Vol - 27 | 29 November 2019


Kia ora and welcome to our third newsletter for 2019!  We hope your year has been rewarding and productive so far, and that the winter term hasn’t been too arduous! Whether you’ve escaped or been afflicted by one of the many viruses that have been going around (including measles!), we’re sure you will be looking forward to a deserved break at the end of term 3.
Kia ora and welcome to our fourth and final newsletter for 2019!  We hope your year has been productive, and your students inspired, developing their creative knowledge and skills, and all ready for a well-deserved Christmas break.
There has been a lot of activity in the past term with the launch of the Creative in Schools initiative. This is an exciting new programme in which professional artists and creative practitioners partner with schools and kura to share their specialist knowledge and creative practice with students/ākonga. Applications for Round One have closed with 157 schools and kura applying to be involved.
On a personal note, I was very excited to watch the recent Vodafone New Zealand music awards and see my brother Duncan Ferguson awarded ‘Music teacher of the year’. I know how hard Duncan works, how committed he is to seeing his students achieve, and what great work he is doing in the creative life of his school and the wider New Zealand music education community.
Thank you to our dedicated arts facilitators for your ongoing service:
•           Sally Waanders – Art History
•           Bridget Blair – Visual Art
•           Patrice O’ Brien – Dance
•           Ryan Timoko-Benjamin – Drama
•           Martin Emo - Music – Sound Arts
 As usual, they have been busy compiling resources and articles for you. Please let them know if you have anything that you also wish to share with the arts community.
Ngā mihi nui
Jane Ferguson
On behalf of the Arts Online team


Make the move!
So after thirteen years in the same school, I made the (mad?) decision to move schools, towns and islands! My job in a high-decile, all-girls Auckland school was a good one. I enjoyed my students, my school was supportive and I had a great team around me. So why move? Not sure really. Maybe to test myself, get out of my comfortable groove, because I could…..
So we moved to Nelson and I got a job in a mid-decile co-ed school ‘in the provinces’. It was hard at first. Moving schools mid-year is not for sissies. The students tested me big time and many tears were shed (by me, not them!!). I doubted my ability to teach and cursed the complacency that came with staying in the same job for thirteen years. No-one knew me and it seemed that no-one cared. Because I started in the middle of the year, many staff just thought I was a reliever so didn’t invest in getting to know me. It was hard. I was teaching Dance to seniors and Social Studies to year 9 and 10 along with a couple of year 9 drama classes. Add to this: new home, new town, my partner still working in Auckland. Despite all that I never once regretted the move.
Starting again in a new place and having to prove myself all over again has been exciting, invigorating and one of the best things I have done for a long time. Life in Nelson is great – small town living has a lot going for it. Teaching subjects I am unfamiliar with and teaching boys again after so long honed my teaching skills and made me a better teacher.
My advice: don’t stay in the same place for too long. Take that step into the unknown, make the move. It’s worth it!
- Verity Davidson


This year the Arts community welcomed two new funding streams that support the involvement of youth in the arts. Toi Rangitahi funding from Creative New Zealand covers the areas of participation, leadership and engagement.
Creatives in Schools funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage alongside Creative New Zealand will provide a huge boost for schools to run arts focused initiatives building on the previous artists in schools.
Art History
Justin Paton - McCahon Country - Penguin Books RRP $75
In this landmark new book celebrated writer and curator Justin Paton takes readers on a journey through the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand as seen by our foremost modern artist.
Louise Henderson: From Life - RRP $65
The first book that covers her entire career connects this extraordinary artist with an international discussion about women modernists and confirms her importance in New Zealand's visual culture.
Registrations are now open for Contemporary Dance uNZipped - a professional learning course for teachers of NCEA dance. This is the 12th year of uNZipped. The organisers are expecting about 40 teachers to spend 4 days from 20 - 23 January at TAPAC in Auckland enjoying some new dance challenges offered by educators and dance professionals.
A summary of the NCEA panel discussion from the MENZA 19’ conference was shared. This captured preliminary thoughts on what the NCEA review could look like for Music.
The Vodafone Music Artisan Awards were held in November and Duncan Ferguson from St Andrews College in Christchurch was awarded the Music Teacher of the Year. The other nominated teachers were Sue Banham and Jane Egan. Thanks to Mike at the NZ Music Commission for starting and supporting this award.
One of the most exciting opportunities to come out of the government in October was a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Creative NZ and Ministry of Heritage and Culture called ‘Creatives in Schools’ Initiative. Think of it as a refresh and change from the old ‘Artists in Schools’ project from before my time. Also think of it like the NZ Music Commission’s Music mentors program but spread over 8-20 weeks. It is a funded project, with money for expenses, your time and the artists.
Visual Arts
Following on the Education Conversation scoping surveys the Ministry of Education is working through a process to review learning and achievement related to NCEA. Visual Arts is one of the trial subjects currently working towards the review of achievement standards. Other subjects in the trial are English, Science and Religious studies.


