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.

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858 

Term 1 - Primary and Intermediate

Make the gallery your classroom. Come face to face with art as your students have a creativity upgrade. The learning available from contemporary art and that of Len Lye reaches across the curriculum. Gallery education programmes immerse students in art. They come away knowing how to participate, becoming thoughtful gallery viewers with transferable skills and knowledge.

Big Bang Painting

Visual Art
19 Dec – 25 Apr
Y 1 – 6, 90 mins

Info

How can art tell us about mysteries of nature? We tour the exhibition Len Lye: Big Bang Theory to learn how Len Lye combined his observation of nature with indigenous art to create paintings showing people’s connection to nature. Students make links between Len Lye’s paintings and science images of unseen ‘worlds’. In the Learning Centre students collaborate to paint a large dye and crayon artwork that reveals mysteries of nature.

 

At school

Make drawings of mini beasts magnifying them to observe detail.

Research Australian and Pacific and Melanesian indigenous art. How is nature depicted?

Read Māori creation myths, look at whakairo, how do carvings show stories in visual ways?

Research Len Lye and Biomorphic Surrealism.

Make cross section drawings of the insides of onions, wood, bread, flowers and vegetables.

Investigate science and stories about how the world was formed including the story of Rangi and Papa.

Find pictures of worlds we can’t see because they are too tiny, far away, deep or long ago.

 

Forces of nature sculpture park

Visual Art/Science: Physical World/Technology
6 Feb – 25 Apr
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

Info

How was Len Lye inspired by our amazing world to create kinetic sculptures and paint incredible environments? We visit Len Lye: Big Bang Theory, and his kinetic sculptures Blade and Ribbon Snake to learn how Len Lye combined his childhood experiences, imagination and observation to create new worlds. Students brainstorm words describing forces of nature (energy) and invent body moves inspired by extreme forces. In the Learning Centre students invent simple sculptures and place them in their group’s collaged diorama to create a sculpture park that’s out of this world.

 

At school

Share a science-fiction book and describe its special features.

Make kinetic drawings, marble roll or dragging paint loaded string.

Use your forces of nature brainstorm for poetry writing, then dance your poem.

Find out about Māori ‘gods’ associated with forces of nature.

Design a poster or promo video for your sculpture theme park that describes its movements and sounds.

Mind map problems and solutions to building your sculpture park full size.

 

Dance a painting

Dance/Visual Art
29 Jan – 25 Apr
Y 1 – 4, 75 mins

Info

Fingers become flicks and legs become lines – we use our whole bodies to experience paintings in Len Lye: Big Bang Theory. As a class we use story starters to create a collection of action words and invent moves on the theme of growth, under the earth, under the water. We connect Len Lye’s abstract films to movement. In the Learning Centre student groups capture each other’s body moves to create a life sized layered drawing to the sound of music.


At school

Practise body awareness activities and games. 

Make masks based on your dance story.

Make a movie of your danced painting.  

Investigate science and stories about how the  world was formed including the story of Rangi and Papa.

Find pictures of worlds we can’t see because they are too tiny, far away, deep or long ago.

 

 

Ngā toi Māori banners

Visual Art/Ngā Toi/Te Reo Māori/Maths: Geometry
10 Mar – 29 Apr
Y 1 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Connect banners and art with whanau and whenua. We tour Abstractions: Works from the Govett-Brewster Collection, Kureitanga II IV and Whakapapa IV. We learn about the importance of whakapapa, practise Te Reo and discover meanings behind some shapes and patterns seen in whakairo and tukutuku. Students experiment with geometric transformations and positive and negative shapes. In the Learning Centre students arrange wooden relief shapes under fabric, rubbing with pastel to create a banner of symbols about their family or place. 

This lesson has great links to Puke Ariki’s ‘Te toi Raranga‘ lesson and ‘Parihaka: Contested Ground’ guided research session so plan now for a rotation between the museum and art gallery.

 

At school

Practise geometry language and use it to describe raranga, tukuktuku and kowhaiwhai.

Capture patterns in nature – irregular and regular shapes, positive and negative.

Use geometric ideas from tukutuku to create a group mural design.

Weave a pattern with paper, plastic or harakeke.

Learn about whakapapa and why it’s important.

