Vol - 25 | 15 July 2019


Kia ora and welcome to the second edition of our newsletter for 2019! We hope you have had a satisfying, enjoyable and productive year to date. No doubt term 1 was a busy one, as you re-established your programme, classes, and activities, and we imagine you will be well and truly ready for a deserved break as term 2 draws to a close.

Please note an important change to how the mailing lists operate that means you can now reply individually to a post if it’s not so appropriate for your reply to go to all subscribers. You’ll notice that when you select ‘reply’ to an arts online community email, two addresses now come up in the ‘To’ box -- the person who sent the email/created the post, and a “…” email address for all subscribers. Remember to delete one of the two addresses, depending on whether you want to reply to the individual or the entire community.

As you may know, Maria Lute has left her role as arts online project manager, and we (Jane Ferguson and Simon Chiaroni) have taken up the reins. It’s a great pleasure to be involved in such an important initiative and working with five such dedicated art facilitators. As usual, they have been busy compiling resources and articles to inspire and motivate you. Please let them know if you have anything that you also wish to share with our wonderful arts community.

•           Sally Waanders – Art History

•           Bridget Blair – Visual Arts

•           Patrice O’ Brien – Dance

•           Ryan Timoko-Benjamin – Drama

•           Martin Emo - Music – Sound Arts

Ngā mihi nui

Simon Chiaroni

On behalf of the Arts Online team

Editorial -- the value of a supportive online community

I’ve been involved in quite a few online communities over the years, in the fields of education, publishing and evaluation research. My experience has reflected what research has shown time and time again -- that online forums and listserv email systems such as Arts Online uses can make a real difference for practitioners when two conditions are met:

  • participants make time to take part thoughtfully and supportively
  • moderation ensures posts are focused and relevant and that interactions and respectful.

From my discussions with the facilitators and noticing the many posts that go through, I’m confident that the arts online communities are meeting these two conditions. As a result, they are very well patronised, with membership and participation growing year-on-year.

I was struck by the supportive nature of the arts online communities recently because of a series of posts. They began with a teacher sharing a heartfelt message to her community saying she’d “lost her why” and didn’t know “which way to turn”. She was really struggling to maintain the most important reasons for teaching and to find the balance between aiming for good results and for all students to enjoy and find meaning in the discipline. Within a day, 12 teachers replied to the post, all with wonderfully supportive responses, often saying ‘I was in this exact same place recently’, recognising that the answers aren’t easy but providing strong encouragement to persevere none-the-less, because of the importance of the work.

Whether it’s offering emotional or subject-specific support, It can take quite a bit of time to think through and craft a response to a question or message. But doing so can make a real difference to individual teachers’ state of mind and practice, and to the health of the entire community.

Simon Chiaroni

Consultant, Cognition Education


NZQA - All Subjects

NZQA are seeking to fill roles for markers a verifiers across several subject disciplines.


Assessor support options available for direct request and booking via clusters and subject associations.


NZQA Assessment & Moderation Spotlights: unpacking achievement standards; transforming assessment praxis programme and TAP testimonials.



Performing Arts Technologies assessment materials and resources are now managed by SkillsActive. It is important to review new systems and process for assessing and moderating standards within this framework.


PD for Art History:

Art History PD Day to be held in Auckland, Friday 6th September.

Details of venue, content, cost and registration to follow early next term.



There have been some changes to the requirement for including a DVD of the dance studied for external dance exams. Please read the information carefully as it may affect you depending on which dance you have chosen to study.


Visual Arts

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE) 2020 Conference Otautahi (Christchurhc) 15-17th April planning is underway - expressions of interest / proposals for presenting are due Sunday 21st July


NZQA has been running a series of Best Practice Workshops on the achievement standards related to producing a resolved work in any media (commonly referred to as point-fives) in conjunction with regional Art Teachers Associations this year which has been very well received.


If you are a Visual Arts teacher wanting to connect with others in the Primary sector in New Zealand - try the Primary Art Ideas Facebook page.


A Creatives in Schools programme has been announced to the tune of just over 7 million dollars in the recently released Education Portfolio Budget 2019. It will be delivered to schools and kura. Professional artists and creative practitioners will partner with schools to share specialist artistic knowledge and creative practice with students.


Music - Sound Arts

Updates and resources for the Performing Arts Technology Unit standards have been uploaded to the Skills Active Website. Important changes to the moderation procedures are detailed. 

