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Our thematic Foundation programmes provide ākonga the opportunity to build knowledge and skills across the learning areas through meaningful engagement with, and creative responses to, art.

Creative and critical thinking and interpersonal skill development and wonder are encouraged through lively discussion, activity and creativity. Each programme includes two parts: one in the Gallery spaces, exploring three to five artworks, and another in the Taupuni Mahi | Studio, making art in response to the programme theme.

Included with these programmes are free term-long teaching resources for NZC Levels 1–2 or 3–4.

Our Storytelling Foundation programme provides ākonga the opportunity to build knowledge and skills across the learning areas through meaningful engagement with, and creative responses to, art.

Creative and critical thinking, interpersonal skill development and wonder are encouraged through lively kōrero, activities and creativity.

Each two and a half-hour programme includes:

  • One hour in the Gallery’s exhibition spaces, exploring a range of artworks +
  • One hour in the Taupuni Mahi Studio, making art in relation to the programme theme +
  • Half-hour break in the middle.

Storytelling

How do artworks tell stories? How do artists tell stories? How do galleries tell stories? And why?

Through play-based activities and building on prior knowledge, ākonga will creatively and critically make meanings of, and respond to, artworks.

In the exhibition spaces, educators will facilitate kōrero and activities to help ākonga unpack, interpret and engage with the stories told through artworks and curation.

In the Taupuni Mahi Studio, ākonga will experiment with materials, techniques and ideas to tell their own stories through creating artworks. 

  • Age groups: Years 0–8
  • Maximum group booking: 60 students

Before your visit

Use the booking form below to book a Storytelling programme for your group.

You can also download our Storytelling teachers pack and our schools framework ahead of your visit.