Programmes

Primary and Intermediate School Programme

All primary and intermediate school programmes are led by gallery educators and take place in the gallery spaces, with hands-on activities in the Learning Centre when time allows. The descriptions below indicate what you can expect from each session; each programme can be customised for your class age group and area of focus – simply chat with our team today.

 

 

Term 2 - Primary and Intermediate

Make the gallery your classroom this term, with several new exhibitions to learn from.

The Len Lye Centre hosts On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding which connects art with both the natural world and the world of books.

A selection of Lye’s smaller sculptures delve into the science behind kinetic art.

Showing in the Large Works gallery is Oskar Fischinger's Raumlichtkunst, a huge film installation that immerses students in motion, colour and music.

Open Collection #3: Tom in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is Tom Kreisler’s witty take on the everyday and is proving a great hit with students and teachers learning about pop-style painting. 

Upstairs Hany Armanious’s intriguing Selflok is a counterpoint to Len Lye’s sculpture that combines chemistry, story-telling and art.
 

Texture critter

8 Apr — 6 Aug
Y1 – 4, 75 mins

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What happens when art and nature cross-pollinate? Investigate the ideas behind On an Island finding out how Len Lye used the natural world – microscopic creatures, patterns, textures and materials – for ideas. We focus on the sense of touch using feely bags to create a descriptive poem then arrange textured objects to grow a composition. In the Learning Centre students experiment with sand, collage and glue to create a small artwork of an imaginative creature.

At school investigate the tiny creatures around us. Go for a hunt at school or home, indoors and outdoors – use a magnifying glass to observe them and draw. Make artworks with cold wax or crayons and dye showing rocky shore residents and rubbings from nature ie leaves, shells and bark.

Teachers, download the resource here

Sound, movement, colour

8 Apr — 6 Aug
Y1 – 4, 75 mins

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What colour is a sound?  Make marks and moves while watching Oskar Fischinger's abstract film Raumlichtkunst then investigate how visual and sound art connect. In the Learning Centre groups put it all together. We play found percussion instruments and make wrist bands to decorate with graphic marks that show music through colour and pattern. Next step is a colourful musical improvisation.

At school translate a drawing into movement and sound or vice versa. View and discuss the notation of a familiar song, sing it and experiment with its tempo and volume. Read and invent nonsense poems that play with words and sounds.

Mood map

27 Mar — 30 Jul
Y3 – 8, 75 mins

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Enter the world of Tom Kreisler to explore the games he plays with everyday graphics in the large and expressive paintings of Open Collection #3: Tom.  Students investigate how weather maps, numbers and letters, symbols and abbreviations can be combined to create surprising artworks. In the Learning Centre students invent a layered watercolour cartoon-style artwork that makes a funny forecast. 

At school sketch or photograph examples of visual language around your school, search the library for cartoon illustrations, what are the features of a cartoon? Studying static image? Make a poster of cut out and categorised diagrams, maps, graphs and tables.

Art journal

8 Apr — 6 Aug
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

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How do artists and authors inspire each other? Students use
On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding to focus on creative writing and design. We compare and contrast wall labels, poetry, science writing and promotional material and analyse their audiences. Students respond to the poems, book covers, and batiks by drawing and writing in their own journal. In the Learning Centre each student experiments with natural materials to produce a collaged book cover for their ideas to inhabit.

At school find out more about Len Lye and surrealism, design a poster for the exhibition, construct a group sculpture using natural materials.

Kitchen science sculpture

1 Apr — 23 Jul
Y5 – 8, 90 mins

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What happens when you mix flour with science, stir hard and add imagination?  We explore Hany Armanious’ Selflok fantasy science sculpture in the exhibition In Play. Student groups analyse its weird science processes then design a diagram to describe them. Student groups invent and act out the sculpture’s story. In the Learning Centre students brew dough to mould and shape, then assemble to create a class sculpture.

At school bring some cooking to a class lunch and explain the science behind its production. Bring a mystery object from home (or nana’s junk draw?) to use at school for creative writing about its past and future, or as a prop in a fantasy movie.