Invercargill Secondary, ECE/Primary Music PLD with MENZA and Networks of Expertise.  

Retrieving music classes from the Jaws of NCEA - Curriculum Design PLD in AKL.


Arts- General

How Arts Teachers Are Strengthening Students' Social-Emotional Muscles

“...if teachers recognize the hidden social-emotional potential in arts instruction-or any instruction-they can unlock powerful learning by carefully planning that instruction to support and develop those skills.”


Visual Arts

This video highlights Chromacon New Zealand’s indie arts festival with thousands expected to attend.


This One News clip about an Auckland couple and their approach to tā moko.


Vice article: New Zealand Is Burning Out a Generation of Young Artists

Bookriot - great endorsement of childrens’ author Sacha Cotter and illustrator Josh Morgan both from Aotearoa.


Art History

Titian - Sacred and Profane Love - a controversial work

Sacred and Profane Love is not only for its very high aesthetic quality - it is considered one of Titian's youth masterpieces - but above all for the aura of mystery that surrounds the interpretation of its subject and more generally the whole history of the painting.


What Makes a Master: Titian 

Interesting discussion about the restoration of Titian's masterpiece A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria.

RIP Roger Blackley - Art Historian who “broke new ground in understanding colonial culture”.



The Creative Brain - Trailer

A new documentary where Neuroscientist David Eagleman taps into the creative process of various innovators while exploring brain-bending, risk-taking ways to spark creativity. Also available on Netflix.


Opinion: Professor Peter O’Connor asks, “Why are we not resourcing all teachers to be creatives?

“Music, dance and drama have particularly suffered. Teachers have been starved of professional development in the arts, alongside so many other discipline areas. Teachers need opportunities to engage in this field and to understand the potential for cross-curricular learning to skillfully build the arts into their everyday teaching.”


Identity and the Actor - TED Talk: America Ferrera

Quoting: Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like, says actor, director and activist America Ferrera. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media -- and a shift in how we tell our stories. "Presence creates possibility," she says. "Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures."



Black Grace, a New Zealand dance company, takes the stage with an explosive program that mixes rhythm, spirit, and energy. The Boston Globe hails their work as "a strikingly imaginative fusion of traditional Samoan/Maori dance and contemporary styles." 


Music - Sound Arts

How do you develop an introduction-level Music theory course that doesn’t just focus on Western Art Music? Have a look here at Ethan Hein’s outline and resources. 


Re-creating R2D2 sounds on the original ARP2600 Synthesiser. 

Arts Events


Engaging Learners Through Drama, presented by TRCC and Drama New Zealand, 2nd-4th October, Wellington


Art History / Visual Arts

Art belongs to us’: Behind the scenes at Ōtāhuhu’s first-ever art gallery



Auckland City Art Gallery

Frances Hodgkins - European Journeys - until 1st September

This exhibition is the culmination of a significant international project to bring together artworks from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century art.


The Body Reborn - until 30th November

The 1980s was a progressive decade in Aotearoa New Zealand and notable for the rise of the feminist art movement and the Māori women’s art movement. 


Te Papa Wellington

The New Photography - Life in the 60s and 70s - until 13th October

The 1960s and 1970s, those decades of social change and experimentation, were the start of all sorts of things in New Zealand. For photography they marked the beginnings of contemporary, or art, photography.


Gordon Walters - New Vision - until 13th October

This exhibition provides an in-depth look into the development of Walters’ work, and reveals the different art forms which fuelled his vision and inspired the creation of a singular visual language.


Christchurch City Gallery

William Wegman - Being Human - until 28th July

Dogs have occupied William Wegman’s artworks ever since he brought his Weimaraner to his studio in 1970. Being Human tracks three decades of relationships between the enigmatic American artist and his four-legged muses.


Hidden Light - Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography - until 25th August

This exhibition is an exploration of an often overlooked aspect of our artistic past. This exhibition highlights the contribution of pioneering photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu.


Dunedin City Gallery

Nicola Jackson - Venus Fly Traps - until 4th August

Across time, Nicola Jackson’s work has consistently reflected her interest in human anatomy and the intersections between science, psychology and art history. Venus Fly Traps explores the idea of fatal attraction through a series of ‘receptacles’ and ‘lures’. 

In Motion - The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art - until 29 September

This exhibition explores ideas of movement, motion and interactivity through works by Sara Hughes, Tiffany Singh, Rebecca Baumann, and Haines + Hinterding. In this family-friendly, hands on exhibition.  



