Programmes

Ngā wheako mā ngā Akonga Kura Tuatahi / 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. Please note that some programmes can be adapted for your class age group and area of focus – simply chat with our team.

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858 

Primary and Intermediate

Exhibitions and programmes

The learning available from contemporary art and that of Len Lye reaches across the curriculum. Choose from programmes based solely on Len Lye’s art or combine artists and exhibitions. Book an introductory Len Lye session, or one of the programmes described below.

Tuia – Tūtatakinga 250
Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2020 the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery joins in the national commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and non-Māori. Next April our Tuia 250 programme will be inspired by a major exhibition by the Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence Brett Graham. Watch this space. 


Ngā wheako o te Wāhanga 3:

Term 3 learning experiences include:

Kia Kaha Te Reo Taiao

10 Aug – 17 Nov 2019
Y 1– 8, 75 – 90 mins

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This year’s theme for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is language of the environment. We explore the exhibitions Waking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye plus Yuichiro Tamura: Milky Mountain.

Students combine art and Te Reo Māori, imagination and nature, to create a mask that transforms them into one of Aotearoa’s creatures.

Connects with Puke Ariki’s Ngā Kūkūwai o Taranaki/Taranaki Wetlands and Ngā Kōrero Mō Te Mounga education programmes

http://pukeariki.com/Learning-Research/Education/Wetlands

At school

Start your search for kupu linked to the environment at https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-education/resources/kia-kaha-te-reo-taiao-posters-and-booklet/

Write a poem that includes te reo

Find out about special features of Aotearoa’s indigenous creatures including the Tuatara’s third eye

Use your mask for drama or dance

Have a sense day focusing on one particular sense

Grow a dance

Dance / Visual art / Science: Living world
10 Aug – 17 Nov 2019
Y 1 – 4, 75 mins

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Get inspired by Waking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye to create individual and group movements with a ‘growth’ theme. Float like a cell, divide and multiply through space, express the life cycle of a bug. BYO your class ipad or phone to photo students’ moves.

Connects with Puke Ariki’s Ngā Kūkūwai o Taranaki/Taranaki Wetlands and Ngā Kōrero Mō Te Mounga education programmes

http://pukeariki.com/Learning-Research/Education/Wetlands

At school

Rework your dance moves to tell a story about a natural environment near school

Create an artwork that shows metamorphosis

How do things grow?

 

Nature painting

Visual art / Science: Living world
10 Aug – 17 Nov 2019
Y 3– 8, 90 mins

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How can we use nature to inspire our art? We tour Waking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye to learn how artists combine research with imagination to create new possibilities. Looking closely at nature big and small we discover the patterns and structures beneath the surface. In the studio students create a painting that contrasts scale, opaque and transparent, 2D and 3D.

At school

Collect images from ‘under the microscope’ to inspire more art and questions

Experiment with using paint in new ways

Discuss a variety of understandings of where life came from

What lives on you?

Cartoon me

Visual art / English
10 Aug – 17 Nov 2019
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

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We use Yuichiro Tamura: Milky Mountain to investigate hidden messages and myths in comics, movies and other mass media. Students experiment with collage and cartooning techniques to create a graphic novel page showing the real them and what they stand for.

At school

How do comics tell a story?

What is popular culture?

Why have super heroes?

Compare super heroes – old/new, male/female, different cultures, etc

How might digital technologies change reality?

What’s good about going to the movies?

Identify and analyse stereotypes used in advertising

Introducing Len Lye

Len Lye programme
Science/Visual Art/Dance/Music/Technology
Ongoing
Y 0 – 8

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What can we learn from Len Lye? Experience the multi-sensory exhibitions through interactive activities adaptable to your students’ learning needs and level. Find out how Len Lye came up with ideas and why his art is special. Then create your own Len Lye inspired artwork. See Len Lye: Art That Moves and Waking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye for exhibition information.

Find out about Len Lye at www.govettbrewster.com/lenlye

Creativity and innovation enquiry

Len Lye programme
Science / Technology / Visual Art
Ongoing
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

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We tour Len Lye: Art That MovesWaking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye and Mikala Dwyer: Earthcraft focusing on how to get ideas. We discover the problems Len Lye overcame when constructing sculpture then activate our own creativity and problem solving skills. In the Learning Centre students experiment with materials, movement and light to invent a structure that is evidence of a creative mind.
This lesson links with Puke Ariki’s Creativity and innovation education programme.
BYO your class ipad or phone to photo students’ designs.

At school

Talk about how and why people get creative

What are some Taranaki examples of problem solving?

List ways traditional Māori used technology?

Make a sense trail around your classroom

Pictures that move

Len Lye programme
Visual Art/Science: Physical world/Technology
Ongoing
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

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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’s 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.

 

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 +.

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.

Tuia – Tūtatakinga 250
Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2020 the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery joins in the national commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and non-Māori. Next April our Tuia 250 programme will be inspired by a major exhibition by the Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence Brett Graham. Watch this space.

Art, Science and Nature

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The exhibitions Waking Up Slowly: Elizabeth Thomson and Len Lye, Len Lye: Art That Moves and Mikala Dwyer: Earthcraft are bursting with connections between art and science. Students can discover how artists are inspired by science and nature both visually and conceptually.

Exhibition themes include creation, growth and transformation. The artists have experimented in a wide range of art media and conventions; installation, film, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

 

Sensing Len Lye

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Interactive experiences designed for Special Needs groups. Please contact Gallery educators to discuss visit options.

Talk Art

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.

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.

The Gallery’s state-of-the-art 60-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.

 

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 reo Māori ki te Whare Toi o Ngāmotu.

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

Nau mai, haere mai, rarau mai!

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcomes Wharekura and Māori Studies classes to all exhibitions.

Contact Gallery kaiako Jess Marshall to discuss how visits can enhance language and hands-on learning needs.

Tuia – Tūtatakinga 250
Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2020 the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery joins in the national commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the first onshore encounters between Māori and non-Māori. Next April our Tuia 250 programme will be inspired by a major exhibition by the Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence Brett Graham. Watch this space.


gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858