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

Our education programmes offer students first-hand experience with real works of art whilst developing their creative and critical thinking skills. We make links across the New Zealand curriculum as well as provide 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.

Lessons take 90 – 120 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
Activities and Resources
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Lesson time: as long as you like!

Class Limit: any students

Looking for things to do at home or school? 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

All Levels
Self-guided Tours
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Lesson time: as long as you like!

Class Limit: any students

Our lessons often book up fast but you are always welcome to bring your students on a self-guided tour of the Gallery. We have some wonderful resources for the Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania and Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) exhibitions which you can use to guide your students through the spaces. Check out all of our current exhibitions here

Please ensure you go over the Gallery Guidelines with your students so that they are aware of expectations in the Gallery spaces.

Email schools@christchurchartgallery.org.nz and let us know when to expect you. so we are able manage any clashes with events and other tours. 

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.

Download our Gallery Guidelines below.

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Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

Students on a guided tour of the Gallery

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.

Available until 5 June

 

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Term 1
All Levels
Te Puna Waiora: The Distinguished Weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi
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Lesson time: 90 mintes

Class Limit: 36 students

The story of Māori weaving is one of great skill, determination and survival. When colonisation threatened Māori culture and society, the women continued to weave. Against overwhelming odds, Māori upheld the mana and traditions of raranga, passing down their skills and knowledge—the eternal thread—ensuring that this vital practice thrives in our contemporary world. Te Puna Waiora celebrates the great mana of the senior Māori weavers of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the complexity and beauty of their work. Your class will take a guided tour of the exhibition and discuss selected works
before practising their own weaving skills in our Education Centre.

Available 31 January – 3 April

Whero o te Rangi Bailey QSO (Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) Te Amo Oranganui ki te Ao (detail) 2004. Harakeke, feathers from pūtangitangi, pūkeko and weka. Collection of Soroptimist International of Aotearoa New Zealand

Whero o te Rangi Bailey QSO (Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) Te Amo Oranganui ki te Ao (detail) 2004. Harakeke, feathers from pūtangitangi, pūkeko and weka. Collection of Soroptimist International of Aotearoa New Zealand

Year 3 and up
Drypoint Etching
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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

Take a tour with your class through the Gallery spaces and discover drawings and prints from our collection. During the tour students will learn about different printmaking techniques and make recordings which explore composition, line and mark-making. In the Education Centre students will use their recordings to create a dry point etching and print their work on a card to take home.

Available 31 January – 14 April

Eleanor Hughes Apple Tree c.1930. Dry point etching. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2001.

Eleanor Hughes Apple Tree c.1930. Dry point etching. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2001.

Year 3 and up
Joanna Margaret Paul: Imagined in the context of a room
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

This major exhibition presents a close study of Joanna Margaret Paul’s career from the 1970s to the 2000s. Moving across the different phases of Paul’s life as an artist, the exhibition traces key journeys that shaped her career: from Ōtepoti Dunedin to Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula, Whanganui and beyond. Your class will take a guided tour of the exhibition and discuss selected works before practising painting techniques by creating their own still-life painting in our Education Centre. 

Available 31 January – 13 March

Joanna Margaret Paul Untitled, 22 Royal Terrace 1971. Acrylic on board. Private collection. Courtesy of Joanna Margaret Paul Estate

Joanna Margaret Paul Untitled, 22 Royal Terrace 1971. Acrylic on board. Private collection. Courtesy of Joanna Margaret Paul Estate

Term 1 and 2
All Levels
Francis Upritchard
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Pushing a stone up a hill alone is no fun. Francis Upritchard’s arresting new sculptures, pottery and paintings – made with help from collaborators across Aotearoa – recall the solitary punishment of Sisyphus, but instead endorse the power of collaboration to meet even the most daunting challenges. Your class will take a guided tour of the space before heading to our Education Centre to create a sculpture of their own!

Available 2 April – 24 July

Francis Upritchard Printer 2021. Steel and foil armature, paint, modelling material, fabric, metal, felt, kangaroo hide, hair

Francis Upritchard Printer 2021. Steel and foil armature, paint, modelling material, fabric, metal, felt, kangaroo hide, hair

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.

Available until 5 June

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
Watercolour Landscapes
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Your class will compare how artists have portrayed the land through a selection of landscape paintings on display in the Gallery. During the tour, students will consider why each location was chosen, how each work has been composed and explore how artists use light, colour and mark-making in their work. In the Education Centre, students will create their own layered watercolour painting of a local landscape to take back to school. 

Available 31 January – 5 June

Owen Merton Farm Scene 1909. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Donated from the Canterbury Public Library

Owen Merton Farm Scene 1909. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Donated from the Canterbury Public Library

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.

Available until 5 June

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.

Term 4
All Levels
Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Share a moment of magic and possibility with your class under the rustling, glittering golden leaves of Reuben Paterson’s life-sized hand-sculpted tree. In Māori cosmology, it was Tāne, the forest god, who pushed apart his earth mother Papatūānuku and sky father Ranginui to create Te Ao Mārama – room and light for people. In the classroom students will sculpt their own (biodegradable) glitter masterpiece to take home.

Available 30 October - 30 January

Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2014. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo: Bryan James

Reuben Paterson The Golden Bearing 2014. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo: Bryan James