Education

To book lessons, arrange tours or simply find out what the Gallery can offer your school, contact our educator:

Bianca van Leeuwen
(+ 64 3) 941 7373
schools@christchurchartgallery.org.nz

We run art education for schools. Let us help your class discover art with hands on learning experiences based on our exhibitions and works in our collection.

Our art education programmes offer students first-hand experience with real works of art whilst developing their creative and critical thinking skills. We make links to the English, social science and arts curriculum as well as providing students with great opportunities to develop key competencies in a social context. Discussions and activities can be adapted to suit all levels.

Gallery tours and visits are free.

Art lessons take 90 minutes, involve a hands-on activity and cost $2 per student.

Bookings are essential. Our programmes are popular and we can only teach one class at a time. So get in early. To book lessons, arrange tours or simply find out what the Gallery can offer your school, contact our educator, Bianca van Leeuwen:

(+64 3) 941 7373
schools@christchurchartgallery.org.nz

Installation view of Povi Christkeke by Michel Tuffery 1999

PROGRAMME

Select a programme for more information on our art lessons.

All year
All Levels
Guided Tours
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Lesson time: 30-60 minutes

Class Limit: 25 students

Students will take away an appreciation of art and consider a selection works that can cover a range of subjects, styles, media and purposes. The works viewed will be a selection from our current exhibitions. Students are expected to discuss and question what they see. Tours can be tailored to all levels.

Bookings essential.

Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

Term 1 2020
All Levels
Watercolour Painting in the Botanic Gardens
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Students learn about colour, light and brushwork by looking at a selection of paintings by New Zealand artists. The students practice drawing and experimenting with watercolour before creating their own painting 'en plein air' in the Botanic Gardens. This lesson will take 105 minutes in total and can be adapted to suit all year levels.

Student painting in the Botanic Gardens

Student painting in the Botanic Gardens

Year 3+
Drawing Skills: Portraits
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Your class will tour the galleries examining portraits from a range of exhibitions to see how different artists portray themselves and others. In the classroom students will take part in a series of portrait drawing activities designed to encourage confidence and develop skills. This lesson is a good accompaniment to any start of the year 'getting to know you' unit.

Frances Hodgkins Bridesmaids 1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948

Frances Hodgkins Bridesmaids 1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, 1948

Term 1 and 2 2020
All Levels
Still-Life Painting
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 30 students

A 101 in painting. Students are challenged to develop their painting skills by learning to look carefully and use paint and brushes effectively. Your class will look at and discuss examples of still lifes on a tour of Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys. They will then be given tips and advice on how to mix and manage paint, and create a still life painting to keep.

Available 15 February - 1 June 2020

 

Frances Hodgkins Berries and Laurel c. 1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the William James Jobson Trust, 1982

Frances Hodgkins Berries and Laurel c. 1930. Oil on canvas. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with funds from the William James Jobson Trust, 1982

All Levels
Hei-tiki
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Students will take a guided tour of TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland and examine the mysterious objects in Fiona Pardington’s photographs. They will discuss appropriation, identity and what makes something a taonga. In the Education Centre students will use polymer clay to model their own faux hei-tiki to treasure and wear.

Available from 1 February 2020 - 21 June 2020

Fiona Pardington A69170 2019.  Pigment inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.

Fiona Pardington A69170 2019.  Pigment inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.

Term 2 2020
All Levels
Art Response Trails
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Lesson time: Flexible

Class Limit: 40 students

Take a self-guided tour of our exhibition Te Wheke. Primary and Secondary Schools Art Response Trails will be available to support students while they explore the spaces.

Available from Term 2 2020 onwards.

All About Te Wheke

Wheke means octopus in te reo Māori. For many cultures around Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the Pacific Ocean, this resourceful, resilient, adventurous creature is a symbol of early voyages of exploration and migration from the Polynesian homelands of Hawaiki. Its long tentacles stretch out across the ocean to Tonga, Kiribati, Hawaii, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Aotearoa New Zealand. In this selection of art from the Gallery collection and beyond, Te Wheke offers a way to understand how we are connected across time and place.

In Aotearoa, conventional art history tells the stories of art that ties us to Britain and Europe. The art in Te Wheke looks in a different direction – from the Pacific outwards. Artists reach back to Polynesia and out into the world beyond, finding connections that are old and new.

Oceania is large and glorious. Like the octopus, it connects us along Pacific pathways with ideas of navigation, belonging and identity. Te Wheke opens up conversations about the journeys, tensions and connections that shape our past, present and future.

 

All Levels
Polynesian Prints
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Students will tour the Gallery and explore a range of Polynesian art including woodblock, Tivaevae and Tapa. During the tour they will be asked make recordings of patterns and motifs used in the work they see. They will use their drawings to create their own Polynesian print. Students will be working individually and in groups during this lesson.

Fatu Feu'u Lapita - Green 2010. Woodcut. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.

Fatu Feu'u Lapita - Green 2010. Woodcut. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.

Years 0 – 6
Māori Motif
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Your students will tour the Gallery and look at a range of artworks that feature Māori motif and design. In the classroom, students will learn four common shapes used in Kowhaiwhai and learn how the shapes are used. The class will use these shapes to create a cut-out design based on Lonnie Hutchinson's work Sista7

Lonnie Hutchinson Sista7 2003. Black building paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2003  

Lonnie Hutchinson Sista7 2003. Black building paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2003

 

Years 9-13
Creating Is 2020
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Lesson time: Full day

Class Limit: 15 students

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū will once again be offering a week-long series of artist-led workshops for secondary school students in years 9–13. This is an exceptional opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated visual arts students to work with established artists and experiment with different disciplines and materials.

Each of the five workshops will focus on a different aspect of creating art and include hands-on experience as well as inspirational examples, discussions and activities.

The workshops will take place between 11-15 May 2020. Keep an eye out for the artist line-up during Term 1!

Proudly supported by CADFAS, Canterbury Decorative & Fine Arts Society.