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 3 - Primary and Intermediate

Exhibitions and programmes

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.

 

Sculpture with a message

6 Aug – 2 Nov
Y1 – 8, 90 mins
Visual Art/Education for sustainability

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What are the ideas and processes in the exhibitions Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents? We use sculpture to motivate an inquiry into spreading the message about caring for our environment. In the exhibition pupils gain knowledge on eco issues central to our own mounga and awa. Students develop poetic responses to the art, giving voice to our native birds and in the learning centre we construct 3D artworks that speak of Aotearoa’s precious natural environment.

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/

http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/Education-for-sustainability/Tools-and-resources

http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/Education-for-sustainability/Learning-experiences

http://www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/freshwater/tools/kaitiaki_tools/impacts

 

Te Reo for mainstream schools

Te Reo Māori /Visual Art/ Ngā toi Māori/Social Science
Ongoing
Y 1 – 8, 75 – 90 mins

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Join Kaiako Jess Marshall in a lesson designed to support schools’ Te Reo Māori programmes. Inspired by the artwork Kureitanga II IV, students 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

 

Dance a storm

Visual art/ Dance/ Te Reo Māori/English
6 Aug – 2 Nov
Y1 – 4, 75 mins

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Use the movement, sound and drama of kinetic art in the exhibitions Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents to get moving. Dance the energy of a storm, the flicker of flames and flow of water then change, spin and float gently down. Pupils share movement words in English and learn words in Te Reo Māori. We then take our moves to the learning centre to experiment with body shapes and energy creating sequences that explore elements of the natural world.

At school

Practice your dance, extend it and present to another class. Create an abstract artwork using your movement words and patterns. Write a poem using the movements and sounds of Len Lye’s sculptures as a starting point. 

Investigate other types of art that move e.g. kites, mobiles, films, installations, and use as inspiration to dance.

Creativity and innovation challenge

Visual Art/Technology
6 Aug – 2 Nov
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

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We tour Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents with a focus on creativity and problem solving. We discover the problems Len Lye overcame when constructing his sculptures then activate our own creativity and problem solving skills. In the learning centre student groups invent a sound and movement activity centre for younger gallery visitors. The groups test each other’s design outcomes.
BYO your class ipad or phone to photo students’ designs.

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?

How did traditional Māori use technology?

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

Make a sense trail around your classroom

 

 

Sound art

Visual Arts/Music/Science
6 Aug – 2 Nov
Y 3 – 6, 90 mins

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Pupils explore the use of sound in the exhibitions Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agent and investigate how visual artists use sound when communicating through art. In groups we continue our learning by tuning into the sounds around us plus adding our own. Student teams record their selection of sounds and combine them creatively to produce a digital track that evokes an imaginary journey.

At school

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

Write a poem that uses phonics inspired by a natural environment.

Focus on your senses and the connections between them. What smell does a colour have?

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

 

Pictures that move

Visual Art/Science: Physical world/Technology
Ongoing
Y5 - 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 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.

Introducing Len Lye

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

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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 got his ideas and what made his art special. Then make your own Len Lye inspired artwork. See Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents for relevant exhibition information.

At school

Find out about Len Lye here

 

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.

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.

Sculpture, technology and society

6 Aug – 2 Nov

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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.
See Len Lye: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents for exhibition details. Students experience 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.

Media Studies

6 Aug – 2 Nov

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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 Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling, 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.

 

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.

 

Māori Studies

Ongoing
All year levels

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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

Exploring Len Lye

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

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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: Heaven and Earth and Sensory Agents 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