshop. Using contemporary Australian examples to guide their creativity, students will create their own posters for a real or imagined music event using Photoshop. The Australian Music Vault is a new exhibition at Arts Centre Melbourne that will celebrate the past, present and future of Australian contemporary music. Delving into the extensive Australian Performing Arts Collection, objects will be on display for schools and the general public that will inspire and engage, telling the stories of the Australian music industry and its fans.

Choosing a workshop

Use the table below to help decide which workshop is right for your students. Please get in touch with us if you would like to tailor the workshop to suit your curriculum planning.

Workshop Bill Poster Design
1.5 hours or 3.5 hours
Australian Music Vault Experience - Poster Design
2 hours
Suitability Year 5 – Year 12 Year 5 – Year 12
Workshop Content
  • Learn about the evolution of the Bill Poster through images from the Australian performing Arts Collection, including examples detailing the history of the Performing Arts in Australia going back as far as the mid-1800s.
  • Learn basic editing in Photoshop
  • Learn basic design principles
  • Learn about typography, visual balance, filters and effects
  • Learn about Poster design through the Australian Music Vault collection of contemporary music posters
  • Learn basic editing in Photoshop
  • Learn basic design principles
  • Learn about typography, visual balance, filters and effects. Students are encouraged to explore the Australian Music Vault before coming to this workshop. You can download a Teacher’s Guide to the Vault here.

 

Before the workshop

Before attending this workshop, choose a school event you would like your students to advertise.

This workshop works particularly well if advertising a real life event. Some events students have made advertisements for include:

Production, Musical or Eisteddfod

Fete or Market

Arts Exhibition

Students can use the Bill Poster Pro-Forma template to get started - it outlines the details that need to be included.

During the workshop

  • Learn about the evolution of the Bill Poster through images from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection (1.5 and 3 hour version) / Learn about the history of band posters through images from the Australian Music Vault (AMV Experience workshop)
  • Learn basic editing in Photoshop
  • Learn basic design principles
  • Learn about typography, visual balance, filters and effects

After the workshop

Student work will be made available for download after the workshop, emailed to the teacher making the booking.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
Personal and Social

Teaching Resources

Arts Ads: Poster Design Resources

Australian Music Vault Classification Guide


  • Australian Music Vault

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