Find out about Taranaki carving symbols and styles.

Analyse the meanings of flags or banners.

 

Sculpture sun hat

Visual Art/Technology/Wearable art
6 Feb – 25 Apr
Y 1 – 8, 90 mins

Info

How did Len Lye use creativity and innovation to make his art? We visit Blade and Ribbon Snake to learn about Len Lye’s ‘number 8 wire’ approach to problem solving, including any artist’s first problem – how to get a good idea. We discuss the importance of innovation and creativity in wider society. Students use problem solving skills to design a sculpture ‘sun hat’ that protects from the sun and uses the sun’s energy.

This lesson has strong links to Puke Ariki’s “Creativity and innovation” exhibition, so plan now for a rotation between the museum and art gallery.


At school

Students photograph each other wearing their design then label their photo with special features.

Creativity and innovation in wearable art – analyse your own outfit, why do we have buttons, zips, laces, domes, velcro, seams?  

What did Polynesian cultures traditionally use to make clothes?

History and advances in wearable technology – eg. footwear, watches, fit bits, glasses

Clothing technology in te Ao Māori and Polynesia – Puke Ariki’s education programme Te Toi raranga  has a focus the art and technology of weaving.

Where does clothing design start – fashion or problem solving?

Extend the idea behind your sculpture sunhat to a complete outfit.

Find out about sustainable clothing manufacturing.

 

Outdoor art

Murals/sculptures – bring street art to your school
Visual Art/Ngā toi/Te Reo
Ongoing
Y 5 – 8, 120 mins

Info

Planning an artwork for your school? Meet a Gallery educator in Huatoki Plaza to collect mural and/or sculpture ideas and gain an understanding of the problems in designing a public artwork. 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 practise Te Reo linked to ngā toi. In the Learning Centre student groups create designs with an environmental or community message. Students collage their designs onto a school wall/playground photo to plan their mural/sculpture. Teachers, prior to your visit please email a photo of a recognisable empty school wall to gbeducation@govettbrewster.com


At school

View artist WharehokaSmith’s online interview

Exploring Len Lye

Visual Art/Dance
Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

Info

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.

See the Len Lye: Big Bang Theory and Len Lye: Blade for relevant exhibitions.


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

Abstract animation

Visual Art/Science: Physical world/Technology
Ongoing
Y5 - 8, 75 mins +

Info

How did old school animation work? What makes Len Lye’s films still cool today? We go to the flicks to discover how image, movement and sound are combined to create an illusion. Students analyse animation techniques and use gallery zoetropes (animation viewing devices) to create their own moving image.

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 Govett-Brewster Shop or loan from the Gallery educators.

Teachers, download the Len Lye: Abstract Animation resource here

Kinetic kapahaka

Visual Art/Ngā toi/Te Reo
Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

Info

Learn from Kureitanga II IV, Whakapapa IV and Len Lye: Blade with a kapahaka focus.

We collect new kupu Māori on a poster and translate these using body movement.  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.

Term 2 - Primary and Intermediate

Come face to face with art as your students have a creativity upgrade. The learning available from contemporary art and that of Len Lye reaches across the curriculum. Gallery education programmes immerse students in art. They come away knowing how to participate, becoming thoughtful gallery viewers with transferable skills and knowledge.

Celebrate Puanga

Visual Art/ Ngā toi Māori/Social Science
12 May – 22 Jul
Y 1 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Celebrate Puanga and discover connections between this special Taranaki tradition and contemporary art. Visit the exhibitions Open Collection: Tätai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope and Whakapapa IV and Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish. Student learning touches on the environment, creation legends and the stars, and their place in te ao Māori. After focusing on artists’ use of symbols, pattern and clay to communicate a message we head to the Learning Centre. Younger students use new knowledge and acquire new skills by making wearable clay ornaments and older students sculpt decorative clay instruments.

