Group Gallery Visits
GROUP GALLERY VISITS: YEARS
Volunteer Guides provide a choice of guided tours that welcome
secondary students to Auckland Art Gallery and its exhibitions and
They are flexible, ranging from a general gallery introduction
to those that offer more in depth engagement.
These tours can be designed to achieve your students learning
objectives by focussing on specific artists, collections and
PROGRAMME: YEARS 9-13
What do you think? Making Sense of Art
This educator facilitated programme focuses on encouraging
critical and creative thinking in students, using original works of
art as the starting point. It is designed to link to curriculum
needs by giving students the opportunity to transfer and extend on
skills and knowledge they are already developing in the classroom
setting, and apply these in a real world context.
The programme includes two separate sessions - a gallery
educator facilitated session, and a classroom teacher facilitated
The educator facilitated session includes:
- Analysis of two focus artworks, and discussion around the
formal and interpretive qualities of these.
- A debate! Students will participate in a group debate across a
range of artworks. There are three debate topics to select
- 'This is relevant to us today/This is not' in response to
- 'Of those on display, this artwork best represents a New
Zealand identity/This work doesn't' in response to New Zealand
- 'This is art/This is not art' in response to contemporary
artworks (not available Term 2 2013).
Options for debate are subject to availability.
The classroom teacher facilitated session can be used to fulfil
programme related or broader school curriculum goals. Optional
worksheets to support this part of the visit are provided too.
- Building a personal response to an artwork
- Analysing an artwork
- Thinking about roles and perspectives in developing
Due to the specific nature of the programme, the educator
facilitated session uses pre-defined artworks for the focus. If
these do not directly link to topics of study, the self-guided
session can be used to fulfil these needs.
We can support your self-guiding sessions by providing you with
optional worksheets to use with your students. Please request these
when you book your visit. These are the same worksheets used in the
secondary programme What do you think? Making Meaning from
Click here to view our
'Gallery Explorer' video.
Our schools programmes are Learning Experiences Outside The
Classroom, supported by the Ministry of Education.