This programme, developed and facilitated by poet-educators from Action Education, supports students to tell their own stories through poetry, inspired by the visual art they experience at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Schools can select whether they want to take up the one or two workshop versions of this programme.

To support Achievement Standards:

English: 1/2/3.4 1/2/3.2 1.11 2.10 3.9

Learning intentions:

Students will:

  • Identify a range of visual language features and understand their effects
  • Use a widening range of language features to create meaning and sustain interest
  • Develop ideas that show depth of thought and awareness of a range of viewpoints
  • Convey their personal voice

Workshop 1 (optional):

Based at school. Maximum of five classes per day.

Each class participates in a 1 hour introduction session with Action Education, thinking about ways of sharing ideas through poetry and how visual art might connect with this. Educators will also prepare students for what it will be like visiting Auckland Art Gallery.

Workshop 2:

Based at Auckland Art Gallery. Maximum two classes per day.

Classes participate in a 1 hour 45 minute workshop facilitated by Action Education staff. The programme operates in the Gallery spaces, and is highly interactive. Students will each develop a piece of poetry from participation in this programme.

Only one class can participate in the programme at a time. Therefore, if two classes visit, each class will have a period of non-facilitated time. Students must be accompanied by teachers during this period. Part of this time should be used for a lunch break. For the rest of that time, classes are welcome to stay onsite at the Gallery (there are a number of worksheets and support resources on our website for students of English). Alternatively, you may wish to spend time offsite. 

1 hour 45 minutes or 1 hour + 1 hour 45 minutes
Years 7–10

Cost: $8 per student, per workshop ($16 for both workshops)
Availability: Term 4 2017

Please email to discuss your needs and support resources we offer to assist you.