Education

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

Susie Cox
(+ 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, Susie Cox:

(+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.

Term 4
All Levels
Wall to Wall
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 40 students

Available until October 26
Join us in creating a massive piece of public art. This your chance to pick up a paintbrush and make your mark on the Gallery walls. This October we want everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch to help us create a new exhibition – a massive public paint-out of one of our downstairs galleries. You class will take part in a guided tour looking at and sketching ideas before using them on the Gallery walls.

Wall to Wall 2018

Wall to Wall 2018

Years 0 – 10
Māori Motif
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  • Understanding art in context
  • Communicating and interpreting
  • Developing ideas
  • Developing practical knowledge
  • Key Competencies
  • Participating and contributing
  • Thinking
  • Managing self
  • Symbols and text
  • Relating to others
  • Using language

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Available all term 4
Your students will tour our exhibition spaces and look at a range of artworks that feature Māori motif and design. We will learn about common shapes and patterns and how they are used. In the Education Centre students will use what they have learned to design and paint their own pou or waka huia (treasure box).

James Valentine and Sons / John Powell Māori Carved Figure. Rotorua. N.Z. 1892. Albumen photograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2015

James Valentine and Sons / John Powell Māori Carved Figure. Rotorua. N.Z. 1892. Albumen photograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2015

Years 0 – 10
Hanging Rainbow
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 40 students

Available all term 4
This lesson invites students to experiment with dyes and textiles to create beautiful hanging artworks. In the Gallery, your class will look at a variety of artists who use yarn, string, silk and all sorts of unexpected materials to make their work. In the Education Centre, each student will try dyeing techniques and play with pattern and colour to make a work of their own.

Emma Fitts Blouse and Trousers for Olivia Spencer Bower 2014. On loan from the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Award, Silk

Emma Fitts Blouse and Trousers for Olivia Spencer Bower 2014. On loan from the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Award, Silk

Years 0 – 10
Yellow Moon: 3D Construction
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  • Understanding art in context
  • Communicating and interpreting
  • Developing ideas
  • Developing practical knowledge
  • Key Competencies
  • Participating and contributing
  • Thinking
  • Managing self
  • Symbols and text
  • Relating to others
  • Using language

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Available until October 26
This lesson is all about colour, construction, 3D form and working collaboratively. Your class will tour the Gallery, examining Ani O’Neill’s new collaborative work in Yellow Moon as well as other sculptures from the collection to see how artists use different materials to make their work. In the education centre, your students will be given a bag of materials to experiment and play with in groups and make a 3D work together. Works can be taken back to school or photographed and deconstructed at the end of the lesson. A great lesson for imaginative play and problem-solving for kids who love to make.

 

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Years 0 – 10
After Dark: Printmaking
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 40 students

Available all term 4
Your class will explore the Gallery and look at the art of Juliet Peter. In the classroom they will create a night scene of native birds, nocturnal creatures and foliage. Students will learn to print stencils and use quick and easy printing tricks such as making rubbings with crayon and dye. They will use multiple techniques to build up a layered night-time image.

Juliet Peter Morepork and Pungas. c.1963–65. Lithograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2010

Juliet Peter Morepork and Pungas. c.1963–65. Lithograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2010

Years 3 – 10
A Toy Story: Drawing Skills
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 40 students

Available from October 29
Your class will discover the mix of characters, toys and objects in Philip Trusttum's large and vibrant paintings. In the Education Centre, students take part in drawing activities and games and create a bold and bright still-life drawing to take back to school.

Philip Trusttum Amer 2009. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented by the artist 2009

Philip Trusttum Amer 2009. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented by the artist 2009

Years 3 – 10
Landscape Abstraction
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 40 students

Available all term 4
In this lesson students will explore more than 100 years of landscape painting in Aotearoa New Zealand. Your class will tour the exhibition spaces, examining colonial, impressionist, modernist and abstract representations of the land, discovering how painting has evolved over time. In the Education Centre, the students will create a cubist landscape painting of their own.

Doris Lusk Summer Storm near Wanaka 1962. Oil on canvas board. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, transferred from the Christchurch Town Hall, 2010

Doris Lusk Summer Storm near Wanaka 1962. Oil on canvas board. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, transferred from the Christchurch Town Hall, 2010