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.

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Ngā wheako o te Wāhanga 2 | Learning experiences in Term 2
Stitching Me

1 April – 16 July
Visual Art / Social Science / Mathematics
Y4 – 8, 90 mins

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Discover some of the hidden messages in Aisha Khalid’s exhibition I Am And I Am Not. We learn how to use nature and maths to create patterns telling a personal story. Stitch yourself symbolically into a collage of fabrics, exploring geometry, pattern and colour. Project your creation big and step into your image then photograph. Teachers, BYO camera, ipad, phone.

At school:

Practice threading a needle and simple stitching. Teach someone else.

Research Pakistan and its history.

Continue art making using Aisha Khalid and Young Kiwi Artists. [link to PDF booklet]

Draw patterns from around school or home. Label your pattern collection – What? Where? Why?

Talk about language and culture and how someone speaks might affect how others treat them.

Drawing In Drawing Out

6 April – 16 July
Visual Art
Y2 – 6, 90 mins

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Chart your own zig zags by experimenting with the many drawing techniques of Len Lye and Aisha Khalid. We learn to trust our senses to express emotions, movements and tradition. In the studio we rework our sketched ideas and mix our media, introducing paint and masking techniques to create new meanings.

 

At school:

Preview the exhibitions I am and I Am Not and Charting the Zig Zags

Class wil draw a simple object using different techniques and learn from each other’s creations. Try fast and slow drawing.

Read Harold and the Purple Crayon to see where your imagination can take you.

Find out how to draw a flip book animation then make a doodle dance.

Research Len Lye at http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

 

Moana Puppet Play

13 May – 8 October
Visual Art / Sustainability
Y1 – 4, 90 mins

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Get inspired by art with an eco aquatic focus. Shona Rapira Davies’ huge sculpture Ko te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa introduces us to the ancient tale of the whale and the kauri tree. Local artist Jacqui Elley recycles beach combed plastics into complex lightboxes. Len Lye’s Edge of the Sea shows how to get great art ideas connected with the sea.

In the studio we sculpt mixed media shadow puppets to float through a sea of projected light. Invent a simple story for your ocean creature.

 

At school:

Class share ideas about how humans are damaging the oceans and water ways and what we can do to help.

List ways you and your whānau could improve your school or community’s environment and get started!

Find out how others show kaitiakitanga

How did Len Lye get inspired by nature?

Research Len Lye at http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

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 Len Lye's multi-sensory exhibitions The Edge of the Sea and Wand Dance 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. Create your own art and dance moves inspired by his unique approach.


At school:

Find out about Len Lye here

Pictures that Move

Ongoing
Visual Art / Science: Physical World / Technology
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: The Edge of the Sea and Charting the Zig Zags exhibitions 

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

Mainstream, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kōhanga Reo and Bilingual Units.

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The Gallery's kaiako Māori Dallas leaves the team in Term 2 to take up a teaching role. We thank Dallas for her valued contribution to developing our education framework. To find out what the Gallery can offer kōpae and kura kaupapa ākonga, please contact the Gallery’s education team.

Online Learning

Ongoing

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Create - Family Art activities online:

These quick, fun activities are based on Family Art sessions in the Gallery (10.30 – 12.30am Sundays), a selection are now available online to share in school or as links for home learning. Found in the ‘What’s on’ section of the Gallery website Create: Online Art ActivitiesInstagram posts, or as Google slides for classroom use.

 

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.

 

Learning in the community


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Marae-based learning:
Gallery educators join in with classes at their local marae to learn about ngā toi.

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. 

 
Ngā wheako mā ngā Akonga Kura Tuarua Secondary School Programme
Art

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Students will be inspired and challenged by Aisha Khalid: I Am and I Am Not. Acclaimed Pakistani artist Aisha Khalid’s exhibition of beautiful and bold artworks address post-colonial hierarchies and challenge western narratives, encouraging students to approach world events through eastern points of view. The exhibition includes miniature painting, photography, textile based sculptures and installations, video.

 The Len Lye exhibitions Charting the Zig-Zags and The Edge of the Sea are a great introduction to how to get good ideas for art, especially focusing on nature and the marine environment. Lye’s various drawing techniques may also inspire ākonga to work in new directions.

Kura Kaupapa Māori / Māori Studies

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Our kaiako Māori Dallas leaves the team in Term 2 to take up a teaching role. We thank Dallas for her valued contribution to developing our education framework. To find out what the Gallery can offer kōpae and kura kaupapa ākonga, please contact the Gallery’s education team.

Learning Support Groups - Sensing Len Lye

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Interactive experiences designed for students in Learning Support classes. 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.

Social narrative for students unfamiliar with the Gallery.

Visit the Gallery website accessibility tab for further information.

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.

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