Art History
A New Digital Museum in Paris
A new digital museum is lighting up an old abandoned factory in Paris.
The Importance of the Arts in Providing a Well - Rounded Education
Arts subjects being squeezed out in schools means the education system is failing to produce well-rounded, creative children, the head of Arts Council England has said.
PS DANCE! is a documentary that captures what happens when students add dance to their daily studies. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline. Here is the trailer.
This short TED talk I Believe in the Power of Dance by Cara Scrementi discusses what students learn in making choreography that can be useful in their lives outside dance.
Out of the UK, the Drama, Theatre and Young People Manifesto, and developed by several drama and theatre organisations across the UK, the manifesto is a call for every child and young person to have an entitlement to drama throughout their education.
Popular Repeat: TEDx Rachel Harry - How Theatre Education Can Save The World
“By its very nature, the theater demands inclusion, cooperation, responsibility, and coming to grips with one’s emotions—even when it’s simply playing a role. “This is powerful medicine for the teenager,” Rachel Harry muses. For Rachel, art requires creativity and the confidence that comes from outside-the-box thinking, even when the results are a few lumps and bruises. For her work teaching teenagers, she recently won the Tony Award for Excellence in Theater Education.”
A first year PHD student who enjoys data and visualizations made this great time-lapse video of the most popular albums from 1969 to 2019 according to yearly certified sales.

Arts Events

Art History and Visual Arts

Louise Henderson: From Life - Sat 2 Nov 2019 — Sun 8 Mar 2020
The first major survey of work by French-born, New Zealand artist Louise Henderson (1902–1994).  Featuring work from across Henderson’s seven-decade career, the exhibition traces the development of the artist’s bold and colourful abstract style.
A Place to Paint - Colin McCahon in Auckland - until 27 Jan, 2020
This exhibition considers McCahon’s long-time relationship with Auckland and the significance of the physical, spiritual and cultural landscape on his painting.
Preview: Wonderland - Te Papa
Free and Exclusive to Friends Members
Friday 6 December, 2pm - 5
Join us for this free and exclusive preview of Wonderland before it opens to the general public. Fall down the rabbit hole into an immersive exhibition celebrating Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale and Alice’s adventures on film.
Shannon Te Ao- Artist Talk - Christchurch City Art Gallery 7th Dec 3pm - Phillip Carter Auditorium.
Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) will talk about his work Untitled (Malady) in Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive, and consider recent work that in various ways resonates with a conception of time found in the whakatauki Ka mua, ka muri, ‘walking backwards into the future’.
Frances Hodgkins Talk - Dunedin Public Art Galleryby Joanne Drayton.1 December 3-4pm
Joanne Drayton, author, artist and teacher, will discuss aspects of Frances Hodgkins’ life before and after leaving New Zealand. Dr Drayton will also include the exhibition The Circle in this talk, which makes connections between women artists working alongside, in parallel to, and following on from Frances Hodgkins.

The RNZB’s Hansel and Gretel is still touring around New Zealand. This major premiere brings together many of New Zealand’s creative talents to tell a timeless tale for audiences young and old.
NZBA Summer Brass in AKL 2020.
Nelson Early Keyboard Festival 2020
ETHNO 2020 is now open for registrations.
IRMTNZ Conference 16-19th Jan.
Adam Summer School in sunny Nelson is open for applications.
NZ Chamber Contest dates are now confirmed.


"SOLO Taxonomy in Music Education" (2019)
This book outlines how to apply Solo Taxononomy in a variety of topics including tracking musical progress and developing self-regulation in Music. Each topic is supported with practical guidance on how to use SOLO in the classroom with resources and examples.
Recommended for anyone who is about to embark on reviewing their music curriculum and producing rubrics of learning.
Teacher Resource Exchange

Visual Arts: Maori Artforms posters - covering kowhaiwhai, tukutuku, raranga and whakairo

Research/Professional readings

Music - Sound Arts

Musical Futures is an educational approach based on Lucy Green’s methodology of teaching classroom music through Informal learning with popular music. In addition to running professional learning development days, they host a wide range of resources on their website. This includes play-along tracks, songwriting guides and advice on how to start.
Art History
How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive
Some schools are now weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride.
Do Art Movements Still Matter?
Art movements are helpful for scholars, museums, and audiences attempting to understand artists of the past than they are for artists making sense of the present. Since the middle of the 20th century, the idea of movements has eroded as the art world has become increasingly fractured.

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