At school

Find out why Taranaki iwi celebrate Puanga instead of Matariki

Read legends associated with the stars

Learn Te Reo for our planets and seasons

Find out about New Year celebrations from a variety of cultures

Invent a drama inspired by the legend of Hinepohurangi

Construct a manutukutuku (kite) or other art to celebrate Puanga

Māori astronomy revealed, see https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

Investigate connections between stars, navigation and time

Research Filipe Tohi’s lalava pattern inspired artwork including his big public sculpture Halamoana (corner Powderham and Brougham Streets, New Plymouth)

 

Te Reo for mainstream schools

Te Reo Māori /Visual Art/ Ngā toi Māori/Social Science
12 May – 22 Jul
Y 1 – 8, 75 – 90 mins

Info

Join Kaiako Jess Marshall in a lesson designed to support schools’ Te Reo Māori programmes. The exhibition Open Collection: Tätai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope has been curated especially for education visitors and provides a wonderful opportunity to build Te Reo Māori skills using the context of Puanga and contemporary art. Please contact the education team to discuss the best approach for your class.

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

 

DIY music video

Visual Art/Dance/Technology
12 May — 22 Jul
Y 4 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Mix and mash old and new technology to create a Len Lye style class music video. In the exhibitions Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks and Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century we learn where movies came from and what’s special about music videos. We experiment with light and movement. In the Learning Centre student groups use zoetropes, kaleidoscopes, shadow play and dance to the beat creating a crazy mix of moving images. Selected students film the learning process. Teachers, BYO music and phone, ipad or video cameras

At school

Compose and play your own rhythms to match your video

Familiarise students with art they will see on the visit — watch videos by artists Jodie Mack, Steve Cossman and Oskar Fischinger

https://vimeo.com/8375376

https://vimeo.com/126709598

http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/40199177019

View Len Lye films online or the Colour Box DVD available from the Govett-Brewster Shop or loan from the Gallery educators

Download the Len Lye: Abstract Animation resource here

You Tube music videos from different decades and styles to compare and contrast

What is Weta Workshop? http://wetaworkshop.com/services/company-overview/

Ask a grandparent about going to the movies when they were young

Practise poi moves with waiata

Find out about other artists who focus on movement eg. Alexander Calder http://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-alexander-calder

 

Creativity challenge

Visual Art/Technology
12 May — 15 Jul
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Students get their thinking caps on using art and technology to solve a room-sized problem. We tour the exhibition Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century to discover the problems Len Lye solved to make his sculptures. We also visit the exhibition Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish to learn how to get good ideas. Students use problem solving skills to design and transform the Gallery’s Learning Centre into a sensory playground for younger children. Each group constructs a simple ‘environment’ which is then tested and evaluated by other students.

This lesson has strong links to Puke Ariki’s ‘Creativity and innovation’ lesson, so plan now for a rotation between the museum and art gallery.

At school

What are some Taranaki examples of problem solving?

What is the story behind the solution? The design process, from problem to outcome to testing and evaluation

Research traditional games from te ao Māori

How did traditional Māori use technology?

What makes a good playground? How could your school playground be improved?

Ask your parents and grandparents about the best places they   played and why they loved it

Make a sense trail around your classroom

Explore the sonic properties of objects found in the classroom; tap, rattle and play them to create your own soundscape

Eco emoji

Visual Arts/Music/Science
12 May — 22 Jul
Y1 – 6, 90 mins

Info

Classes listen, look, sniff, feel and think their way through the exhibitions Free Radicals, Sriwhana Spong and Len Lye exhibitions. Student groups practice using language in creative ways to capture their own and others’ sensory responses. Why do these artists make art and what are they communicating? We think about how symbols of language work. In the Learning Centre students use spices, colours and textures to create their own ‘eco’ emoji with a message about caring for birds and bats of Aotearoa.

This lesson has strong links to Puke Ariki’s ‘Ngā Kōrero Mō Te Mounga’ and Taranaki Wetlands lessons. Plan now for a rotation between the museum and art gallery.

At school

What endangered birds and bats do we have in Taranaki?  How can we help them?   http://taranakimounga.nz/restoration/our-birds/

http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/bats-pekapeka/

Explore the sonic properties of found objects. Tap, rattle and play them to create your own soundscape

What smell does a colour have?

Focus on your senses and the connections between them. Make designs from spices and pulses rangoli-style
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangoli

Use a feely box to experience texture and draw what you can touch 

Write without words, use emoji and visual symbols or a code to get a message across

Abstract animation

Visual Art/Science: Physical world/Technology
Ongoing
Y5 - 8, 90 mins

Info

Discover how old school animation works and give it a go. What makes Len Lye’s films still cool today? We go to the flicks, viewing Len Lye’s abstract films to discover how image, movement and sound are combined to create an illusion. Students analyse animation techniques and use gallery zoetropes (animation viewing devices) to create their own moving image. BYO your class video camera, phone or ipad to record students’ animations.

