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 2 - Primary and Intermediate

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.

Celebrate Puanga

Visual Art/ Ngā toi Māori/Social Science
12 May – 22 Jul
Y 1 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Celebrate Puanga and discover connections between this special Taranaki tradition and contemporary art. Visit the exhibitions Open Collection: Tätai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope and Whakapapa IV and Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish. Student learning touches on the environment, creation legends and the stars, and their place in te ao Māori. After focusing on artists’ use of symbols, pattern and clay to communicate a message we head to the Learning Centre. Younger students use new knowledge and acquire new skills by making wearable clay ornaments and older students sculpt decorative clay instruments.

At school

Find out why Taranaki iwi celebrate Puanga instead of Matariki

Read legends associated with the stars

Learn Te Reo for our planets and seasons

Find out about New Year celebrations from a variety of cultures

Invent a drama inspired by the legend of Hinepükohurangi 

Construct a manutukutuku (kite) or other art to celebrate Puanga

Māori astronomy revealed, see https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

Investigate connections between stars, navigation and time

Research Filipe Tohi’s lalava pattern inspired artwork including his big public sculpture Halamoana (corner Powderham and Brougham Streets, New Plymouth)

 

Te Reo for mainstream schools

Te Reo Māori /Visual Art/ Ngā toi Māori/Social Science
12 May – 22 Jul
Y 1 – 8, 75 – 90 mins

Info

Join Kaiako Jess Marshall in a lesson designed to support schools’ Te Reo Māori programmes. The exhibition Open Collection: Tätai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope has been curated especially for education visitors and provides a wonderful opportunity to build Te Reo Māori skills using the context of Puanga and contemporary art. Please contact the education team to discuss the best approach for your class.

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

 

DIY music video

Visual Art/Dance/Technology
12 May — 22 Jul
Y 4 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Mix and mash old and new technology to create a Len Lye style class music video. In the exhibitions Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks and Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century we learn where movies came from and what’s special about music videos. We experiment with light and movement. In the Learning Centre student groups use zoetropes, kaleidoscopes, shadow play and dance to the beat creating a crazy mix of moving images. Selected students film the learning process. Teachers, BYO music and phone, ipad or video cameras

At school

Compose and play your own rhythms to match your video

Familiarise students with art they will see on the visit — watch videos by artists Jodie Mack, Steve Cossman and Oskar Fischinger

https://vimeo.com/8375376

https://vimeo.com/126709598

http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/40199177019

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

You Tube music videos from different decades and styles to compare and contrast

What is Weta Workshop? http://wetaworkshop.com/services/company-overview/

Ask a grandparent about going to the movies when they were young

Practise poi moves with waiata

Find out about other artists who focus on movement eg. Alexander Calder http://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/who-is/who-alexander-calder

 

Creativity challenge

Visual Art/Technology
12 May — 15 Jul
Y 5 – 8, 90 mins

Info

Students get their thinking caps on using art and technology to solve a room-sized problem. We tour the exhibition Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century to discover the problems Len Lye solved to make his sculptures. We also visit the exhibition Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish to learn how to get good ideas. Students use problem solving skills to design and transform the Gallery’s Learning Centre into a sensory playground for younger children. Each group constructs a simple ‘environment’ which is then tested and evaluated by other students.

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?

What is the story behind the solution? The design process, from problem to outcome to testing and evaluation

Research traditional games from te ao Māori

How did traditional Māori use technology?

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

Ask your parents and grandparents about the best places they   played and why they loved it

Make a sense trail around your classroom

Explore the sonic properties of objects found in the classroom; tap, rattle and play them to create your own soundscape

Eco emoji

Visual Arts/Music/Science
12 May — 22 Jul
Y1 – 6, 90 mins

Info

Classes listen, look, sniff, feel and think their way through the exhibitions Free Radicals, Sriwhana Spong and Len Lye exhibitions. Student groups practice using language in creative ways to capture their own and others’ sensory responses. Why do these artists make art and what are they communicating? We think about how symbols of language work. In the Learning Centre students use spices, colours and textures to create their own ‘eco’ emoji with a message about caring for birds and bats of Aotearoa.

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/

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

What smell does a colour have?

Focus on your senses and the connections between them. Make designs from spices and pulses rangoli-style
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangoli

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

Write without words, use emoji and visual symbols or a code to get a message across

Abstract animation

Visual Art/Science: Physical world/Technology
Ongoing
Y5 - 8, 90 mins

Info

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.

 

Exploring Len Lye

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

Info

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: Pretty Good for the 21st Century and Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks for relevant exhibitions.

At school

Find out about Len Lye at http://www.govettbrewster.com/len-lye/

 

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.

Media Studies

12 May – 22 Jul

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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 Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks, 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.

 

Artist workshop - Direct Film

Sat 12 May | 10.30 – 4.30 pm
Todd Energy Learning Centre
Ages 12+ | Entry by donation
Booking essential | 20 max

Info

Get experimental like Len Lye and the artists in Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks and join filmmaker Steve Cossman as he leads a workshop making your own ‘direct’ film.

Top Art 2018

Mon 18 Jun 12pm – Fri 22 Jun 12pm
Todd Energy Learning Centre

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An exhibition of New Zealand’s 2017 secondary schools’ NCEA Level 3 art portfolios that achieved Excellence or Scholarship. Please contact Gallery educators to book class visits.

 

Sculpture, senses and semiotics

12 May - 22 Jul

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Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish challenges students to make connections between a variety of artworks that are mysteriously linked. Students experience the multi-discipline approach to contemporary sculpture practise including Sriwhana’s surprising use of materials, reference to a historic female mystic, ritual, smell, taste, sound and semiotics.

 

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

25 Apr - 15 Jul

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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. Students experience Len Lye: Pretty Good for the 21st Century 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.

Māori Studies

12 May - 22 Jul

Info

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcomes Wharekura and Māori Studies classes to all exhibitions. Contact the Gallery kaiako to discuss how visits can enhance language and hands-on learning needs.

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

The exhibition Open Collection: Tātai Arorangi / Looking Through the Telescope has been curated especially for education visitors and provides a wonderful opportunity to build Te Reo Māori skills using the context of Puanga and contemporary art. Please contact the education team to discuss the best approach for your class.

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1274-revitalising-maori-astronomy

Another artwork, Paratene Matchitt’s Whakapapa IV, invites students to make connections between Te Ao Māori and contemporary art.  

 

gbeducation@govettbrewster.com
06 759 0858

Exploring Len Lye

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

Info

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: Pretty Good for the 21st Century and Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks 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