Secondary School Workshops

Our workshops give secondary school students an opportunity to explore their own creativity, develop their design thinking and learn something about their own problem-solving skills.

Students are challenged to consider their impact on the environment and to apply creative and sustainable thinking to a variety of subject areas including:

  • Design and Technology
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Science, Mathematics and Physics

We can customise workshops to support your unit of work, theme or focus.

The most popular option for secondary groups is about 2.5 hours which might include a warehouse exploration tour, a recycling challenge and a hands-on maker workshop. We can incorporate a history component or even an outdoor drawing session amongst our large sculpture works.

Our warehouse is full of interesting and eclectic materials from industrial and commercial sources that are guaranteed to inspire creativity and innovation in your students. 

Pricing: An individual quote will be provided depending on the minimum expected numbers and length of your visit. As an indication, prices for 1.5 hour visit range from $12.50 to $18pp. Alternatively you might like us to work to your budget.

The following travel fees apply: 5-15km from Reverse Garbage (one way as determined by Google maps) $25, 16-30km = $50, 31-50km = $75, over 50km =$100

Our Secondary School Workshops


Duration: 2 hours
Venue: available at our place or yours
Capacity: maximum 30 students
Subjects: Technological and Applied Studies including Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, and Creative Arts including Visual Arts and Design

Make your own upcycled creation from our eclectic range of industrial and commercial discards. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to work individually or in pairs to design and construct a re-purposed item. They will work to a design brief and a budget, and have access to hand tools. The warehouse is open to choose materials and one of our experienced artist educators facilitates students through the construction process.

Talk & Tour for Secondary Education

Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: maximum 5-30 students
Venue: only available on-site at Reverse Garbage
Subjects: We can tailor a session to suit the context: education, art, sculpture, jewellery, millinery, upholstery and furniture, textiles, design, technology, education, interior design, drama or photography.

Introduce your students to the innovative and inexpensive possibilities of sustainable reuse materials. In this one hour session, students will be introduced to reuse materials and given tips and tricks on how to work with items that were originally designed for a different purpose. Students will be given a budget and a design challenge, and then set free in the warehouse with plenty of time to discover and collect materials. Finds are brought back to our Makerspace for a collaborative discussion with a reuse expert on how best they can be used in the context of their project. 

Custom Workshop

Get in touch to learn more about what we can do for you! Workshops can be customised to support your current unit of work. Recent examples of customised workshops have included:

  • Reuse Christmas decorations, wreaths and table centre-pieces.
  • Halloween decorations, masks and costumes.
  • an Inventions workshop for a Year 7 English class, inspired by the Brian Selznick novel ‘The invention of Hugo Cabret’
  • a Future Creatures workshop for a Year 8 Biology class during Science Week
  • a Storm Sculptures workshop.
  • a Kokedamas-making workshop.

Got a question?

Get in touch to learn more about what we can do for you! Workshops can be customised to support your current unit of work. Simply click below to connect with our education team, and we’d be glad to answer any questions you have.


Thanks again for the most interesting and thought provoking workshop for the students of PetershamTAFE. I will never look at a staple in the same way again.

Petersham, TAFE NSW

Thank you for a fantastic visit to Reverse Garbage last week. It was a great introduction to our sustainability project and the students really enjoyed it.

Granville Boys High School

Thank you for leading such an enjoyable workshop with my Year 9  Design & Technology class. There was a great balance of discussion, historical information and time to explore and make.

St Clare’s College, Waverley

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