At school

View Len Lye films online or the Colour Box DVD available from the Govett-Brewster Shop or loan from the Gallery educators.
Download the Len Lye: Abstract Animation resource here.

 

Exploring Len Lye

Visual Art/Dance
Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

Info

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. See Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century and Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks for relevant exhibitions.

At school

Find out about Len Lye at http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

 

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

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 visual art 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.

Media Studies

12 May – 22 Jul

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How did cameraless movies work? What makes Len Lye’s films still so cool? Inspired by innovative approaches to filmmaking and the stimulating exhibition Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks, 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 a ‘direct’ film workshop.

The Gallery’s state-of-the-art 62-seat cinema shows experimental film, arthouse and cult films and film festival programming. Special screenings can be arranged by appointment. Please contact Gallery educators for further information or find out what’s on here

Direct film workshop
Inspired by Len Lye’s direct films students use cameraless hand animation techniques to learn how to create their own whole class 16mm ‘direct’ film. No cost, contact Gallery educators for details.

 

Artist workshop - Direct Film

Sat 12 May | 10.30 – 4.30 pm
Todd Energy Learning Centre
Ages 12+ | Entry by donation
Booking essential | 20 max

Info

Get experimental like Len Lye and the artists in Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks and join filmmaker Steve Cossman as he leads a workshop making your own ‘direct’ film.

Top Art 2018

Mon 18 Jun 12pm – Fri 22 Jun 12pm
Todd Energy Learning Centre

Info

An exhibition of New Zealand’s 2017 secondary schools’ NCEA Level 3 art portfolios that achieved Excellence or Scholarship. Please contact Gallery educators to book class visits.

 

Sculpture, senses and semiotics

12 May - 22 Jul

Info

Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish challenges students to make connections between a variety of artworks that are mysteriously linked. Students experience the multi-discipline approach to contemporary sculpture practise including Sriwhana’s surprising use of materials, reference to a historic female mystic, ritual, smell, taste, sound and semiotics.

 

Talk Art

Ongoing

Info

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.

Sculpture, technology and society

25 Apr - 15 Jul

Info

Focus on sculpture or with teacher input, go cross-curricula, with architecture, materials technology, and wider social contexts such as the functions of contemporary art and the role of museums including cultural tourism. Students experience Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century and analyse Lye’s sculptures in terms of scale, material properties, motion and energy transfer. Team up with a materials tech teacher and plan a combined class visit.

Māori Studies

12 May - 22 Jul

Info

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcomes Wharekura and Māori Studies classes to all exhibitions. Contact the Gallery kaiako to discuss how visits can enhance language and hands-on learning needs.

The artwork Kureitanga II IV provides students with a challenging context to practise 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

The exhibition Open Collection: Tātai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope has been curated especially for education visitors and provides a wonderful opportunity to build Te Reo Māori skills using the context of Puanga and contemporary art. Please contact the education team to discuss the best approach for your class.

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

Another artwork, Paratene Matchitt’s Whakapapa IV, invites students to make connections between Te Ao Māori and contemporary art.  

 

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858

Exploring Len Lye

Visual Art/Dance
Design and Visual Communication
Ongoing
All year levels, 60 mins +

Info

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. See Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century and Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks for relevant exhibitions.

At school

Find out about Len Lye at http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

 

Te Reo Māori

Karanga atu ki a koutou ki raro i te maru o te maunga tītohea; he pou here tangata, he pou here waka, he pou here kaupapa.  

Ko Jess Marshall tōku ingoa.  He Pākehā ahau nō Taranaki e ngākau nui ana ki te ao Māori.  Ko au te kaiako hou ki te Whare Toi o Ngāmotu.

Warm greetings to you all.  My name is Jess Marshall and I'm the new Te Reo educator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

Nau mai, haere mai, rarau mai!

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcome kura kaupapa and bilingual classes to all exhibitions.

Contact the Gallery educators to discuss how visits can enhance language and hands-on learning needs.

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858