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 2 / Term 2 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.

 

Imagining Pacific

22 May – 15 August
Social Studies/Visual Art
Y2 – 8, 90 mins

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What is a Pacific life? Visit Stars start falling and discover how three Pasifika artists use art to show their challenges, memories and feelings. We use colours, textures, movements and other senses to make paintings that express a unique home.

Sustainable Painting

22 May – 15 August
Social Studies/ Visual Art/Sustainability
Y3 – 8, 90 mins

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How to make art that’s from the earth and good for the planet?  Visit There is no before to find out how Australian indigenous people use nature in art. In the learning centre we experiment with natural pigments on upcycled surfaces to give environmental messages.

Hello Art

22 May – 15 August
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.

Jitter, Sway and Drip

8 May – 14 November
Y1– 4, 75 mins
Dance / Visual Art / Science

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Experience the Len Lye Tangibles: 1963-1969 exhibition and invent moves inspired by the kinetic sculptures. Visit WharehokaSmith: Kūreitanga-II-IV mural in the Learning Centre adding sound and light to dance a nature story.
BYO your class ipad or phone to photograph students in action.
At school:
Rework your dance moves to tell a story
Create an artwork that shows your dance
How do things move? Rework your dance to tell a story about everyday movements using poi e.g. doing the laundry
Write a movement poem
Find out about the science of rainbows

Kinetic Contraption

Science / Visual Art / Technology
8 May – 14 November
Y4 – 8, 90 mins

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Combine science and art to construct sculptures that move, tingle and shimmer inspired by Len Lye. How did Len Lye use science and innovation to make his art? We learn about Len Lye’s ‘number 8 wire’ approach to problem solving, including any artist’s first problem – how to get a good idea? Students use problem solving skills to create a sculpture that moves and stands within a group model for an outdoor public theme park.

See Len Lye: Tangibles 1963 -1969 and Len Lye: Wand Dance for exhibition information.

At school:
Find out about Len Lye at govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

Pictures that Move

Visual Art / Science: Physical World / Technology
8 May – 14 November
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: Tangibles 1963 -1969 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

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. 

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.

 

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.

Top Art 2021

 Midday Monday 5 July – midday Friday 9 July

Experience New Zealand’s best secondary schools art folios.
Secondary teachers book now to ensure your students visit to Top Art. Maximise your visit by allowing time to experience the exhibitions. Call us to discuss options.

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858