Abstract animation

Ongoing
Y5 - 8, 75 mins +

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How did old school animation work? We go to the flicks to discover how image, movement and sound are combined to create an illusion. In the Learning Centre students draw and sticker an animation sequence and set it in motion inside a gallery zoetrope (animation viewing device). Experience Oscar Fischinger’s 1926 ground breaking movie Raumlichtkunst (space, light, art) then analyse animation techniques used by Len Lye in Tusalava.

BYO your class video camera or cell phone to record students’ animations.

At school view Len Lye films online or the Colour Box DVD available from the Len Lye Centre shop.

Mural with a message

Ongoing
Y5 – 8, 90 mins

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Planning a mural for your school? Meet a gallery educator in Huatoki Plaza to collect mural ideas and gain an understanding of the problems in designing and painting one. Walk together up to the Len Lye Centre to visit Kureitanga II IV and gather ideas on how artists can communicate using abstract art techniques. We also practice some Te Reo linked to ngā toi and states of water. In the Learning Centre student groups create designs with an environmental or community message. Students collage their designs onto a school wall photo to plan their mural. Teachers, prior to your visit please email a photo of a recognisable empty school wall to gbeducation@govettbrewster.com


At school upload the Kureitanga II IV resource and view artist WharehokaSmith’s online interview

Exploring Len Lye

Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

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What can we learn from Len Lye? Introduce your students to the wonders of Len Lye’s art and the acclaimed architecture of the Len Lye Centre. Experience the multi-sensory exhibitions through interactive activities adaptable to your students’ learning needs and level.

Click through for related Term 2 exhibitions.


At school find out more about Len Lye and his art, start your search at www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

Kinetic kapahaka

Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

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Learn from Kureitanga II IV and Len Lye’s kinetic sculptures with a kapahaka focus. We discuss cultural sustainability through the use of waiata and poi then collect new kupu Māori on a poster and translate these using body shapes and movements.  In the cinema, students work in groups to put together a sequence of moves using glow-in-the-dark poi.

At school continue to practice using Te Reo from your poster and extend to new body movements in larger groups to help tell a story.

Tiaki taiao (caring for nature)

Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

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From the old to the new – what does contemporary art and Te Ao Māori have in common?  We experience Kureitanga II IV to introduce new understandings of an old Taranaki waiata, Pērā Hoki. Art making options include; create hieke (rain capes) from recycled plastic, construct transparent whare toi that express a caring for water message, make poi and add your own weather symbols.

At school extend on Te Reo by learning Pērā Hoki and use the provided image of Kureitanga II IV to find a geometric shape to enlarge, reflect, repeat, rotate etc create a mural design of your own. Weave a pattern with paper, plastic or harakeke and practise plaiting natural or synthetic fibres.

Coming up in Terms 3 & 4 - Primary and Intermediate

Len Lye was a Da Vinci figure combining science, technology and art. His art is ideal motivation for enquiries from many angles.

Science and innovation enquiry

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The Gallery’s Term 3 - 4 Len Lye exhibition is an opportunity to approach learning as an experiment. What do I want to know? How can I explore this further? Students develop their questioning skills to continue their investigation at school. Great links to science and technology strands related to light, materials, movement and nature. Contact the gallery educators to discuss this programme’s details.

Secondary School Programme

Secondary school visits to the Govett-Brewster are most successful when teachers and gallery educators collaborate. To inspire your programme we can shape a lesson tailored specifically for your students from Year 9 +.

Secondary art teachers taking part in the gallery schools programme consistently praise the sessions as relevant and thought provoking.

“Keep up the good work. Activities engaged students’ perceptions about visual art and oral aspects of art." - high school art teacher

Term 2 - Secondary

Selected exhibition themes are described by curriculum area and can be developed into a tour which includes worksheets, creative group activities or extended in the Learning Centre into workshops. Focus on art and photography or with teacher input, go cross-curricula, with architecture, materials technology, performing arts, and wider social contexts such as the functions of contemporary art and the role of museums including cultural tourism.

