Kia ora and welcome to the August edition of our newsletter. Spring is around the corner and we hope you are enjoying the lighter, brighter mornings and hopefully renewed energy levels.
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• Sally Waanders – Art History
• Bridget Blair – Visual Arts
• Patrice O’ Brien – Dance
• Ryan Benjamin – Drama
• Martin Emo - Music – Sound Arts
Music Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA) has signed a contract with the Ministry of Education to be a Network of Expertise for the next two years. They will deliver Professional Learning and Development around the country, including in regional centres. Two part-time Kaiārahi will be appointed shortly to support this network.
DSANZ is running a professional learning day in Auckland on 1 September. Topics covered include:
Preparing students for writing and external assessment in dance and engaging with DSANZ examination support materials.
Think-Tank: the NCEA Review and associated education conversation items from a dance education perspective.
Raising the standard of choreography in student assessments.
Integrating performance skills, technique, and conditioning of student dancers as regular classroom practice.
Registrations for this PLD day are now open here.
A dance scholarship workshop was held in Auckland recently for teachers and students to find out more about approaches to scholarship. Another workshop will be held in Wellington on Monday 17 September. Contact Donna Montgomery for details.
Assessment specifications for Art History
Links to the assessment specifications for the external Art History examinations for 2018.
Note the changes that have been made to Level 3 AS 91483 (Meaning) and AS 91484 (Context) for this year’s examination.
External examination timetable:
Level 1 Art History – Friday, 30 November - am
Level 2 Art History – Thursday, 22 November - am
Level 3 Art History – Wednesday, 7 November - am
The Big Sing Finale will take place 30 Aug to 1 Sept at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.
Drummer Steve Gadd will be touring NZ in October. One of the most influential drummers of all time. With a résumé that boasts sessions and tours with the likes of Chick Corea to Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Paul Simon - Steve Gadd has contributed his indelible stamp of rock, jazz, blues, fusion and pop.
DSANZ (Dance Subject Association) AGM and awards on Saturday 1 September, 2018. 4pm, at Ormiston Junior College, 285 Ormiston Rd, Flatbush, Manukau, Auckland.
Gallery Events around NZ
Auckland City Art Gallery
Wi Taepa: Retrospective - Sat 28 Apr 2018 — Sun 30 Sep 2018: this exhibition celebrates the life and work of senior Māori clay artist Wi Taepa as it looks back at over 30 years of his art practice.
The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand – Te Hokinga Mai. Sat 14 Apr 2018 — Sun 2 Dec 2018. Gottfried Lindauer (1839–1926) is one of New Zealand’s most prolific portrait painters of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark - Tony Fomison: E ngaro ana i te pouri.18 Aug – 4 Nov 2018. An exhibition featuring monsters, misfits, and medical deformities that explores what it means to be an outsider.
Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow - Ko Rongowhakaata: Ruku i te Pō, Ruku i te Ao. Long-term exhibition: Explore the land, people, and stories of Rongowhakaata, an iwiiwi tribe whose unique art reflects their innate creativity, rich history, and innovative spirit.
Robert George - The Embrace of Night (Go to Sleep) - 30 July- 16th Sept 2018 - A Rear Window Project.
John Vea - Two recent works - 14 July - 22 Oct 2018. John Vea (b. 1985, Aotearoa/Tonga) is a Tämaki Makaurau-based contemporary artist whose work explores narratives surrounding Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific) migration, labour and employment.
Australian radio station, Triple J, have made a 15-part series on music. The first 5 videos include the science and physics behind “Why do we sing?” The fifth video is titled “What does a DJ actually do?” and offers a really great overview of what is involved from a variety of genres.
Roimata Smail is a lawyer but in her spare time she writes songs in Te Reo for teachers to use in primary schools. She came up with the idea after her husband, a teacher, complained that he didn't have any good resources to teach Te Reo. 18 tracks later, Roimata has created an online resource, Wai Ako that is used to teach by about 2000 pupils in New Zealand. She's just completed recording her latest six tracks and in this interview on Radio NZ, she talks through how the songs work in the classroom and how they are being used.
Rene Magritte at the MOMA: René Magritte was a Belgian painter who passed away in 1967.While he left the world after the middle of the twentieth century, he certainly made an indelible impact on art and culture. A short commentary about his work and a major show on his work at the Museum of Modern Art.
How To Be an Artist, according to Henri Matisse: in the early 20th century, a Frenchman named Henri Matisse shocked the Parisian art world with his painting Woman with a Hat (1905). His application of radically expressive colours to his subject made no logical sense, leaving viewers and critics scratching their heads. Matisse used strange, vivid colours to render not what he saw in reality, but what he felt. This approach would lead to the development of Fauvism - one of the first modern art movements and would cement Matisse’s place as one of the greatest painters in modern art history.
Ten Images that Changed the Course of Photography: a new book by Ian Haydn Smith—The Short Story of Photography: A Pocket Guide to Key Genres, Works, Themes & Techniques, from Laurence King Publishing—spotlights pivotal images that have shaped both artistic expression and public opinion.
Why Fewer Galleries are Opening than Ten Years Ago: the rate of galleries opening has fallen dramatically over the past decade. In 2017, just 0.9 galleries opened for every one that shuttered, down from five openings to every closure 10 years prior, a sign the art market could be losing its dynamism as new entrants face increasingly high barriers to entry.
A Waka Odyssey Teacher Resource Kit was created by the 2018 NZ Festival to celebrate a shared voyaging past and a Pacific future. This includes articles, videos, music and fact sheets in English and Te Reo.
Dance and Science: the Water Cycle uses dance as a way for children to learn about and demonstrate their understanding of the water cycle and of various cloud types. It has an outline of a teaching learning process that can be adapted for different age groups.