Zine-making: words + art + identity

120 minutes
Year level
Year: 8–VCE
$170 per group (up to 25 students)
25 students. Note: programs do not run on Mondays.

This hands-on workshop for secondary students explores how authors have expressed themselves through art and zines from medieval times to today's contemporary scene.

Students will learn zine-making techniques from an experienced educator and create their own take-home zine.

The program also includes a guided tour of the Library's World of the book exhibition.

Student experience

Students will:

  • learn about the history and culture of self-publishing and independent publishing
  • see examples of different writing and illustrative styles artists and authors have used to express themselves throughout history
  • visit the World of the book exhibition, and discover a vast range of significant historical publications, artist books and contemporary works from State Library Victoria's collection
  • learn book and zine-making techniques and create their own zine
  • visit the iconic domed La Trobe Reading Room.

Skills development

This program links to the Victorian Curriculum and assists students to:

  • create literary texts that reflect an emerging sense of personal style and evaluate the effectiveness of these texts (VCELT476)
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of visual artworks from different cultural, historical and contemporary contexts to explore differing viewpoints (VCAVAR046)
  • synthesise information from multiple sources and use lateral thinking techniques to draw parallels between known and new solutions and ideas when creating original proposals and artefacts (VCCCTQ034).

Excursion funding

Thanks to our generous philanthropic partners, Victorian schools with an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) ranking of less than 1000 may be eligible to receive funding towards program and transport costs. You can look up your school's score on the My School website.

The Library can offer limited bus funding reimbursements, and program waivers for up to four groups per booked excursion. This offer is available until funding has been exhausted.

If you would like to be considered for excursion funding, please add your details when completing the online booking form.

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.

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