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.

We'll be offering these as soon as we re-open!

Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

At Home 2020
All Levels
Activities and Resources
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Lesson time: as long as you like!

Class Limit: any students

Looking for things to do while you're stuck at home? Take a look at these worksheets and activities.

Pacific Printmaking
He Waka Eke Noa
Waka Huia

Explore our set of colouring activities based on works from our collection - check them out here

Have a go at curating your own exhibition with the works in our collection using My Gallery 

We would love to see your work when it's done - take a photo and send it to schools@christchurchartgallery.org.nz or tag us on social media!

Geoff Dixon Blue globe / Big ark 1998. Mixed media. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1999. Reproduced courtesy the artist

Geoff Dixon Blue globe / Big ark 1998. Mixed media. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1999. Reproduced courtesy the artist

Term 1
All Levels
Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania
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Lesson time: Flexible

Class Limit: 40 students

Take a self-guided tour of our exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania. Student workbooks are available to support students while they explore the spaces - download a copy below or email schools@christchurchartgallery.org.nz to organise a printed class set.

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.

 

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All Levels
Touching Sight
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

This lesson offers students the opportunity to discover the work of local artists Oliver Perkins, Conor Clarke and Emma Fitts. During a tour of Touching Sight, students will discuss how each artist has explored different processes of making and ways of seeing through playfully created photography, textiles and painting. Your students will then create their own masterpiece of collaged and woven colour to keep.

Available until 21 February

Oliver Perkins Untitled 2018. Size, acrylic and ink on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Mossman Gallery, Wellington

Oliver Perkins Untitled 2018. Size, acrylic and ink on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Mossman Gallery, Wellington

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 artforms including woodblock, Tivaevae and Tapa. During the tour they will 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.

All levels.
Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist)
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Discover the work of one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most significant artists with your class. Students will begin with a guided tour of Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist), discussing how Hotere's art charted his journeys throughout Aotearoa and the world, reflecting on his experiences, identity, and politics. They will then experiment with colour and different paint techniques to create a collaborative work for your classroom.

Available 26 March - 25 July

Marti Friedlander Ralph Hotere - The Artist's Studio, Port Chalmers 1979. Photograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1998.

Marti Friedlander Ralph Hotere - The Artist's Studio, Port Chalmers 1979. Photograph. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1998.

All levels.
Taking a Line for a Walk
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Lesson time: 90 Minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Students will explore different ways of making on a tour of the Gallery, looking at a range of artists' work and completing a series of drawing exercises. Students will then look closely at The Children's Charter, a work by Mark Braunias commissioned for our Education Centre corridor. Each student will develop their own free-form figure drawing to keep using a series of line drawings and oil pastel or paint.

Available until 11 July

Mark Braunias The Children's Charter 2010 (detail). Ink and acrylic on wall. Originally commissioned for Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2010, reworked 2015.

Mark Braunias The Children's Charter 2010 (detail). Ink and acrylic on wall. Originally commissioned for Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2010, reworked 2015.

Year 3 and up
Pauline Rhodes: Blue Mind
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 30 students

Look slowly and see deeply with one of New Zealand’s most respected installation artists. Blue Mind combines a wide array of materials, from kelp and cloth to stained wood and glass, that Rhodes has accumulated, salvaged and often recycled over many years and multiple projects. Students will navigate their way through the space and discuss the work as a group, before working together to create their own installation that considers colour and space. They will then photograph and de-install their work.

Available until 7 March.

Pauline Rhodes Hillside 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Pauline Rhodes Hillside 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Year 3 and up
Graham Bennett: Seeking a Balance
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 30 students

Discover the work of one of New Zealand's leading artists in Seeking a Balance.
Students will consider Graham Bennett's use of materials and each work's connection to the environment, and learn how the works were planned and made. They will then work collaboratively to explore form and space in a construction challenge. Works can be taken back to school or photographed and deconstructed at the end of the lesson.

Available until 21 February

Graham Bennett Squaring the Circle – Sea I (detail) 2006. Painted steel, brass, water, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin. Photo: Murray Hedwig

Graham Bennett Squaring the Circle – Sea I (detail) 2006. Painted steel, brass, water, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin. Photo: Murray Hedwig

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 kōwhaiwhai 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

Available until 2 April

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 0 – 6
Junior Map Makers
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Lesson time: 90 Minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Take a guided tour of our exhibition Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania. Students will discuss a range of artists' work and explore ideas of navigation, belonging, identity and how we are connected across time and place. Students will then use a range of materials to create a pictorial map of their journey through the Gallery using collage, colour and pattern.

John Pule Not of This Time (Dreamland) 2008 (detail). Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.

John Pule Not of This Time (Dreamland) 2008 (detail). Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019.