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 $1.00 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 1
Years 3 – 10
3D Construction
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

This lesson is all about construction and 3D form. Your class will tour the Gallery, examining 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 and make their own 3D work. This activity can be made and displayed as a collaborative work or done individually. Work 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, and for kids who love to make.

Peter Trevelyan Survey #4 2013–14. 0.5mm mechanical pencil leads. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 2014

Peter Trevelyan Survey #4 2013–14. 0.5mm mechanical pencil leads. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 2014

Un-wearable Art
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Express your inner stylista and create a funky piece of wearable art to take home. In this lesson, your class will look at the audacious jewellery of artist Lisa Walker in her exhibition 0 + 0 = 0, as well as other works from the Gallery’s collection. Your students will learn how artists use ‘found objects’ to create 3D works of art. In the education centre, students will assemble found bits and pieces to sculpt their own wild, fun and quirky piece of art to wear.

Available until 2 April

Lisa Walker Necklace 2015. Plastic, thread. Courtesy of the artist and Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Lisa Walker Necklace 2015. Plastic, thread. Courtesy of the artist and Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

Term 1 and 2
Years 0 – 10
Collograph Prints
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  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

In this lesson, students will create beautiful patterns with colour and shape and learn an easy printmaking technique. Students will discover the works of two veteran New Zealand artists, Don Peebles and Carl Sydow, using their works as inspiration to create a colourful collograph print in the education centre.

Available from 25 March

Carl Sydow Drawing 3, III 1974. Letrafilm / letratone on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Carl Sydow Drawing 3, III 1974. Letrafilm / letratone on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

A Waka We Are All In
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Students will discuss ideas like identity, immigration, multiculturalism and local history, presented in the exhibition He waka eke noa. In the education centre, students will learn about symbols, motifs and patterns and how these can be used as tools to communicate a story. They will then make their own waka, which tells a story of who they are. A great lesson for exploring personal identity or Canterbury and Christchurch history.

Available from 18 February

William Dunning Colonization Triptych 1999. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased, 1999

William Dunning Colonization Triptych 1999. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased, 1999

Dry-brush Painting
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Lesson time: 90 Minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Students will look at and discuss a selection of landscape paintings from the Gallery’s collection, and then consider how the artist has used colour, line and mark-making in their work. This tour is supported by a practical lesson in the education centre, where students will learn simple tips and tricks to help them manage paint and use brushes correctly. Students will create their own dry-brush painting of a Canterbury landscape to take back to school.

 

Ivy Fife The Long Lookout 1950. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. Donated from the Canterbury Public Library Collection, 2001

Ivy Fife The Long Lookout 1950. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. Donated from the Canterbury Public Library Collection, 2001

Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs
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  • Developing ideas
  • Key Competencies

Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 35 students

Students will be guided through internationally acclaimed New Zealand artist Francis Upritchard’s major survey exhibition Jealous Saboteurs, exploring the eccentric and enigmatic figures and animals it contains. In the education centre, the class will make their own puzzling and quirky puppet character to take home.

Available from 25 March

Francis Upritchard Yellow and Black Gown 2012. Modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth, human hair. Collection Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Courtesy Kate MacGarry, London

Francis Upritchard Yellow and Black Gown 2012. Modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth, human hair. Collection Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Courtesy Kate MacGarry, London