Top Art 2017

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noon Mon 22 May - noon Fri 26 May
Todd Energy Learning Centre

Inspire your students with this exhibition of New Zealand’s 2016 secondary schools’ NCEA Level 3 art portfolios that achieved Excellence or Scholarship.

Junior Art, Senior Art and Art History

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Open Collection #3: Tom offers students an alternative approach to painting characterised by humour, lightness of touch and expression.

Key points and learning activities include:

- use of graphics and text in art
- connections to Pop Art
- how to analyse a painting’s style and technique
 

Revealed #2 – Florian Pumhösl and Paul Bonet introduces students to a delicate modernist drawing style great for inspiring experiments in design and printmaking back at school.

 

The On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Grave and Laura Riding exhibition offers Design and Painting students a rare chance to see Ben Nicholson’s modernist paintings in the flesh as well as learn from Len Lye’s highly individual approach to book cover design, combining a surrealist sensibility with an eclectic range of media such as batik, mixed media and photograms.

 

Talk Art

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Can your students say more about art other than whether they like it or not? This general introduction to the exhibitions gives students confidence and skills to analyse art through discussion and instant activities. For Term 2 students discover the mood at the contemporary art museum by comparing and contrasting emotional associations of Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst, In Play, Open Collection #3: Tom, and Len Lye’s kinetic sculpture.

At school students could experiment with colour, composition, sound and movement to create art with emotion.

Direct film workshop

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75 mins minimum, 24 students maximum

How did Len Lye make films without a camera?

Students view Len Lye’s direct films then use cameraless hand animation techniques to create their own whole class 16mm film.

BYO school video camera or students’ cell phones to record animations.

 

Photogram workshop

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45 mins minimum

Why make photos without a camera? We discover how Len Lye’s photograms are different to other types of photography and why someone would make a photogram.  Key words include positive, negative, symbol, transparent, translucent and opaque. Get hands-on in the Learning Centre, experiment with the light properties of materials, arranging them on cyanotype paper to make a photogram. This unusual process combines science with art to make fantastic images. Try out our wearable camera obscura.

Māori Studies

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The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcomes Wharekura and Māori Studies classes to all exhibitions. Kaiako Māori Morgana James works with teachers to ensure visits meet language and hands-on activity needs.

Kureitanga II IV provides students with a challenging context to practice Te Reo, learn about the Taranaki waiata Pērā Hoki and see how contemporary artist WharehokaSmith re-interprets a traditional waiata.

At school view WharehokaSmith’s online interview

Contact Morgana James to discuss options gbeducation@govettbrewster.com

06 759 0858

Media Studies

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How did Len Lye’s cameraless films work? What can students learn from Oskar Fischinger’s (c.1926/2012) immersive installation Raumlichtkunst?

Inspired by innovative approaches to filmmaking and the stimulating exhibition environment, students deepen their knowledge of where film came from through a variety of hands-on options including zoetrope drawings, experiments with OHP colour projections and ‘direct’ filmmaking.

BYO school video camera or students’ cell phones to record animations.

The Len Lye Centre includes a state-of-the-art 62-seat cinema and access to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Medianet, enabling students’ year-round access to New Zealand’s rich history of film and television.

DVC and Materials Technology

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What has DVC and Technology got to do with art? Len Lye considered art, science and technology as one. His ideas and outcomes for kinetic sculptures align perfectly with the technology curriculum. Experiencing Len Lye’s work opens students to new design possibilities as they witness technologies, mechanical properties, engineering and movement in a range of transformations. Teachers please talk to the gallery’s education team about how we can connect your students with Len Lye.

Te Reo Māori

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcome kura kaupapa and bilingual classes to all exhibitions. Kaiako Māori Morgana James works with teachers to ensure visits meet their language and hands-on activity needs.

Contact Morgana James to discuss options  gbeducation@govettbrewster.com

06 759 0858