Programmes

Ngā wheako mā ngā Akonga Kura Tuatahi / Primary and Intermediate School Lessons

All primary and intermediate school lessons 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. Please note that some lessons can be adapted for your class age group and area of focus – simply chat with our team.

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858 

Ngā wheako o te Wāhanga 4 / Term 4 lessons

Bilingual Units / Kura Kaupapa.

He hōtaka reo Māori hoki. Ka kōrero, ka mahi ngātahi kia hangaia ai tētahi wheako pai mā ngā tauira. On hold awaiting a new appointment.

The Gallery is about to appoint a new Kaiako, watch this space.

NEW ONLINE CONTENT FOR SCHOOLS:
Tai Moana Tai Tangata Virtual Tour.

Visit the Gallery’s website and take your class on a virtual tour of the monumental exhibition by Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) Tai Moana Tai Tangata. This virtual tour was developed for schools and aims to bring local history to life through art. Accompanying lesson plans available by request.

Student Action

4 - 14 November
10am - 5pm
Through the Eye of Taranaki
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre studio

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See the world how the future does, in Through the Eye of Taranaki. A group of Taranaki students explored climate change through the lens of a camera. They teamed up with professional photographers and an Earth Systems scientist to take a closer look at their local environment. Drop by to check out the exhibition or book a group Student Action learning session (45 mins +) in which we discuss ways to make a difference and create group artworks to spread the word.

Classes visiting on Friday 5 November can contribute to a community artwork with an environmental theme. All sessions are free for this new project by Track Zero in conjunction with the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

Please contact Gallery educators to book class visits 06 759 0858 gbeducation@govettbrewster.com

Upcycle Art

14 August - 27 March 2022
Visual Art / Sustainability
Y2 - 8, 90 mins

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Len Lye was expert at inventing surprising ideas from ordinary stuff. Inspired by Lye’s approach to experimenting with materials we get imaginative with recycling to create art with eco messages.

At school:

- How did Len Lye get inspired by nature?
- Class brainstorm how humans are damaging the earth
- List ways you and your whānau could improve your school or community’s environment and get started!
- Find out how others show kaitiakitanga.

Research Len Lye here.

What Dreams Are These?

14 August - 27 March 2022
Visual Art
Y2 - 8, 90 mins

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Discover where Len Lye got his ideas. Experiment with Surrealist art making techniques then dream up surprising dye and resist costume designs.

At school:

Find out about where Surrealist artists got their ideas – dreams, games and other automatic or random processes, give it a go at school.

- Discuss - Are dreams real?
- Make a Sunprint (cyanotype) photo experimenting with the shadows of objects.
- Draw or write combinations that show juxtaposition.
- Write a strange poem using Te Papa’s Surrealist exhibition website.

Footprints of the Past

4 September - 14 November
Social Science / Visual Art
YO - 3, 75 mins

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Visit the Swallowing Geography exhibition and find out how art can tell us stories about our land and what was before. We create our own clay tile artworks to tell a story about our whenua and how we can protect it.

At school:

- Walk around school and nearby (in bare feet?). Describe what’s under your feet.
- Talk about a picture that shows what your town looked like in the olden days.
- How can you care for special places near you?

Sculpting History

4 September - 14 November
History / Visual Art
Y4 - 8, 90 mins

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Visit the Swallowing Geography exhibition and discover different ways art can help us learn about the past. Using historic pā sites in our local area as starting points we utilize upcycled everyday items, drawings and collaged maps to construct 3D artworks. These sculptures show both the historic functions of pā and how they appear today.

At school:

- Find out about pā sites near your school
- Visit Puke Ariki to research local history

Introducing Len Lye

Ongoing
Science / Visual Art / Dance / Music / Technology
Y 0 - 8, 60 mins

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What can we learn from Len Lye?

Experience the multisensory exhibitions through interactive activities adaptable to your students’ learning needs and level. Find out how Len Lye came up with his ideas and what made his art special. Then create your own Len Lye inspired artwork. See Len Lye: Rainbow Dance and Len Lye: Wand Dance

At school:

- Find out about Len Lye here

Hello Art

Ongoing
Science / Visual Art / Dance / Music / Technology
Y0 – 8, 60 mins +

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We introduce students to the Gallery. Discover the many personalities of contemporary art and the creative processes behind them. Create your own quick artwork inspired by Len Lye and friends.

At school:
Find out about the Gallery’s exhibitions
Class brainstorm your ‘before’ and ‘after’ feelings about visiting the Art Gallery.

Pictures that Move

Visual Art / Science: Physical World / Technology
Ongoing
Y 5 - 8, 90 mins+

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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.

See Len Lye: Rainbow Dance and Len Lye: Wand Dance.

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

At school:
Google Slide: Len Lye Style Flip Book

Click below to view Len Lye films online:
Tusalava
A Colour Box
The Birth of a Robot
Free Radicals

Films supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Please respect the integrity of Len Lye’s artwork by not copying his films.

Download the Len Lye: Animation Resource

A compilation DVD entitled Colour Box: 19 Films by Len Lye is available from the Govett-Brewster Shop

Special Needs Groups - Sensing Len Lye

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Interactive experiences designed for Special Needs groups.
The energy and scale of Len Lye’s sculptures offer students an opportunity to express themselves holistically.
Talk to the gallery educators to discuss visit options.

Talk Art Challenge

Ongoing

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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.

 

Ngā wheako mā ngā Akonga Kura Tuarua / 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+. 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. 

Secondary teachers

Term 4 has a sculptural focus with artists in Swallowing Geography responding socially, physically and architecturally to specific sites.

Meanwhile, the new Len Lye exhibition Rainbow Dance, surveys the diversity of Len Lye’s practice often linked to Surrealism. Includes sculpture, film, painting, batik, costume designs, poetry and photograms.

Call us to discuss options. Ph 06 759 0858

Media Studies

Ongoing

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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 exhibitions, 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.

View Len Lye films online:
Tusalava
A Colour Box
The Birth of a Robot
Free Radicals

Films supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Please respect the integrity of Len Lye’s artwork by not copying his films.

Visit the Len Lye Centre Cinema

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.

We look forward to hosting your class in the Gallery!