Not Just a Brush

Region: Metro South and West Regional South | Gymea
Primary students and teachers
Local arts program Visual arts
Tags: Teacher professional development (PD)

Not Just a Brush (NJAB) is a visual arts program for NSW public schools. The program includes teacher professional learning workshops and culminates in an art exhibition for Kindergarten to Year 6 students in a professional gallery at the end of the year.

The NJAB program provides teachers with skills they can take back to school and use in their classrooms with their students to create artworks over a period of time, incorporating a variety of forms and media. 

Students then have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks in a professional gallery exhibition.

This program aims to enhance the status and value of visual arts in schools and local communities. It enables students to develop skills in critiquing art and to see themselves and their peers as young artists. 

    Professional learning

    2024 dates

    Friday 7 June 2024 – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre


    9:00 am – 4:00 pm


    $185.00 per person

    To register

    Go to MyPL and search course name Not Just a Brush or course code NR43278


    This teacher PL will enable teachers to:

    • update their knowledge and practice by working with their colleagues and professional artists
    • learn about the properties of various natural and man-made materials and ways in which they can alter the state of these to make marks on paper or create sculptures
    • view and discuss artworks and examine the forms and objects within, looking specifically at each artist's unique styles and creativity
    • develop their ability to use artworks as a starting point for supporting their students to create their own 2D and 3D art
    • use the knowledge acquired to build sequential visual arts lessons, which will assist their students to develop artworks sequentially and understand that an artwork may not necessarily be finished in one sitting.

    The workshop makes a point of addressing the use of readily available and inexpensive, found and recycled materials, incorporating these into lesson planning. The delivery of feedback that encourages students to take risks in their creative application is embedded in lesson planning.

    2024 exhibition


    Nominations for schools to participate in the 2024 Not Just A Brush Exhibition will open in Term 3 2024. 


    • Friday 25 October - Tuesday 12 November 2024 – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre


    $185.00 excluding GST per school (not per artwork).

    Resources to support exhibition participation


    Katherine Horner
    Michelle Murphy
    Arts Coordination Officer
    Riverwood Education Office
    0425 384 484


    Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
    782 The Kingsway
    Gymea NSW 2227

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    Jannali East Public School
    500 Box Road
    Jannali NSW 2226

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