Engaging Learners Through Drama, presented by TRCC and Drama New Zealand, 2nd-4th October, Wellington


Music- Sound Arts

The Bi-annual MENZA conference titled ‘REMIX’ will take place 7-9 October in Christchurch.

Wellington Band and Orchestra (WEBO) festival 16-18 August. 

New Beginnings - Songwriting workshop with Bic Runga in CHCH.

WE Can Sing! Choir event 13 Aug in WLG.


Art History
Thirteen Artists Who Highlight the Power of Words
There’s a significant aesthetic dimension to the writing we read daily—in emails and books, on packaging and signs—and so it makes sense that visual artists have co-opted graphic design and typography strategies for their own philosophical ends.
The Problem of Linking Creativity with Mental Illness

It’s a question that’s still applicable and widely debated: Is there a link between mental illness and creativity? In other words, does suffering through some disconnection from reality confer upon the sufferer greater powers of creativity? From a psychiatric viewpoint, the answer is no, definitely not.


Level 2:

Why Manet’s Masterpiece Has Confounded Historians for over a Century

Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863), known in English as The Luncheon on the Grass, was first shown in the historic exhibition Salon des Refuses. The artwork not only stirred controversy, it also helped inaugurate a new kind of painting.

The Fascinating Story about the Painting that Led to Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

Like many of his most celebrated paintings, Starry Night Over the Rhone was inspired by Van Gogh’s time spent in the South of France. Though this piece is not as well-known as the swirling Starry Night he would later complete, it remains an important part of his portfolio.


Level 3:

Understanding Renaissance Master Raphael Through 5 Key Artworks

Raphael embraced sensuality in and out of his studio. He began charming wealthy patrons from a young age, ensuring that he always had commissions to execute and money to spend. Raphael was a prolific artist who produced a varied body of work that brought Renaissance painting to its pinnacle—despite the fact that he died at age 37, in 1520.

Piero della Francesca - the Mathematics of Art

In art history there are men who baptize an age with their production, they revolutionize it. Piero della Francesca is one of these men. Nevertheless, for a long time his figure fell into oblivion and was remembered only for his mathematical and theoretical studies.

Understanding Edward Hopper’s Lonely Vision Beyond ‘Nighthawks”

Hopper’s  oeuvre has become inseparable from a certain image of inter- and post-war America, when the country underwent rapid change and grew increasingly affluent, but feelings of anxiety and detachment abounded

100 Years On Why Dada Still Matters

How does one become famous? By saying dada...How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, Europeanized, enervated? By saying dada.” In this spirit of anarchy, a new artistic and literary movement called Dada burst forth in Zurich 100 years ago.



How Arts Teachers Are Strengthening Students' Social-Emotional Muscles

“...if teachers recognize the hidden social-emotional potential in arts instruction-or any instruction-they can unlock powerful learning by carefully planning that instruction to support and develop those skills.”

Why dance is just as important as maths

Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson.


Music - Sound Arts

Following the success of Learning Music, Ableton has just released another free website: Learning Synths. It’s an interactive website that puts a powerful but easy-to-learn synthesizer right in the browser. Best of all, it comes with its own step-by-step lessons so your students can learn the fundamentals of synthesis at their own pace. The lessons in Learning Synths start with the very basics, so they’re even perfect for starters. The “Playground” lets you dive right into sound design with a rich-sounding instrument that's built for exploration and play.  

Teacher Resource Exchange (Additions to the site)*

Visual Arts
Ko wai au? Typographic design incorporating kowhaiwhai elements.

Research/Professional readings (Additions to the site)*

Art History

The Art Market Has Stagnated - It's time for Industry to Act

The art market did once experience staggering growth—in the decade leading up to 2008, globalization and a boom in interest in contemporary art helped it more than double in size. Big galleries have done exceedingly well in recent years but the costs of doing business have risen.

The Brain - Stimulating Devices People Are Using to Jumpstart Creativity

The idea may seem far-fetched, but for several years now, devices that can initiate creativity have been available for purchase online, and can be used in the comfort of your home (or studio). Yet these gadgets open up both medical and ethical quandaries, and neuroscientists warn that they could be dangerous when used incorrectly.

How Internships Are Changing the Art World

Internships have never been more prevalent or essential for aspiring art workers. Putting in one’s time as an intern is an important career stepping stone—a way to gain key on-the-job skills, experiences, and connections for art-world success.

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