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PROGRAMMES: YEARS 1-8
Ways of Talking About Art
This special programme is not your average tour! Students will
have the opportunity to investigate ways to talk about and make
meaning from an artwork through discussion and activities. They
will walk away with strategies they can apply to help them engage
with artworks within the classroom and independently.
With a focus on a selection of around five artworks, and walk
through discussion on others, students will: explore and describe
artworks as objects themselves; investigate the ways these objects
convey the subject of the work; and consider how context impacts on
This programme is differentiated by age group, and offered for
students from years 1-8.
Available during term time Mon-Fri
FOUNDATION PROGRAMMES: YEARS
Our thematic Foundation programmes give students the opportunity
to build knowledge and skills across the curriculum through
meaningful engagement with art.
Rich creative and critical thinking is encouraged by lively
discussion and activity. Each programme explores four to five
artworks in the Gallery's spaces.
All Foundation programmes include both a gallery and studio
experience. Included with these programmes are FREE term-long
teaching resources for Levels 1-2 or 3-4.
How do artworks tell stories? Consider how some artists
use narrative techniques we are familiar with to visually story
tell. Then think about something completely new! How
does a gallery tell stories with many artworks at once? A
wonderful exercise in lateral thinking!
Available during term time, Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri
Portraiture and Identity
How do artworks convey identity in artworks? Learn about
how artists capture their own and others' identities through a
variety of artistic techniques, both traditional and
*Portraiture and Identity is not currently available. An
alternative programme, that can incorporate portraiture and the
concept of identity, is the Signs and Symbols programme. Please
identify this focus when you book.
Signs and Symbols
Explore how artworks communicate with us through symbols we can
detect and decipher. This programme explores the use of symbolic
objects within artworks, as well as ways in which artists
ingeniously play with their use of materials and elements in their
media to inspire our curiosity and stretch our thinking in new
Available during term time,
Landscape is dear to New Zealand hearts. Explore how artists
have responded to our landscape in wonderful and diverse ways.
Explore images of landscapes, identifying the techniques and
effects artists used. Then look at artworks that are completely
different! In these artworks, the landscape itself was really
the starting point...
Available from Term 3 2012,
PROGRAMMES: YEARS 5-8
Studio programmes are extended art-making sessions for groups of
older students. Students will take part in an intensive, four-hour
art-making session with an emphasis on the exploration of media and
Drawing inspiration from artwork on display in the Gallery and
examples of other related works, they will develop their creative
responses to artists and visual art themes using a variety of
processes, skills and materials.
- Wire and plaster figures
- Embossing and Collagraph
- Screen printing (up to 15 students)
Available during term time, Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri
Special Programmes may respond to exhibitions with a particular
focus (perhaps with a particular cross-curricular aim, with a focus
on critical/creative thinking skills, investigating certain types
of media), or involve artist interactions with students.
Some special programmes are developed in partnership with
external providers. In the past, the Gallery has collaborated with
the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries Dance
School, Auckland University, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
and The Edge Performing Arts Centre. Special programmes encompass a
diverse range of learning experiences.
Term 3 Special Studio Programme
Create an Ideal Home for Auckland Today
This exciting cross-curricular special programme incorporates
visual arts, technology, social studies and maths.
Students will respond to a brief to create an ideal home for
Auckland today. This theme is a key idea in the 5th Auckland
Children will explore the work of Triennial artist Michael Lin,
bringing their own knowledge and experiences combined with
research, to creatively problem solve some of the issues Auckland
An excellent opportunity to develop critical and creative
thinking as well as art-making skills.
Age groups: Years 5-8
Dates: Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 3 only
Maximum daily attendance: 30 students
Our schools programmes are Learning Experiences Outside The
Classroom, supported by the Ministry of Education.