Education

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

Bianca van Leeuwen
(+ 64 3) 941 7373; (+64 27) 2940137
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 education and learning specialist, Bianca van Leeuwen:
(+64 3) 941 7373; (+64 27) 2940137

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 a wonderful resources for the Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania exhibition 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

Term 1
All Levels
Portraits
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

What is a portrait? On a guided tour of selected works in Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection students will consider how artists represent themselves and others in a range of different ways. In the Education Centre students will create a self-portrait to take back to school.

Rita Angus A Goddess of Mercy 1945-1947. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1956.

Rita Angus A Goddess of Mercy 1945-1947. Oil on canvas. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1956.

Year 3 and up
Layered Landscapes
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

Discover the work of Barbara Tuck and a range of other artists exploring the distinctive landscapes of Aotearoa. After a guided tour of the Gallery, students will discuss the styles and techniques each artist has used and think about how they might influence our interpretation of a place. They will then create collaborative paintings in groups, each working on a piece of landscape before combining them to form a layered composition.

Available 15 October - 23 March

Barbara Tuck Spirit Terrace 2017. Oil on board. Private collection

Barbara Tuck Spirit Terrace 2017. Oil on board. Private collection

Year 3 and up
Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata revisits the shared colonial history of Tainui and Taranaki Māori through the visual language of military architecture and war memorials. Connections are also made to our local history through the addition of a work made especially for Ōtautahi. Your students will take a tour of the exhibition, followed by a practical lesson in our Education Centre in which they will create a work to keep using one of the artist's sculpting techniques.


Available 5 November - 19 February

Brett Graham Cease Tide of Wrong-Doing 2020. Kauri panels on wood and metal structure. Courtesy of the artist and Bartley & Company Art. Photo: Neil Pardington.

Brett Graham Cease Tide of Wrong-Doing 2020. Kauri panels on wood and metal structure. Courtesy of the artist and Bartley & Company Art. Photo: Neil Pardington.

Term 1 and 2
All Levels
What is Drawing?
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

Do you really need a pencil and paper to draw? Explore our new collection-driven exhibition, which expands the idea of what drawing might be as a way of thinking and a creative strategy. Following the tour students will draw using some unexpected materials.

Available 11 March - 2 July

Peter Robinson Die Cuts and Derivations 2015. Cut wool felt. Private collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Coastal Signs.

Peter Robinson Die Cuts and Derivations 2015. Cut wool felt. Private collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Coastal Signs.

All Levels
Ink on Paper
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Lesson time: 90-105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

Dive into the many forms of printmaking on display in our upcoming exhibition Ink on Paper. Students will learn about different printing techniques and make sketches in the Gallery to build their mark-making skills before heading to our Education Centre to create a print of their own. Making options will be tailored to each year level.

Available 11 February - 28 May

Roland Hipkins East Cape 1940. Woodcut. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1992.

Roland Hipkins East Cape 1940. Woodcut. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1992.

All Levels
Xoë Hall: Kuīni of the Worlds
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Lesson time: 105 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Discover Kāi Tahu artist Xoë Hall’s wild new mural celebrating atua wāhine with your class. Inside the Gallery students will compare Xoë’s work with some of the ways other artists have represented or acknowledged atua. They will then head to our Education Centre and make a collaborative collage that represents a Māori atua to take back to school.

Xoë Hall Kuīni of the Worlds (installation view) 2022. Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Courtesy of the artist

Xoë Hall Kuīni of the Worlds (installation view) 2022. Commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Courtesy of the artist

All Levels
Salote Tawale
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students students

Be inspired by Salote Tawale and create your own colourful cardboard installation as a class! Salote is a Sydney-based Fijian artist who works in video, painting, sculpture, performance and installation to make work that focuses on cultural identity and self-representation. Students will take a guided tour of the installation and other works in the Gallery before getting creative in our Education Centre.

Available 11 March -18 June

Salote Tawale Love from here (installation view) 2021. Murray Art Museum Albury. Image by Jeremy Weihrauch.

Salote Tawale Love from here (installation view) 2021. Murray Art Museum Albury. Image by Jeremy Weihrauch.

Year 3 and up
Shape Up
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Lesson time: 90 minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Take a guided tour of selected works in Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection and examine how artists use colour, space, form and pattern to activate the eye. During the tour students will make recordings to use in the Education Centre where they will create an abstract work of art to take back to school.

Available from 6 August

Julia Morison Tootoo 2006. Mixed media on aluminium laminate. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, gift of the artist, 2008

Julia Morison Tootoo 2006. Mixed media on aluminium laminate. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, gift of the artist, 2008

Years 0 – 6
Junior Map Makers
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Lesson time: 90 Minutes

Class Limit: 36 students

Explore the Gallery with your students, discuss a range of artists’ work and explore ideas of navigation, belonging, identity and how we are connected across time and place. During the guided tour students will use signs and symbols to create a pictorial map of their own identity and journey through the Gallery which they will then complete using watercolour and pastel in our Education Centre. A great lesson for preschoolers and junior primary students!

Graham Bennett Reasons for Voyaging 2007.

Graham Bennett Reasons for Voyaging 2007.

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