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.

Term 1 2018
Year 3+
Dry-point Etching
+ Description
  • 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

In this lesson students discover drawings and prints from our collection and learn about different printmaking techniques. Your class will tour the exhibitions and look at a selection of prints, learning how these were planned and created. In the Education Centre students will design their own dry-point etching and print their work on a card to take home.

Charles Meryon Le Malingre Cryptogame 1845. Etching. Collection of Canterbury Museum

Charles Meryon Le Malingre Cryptogame 1845. Etching. Collection of Canterbury Museum

Year 3+
John Stezaker: Lost World
+ Description
  • 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

Get creative with John Stezaker: Lost World. How can we redefine the meaning of an image by changing its context? What is pareidolia? Students will explore Stezaker’s distinctive collages through discussion and a series of surrealist activities before heading to the Education Centre to create their own collage using found images.

Available from 24 March 2018

John Stezaker Mask (Film Portrait Collage) CCVII 2016. Courtesy The Approach, London

John Stezaker Mask (Film Portrait Collage) CCVII 2016. Courtesy The Approach, London

Year 3+
Landscape Painting in New Zealand
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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

In this lesson students will explore more than 100 years of landscape painting in 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, students will learn to manage paint and use brushes correctly before creating their own painting of a landscape to take back to school.

Available from 5 March 2018

James McLachlan Nairn A Summer Idyll 1897. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932

James McLachlan Nairn A Summer Idyll 1897. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932

Years 0 – 6
Ko Wai Tātou? Who Are We?
+ Description
  • 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

What does it mean to be a New Zealander? How can we show identity in art? Your class will tour the exhibition spaces examining a range of works and take part in activities which explore these ideas. In the Education Centre students will use a range of media to create a work which explores their identity alongside famous New Zealanders. These can be used as a starting point for further enquiry at school.

Juliet Peter North Canterbury Pastoral Scene 1943. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Judith Willet Ensor Bequest, 2006

Juliet Peter North Canterbury Pastoral Scene 1943. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Judith Willet Ensor Bequest, 2006

Years 0 – 10
Māori Motif
+ Description
  • 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

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, which tells the story of who they are.


Available from 5 March 2018

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

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

Years 0 – 10
The Weight of Sunlight
+ Description
  • 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

In this lesson students will learn how to paint like the masters. Your class will look through our exhibition The Weight of Sunlight and examine how artists apply paint to create texture, layers of colour and tone. In the education centre students will experiment with oil pastels, learning simple tips and tricks before creating their own artwork filled with colour and light.

 

Lucy Kemp-Welch In the Orchard [Sunlight through the Leaves] 1904–5. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts 1932

Lucy Kemp-Welch In the Orchard [Sunlight through the Leaves] 1904–5. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts 1932

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

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
Sun Art Still Life
+ Description
  • 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

This lesson combines creativity with scientific processes of photography. Your class will be given a guided tour and discover the works of Ann Shelton in her exhibition Dark Matter. They will look at how a photographer uses the frame and places objects carefully, explore how light travels through the lens and forms the image inside the camera. They will also learn about the photographic process by creating their own camera-less photo using light-sensitive paper.

Ann Shelton The Ingénue, Yarrow (Achillea sp.) from the series jane says. 2015–ongoing. Pigment print

Ann Shelton The Ingénue, Yarrow (Achillea sp.) from the series jane says. 2015–ongoing. Pigment print

Years 0 – 10
Geometry in Art
+ Description
  • 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

How do artists use maths in their work? This lesson explores geometric abstraction through a series of activities and discussions exploring shape and colour alongside mathematical techniques such as repetition, reflection and rotation. In the Education Centre students will create their own colourful mixed media work exploring what they have learned.

Ian Scott Small Lattice No. 54 1981. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 1981

Ian Scott Small Lattice No. 54 1981. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, purchased 1981

Years 0 – 10
Clay Portraits
+ Description
  • 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

Students learn about the history of the portrait, discuss why people commission them and what motivates artists to paint one. Your class will tour our exhibition spaces examining portraits from the collection to see how different artists portray themselves and others. Students will then learn about the proportions of the face while making their own self-portrait using clay.

Available from 5 March 2018

Ronnie van Hout Quasi 2016. Steel, polystyrene and resin. Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Ronnie van Hout Quasi 2016. Steel, polystyrene and resin. Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu