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.
At the start of this month, our ‘fantastic five’ arts facilitators came together in Wellington with Jane and me and Judy Matthew from the Ministry of Education for our annual, face-to-face, one-day workshop. It was great to hear the big-picture foci and concerns for each discipline and to talk through many operational matters for Arts Online. We also discussed the Ministry’s current priorities for the arts – most of that conversation was dedicated to the new Creatives in Schools initiative, which the facilitators will be keeping you in touch with over the next few months. Information on how artists and practitioners can submit an expression of interest and how schools can apply will be available on Arts Online (via the Homepage) by the time you receive this newsletter.
Our one-day workshop also reaffirmed for Jane and me that we have a great team of dedicated art facilitators:
• 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
On behalf of the Arts Online team
Editorial - the value of a supportive online community
In Aotearoa we are hugely fortunate to have an Arts curriculum and assessment criteria that allow for a very broad range of creative practice within our schools. At this time of the national Review of Achievement Standards it is critical that we also recognise the mana and authenticity provided for our secondary subjects by having recognised national standards. Neither of these things should be taken for granted in a time when major funding and program cuts are experienced by the arts education sector globally, or, arts experiences are simply not provided for young people.
The giants on whose shoulders we stand across the arts in Aotearoa should be acknowledged for ensuring that the arts have a place and prestige in the curriculum as an essential learning area. Unfortunately, as time passes less of these voices remain. It is therefore important that more ‘newly-minted’ arts educators make connections with each other across disciplines for strength in numbers but also look to the past to gain an understanding of the many initiatives that have propelled the arts in education forward.
We need to honor the advocacy and efforts of those who have gone before us by ensuring that new trends and initiatives in education maintain the opportunities of children who are talented and love the arts to access the arts curriculum in their places of learning. As Cindy Foley noted in her TED talk, we need to move from a defensive position and instead educate decision-makers about the inherent values and practices in the arts that already meet the 21st century learning ideals. Project-based folio, devising and composing practices have more often than not incorporated other learning areas since the curriculum inception.
Often educating the ‘whole person’ and creating ‘life-long learners’ is touted as an ideal. This needs to be substantiated with an underlying philosophy that all learning is valuable. This enables young people to develop their character traits while discovering their strengths, talents and passions. Perceived academic hierarchies or a focus on specialising towards a vocational pathway as a ‘product’ is often counterintuitive to this goal. Research indicates that literacy and numeracy are often enhanced when delivered alongside and within the arts.
It is therefore our responsibility as arts educators to advocate for the rights of students during times of educational change to have equal opportunity and access to the learning area of the Arts. Professional Development specifically for educators in the arts is also being neglected compared with other learning areas by those responsible for providing it. Educators need to keep highlighting this as an issue wherever possible. An artwork by Gavin Turk states ‘the future demands your participation” – never has this been more true, from exercising democratic voting rights as individuals, to ensuring we champion students’ right to excel academically across the Arts and brilliantly shine.
News (relevant to your discipline)*
NZQA - All Subjects
Share with students and their families the link to the Student Exam Hub on the NZQA website. Featuring:
Past digital exams for direct revision and practice responses
Links to past examination materials for all subject
Key examination information
2019 examination timetable
Transforming Assessment Praxis online Workshops:
“...a scheduled nine-week online workshop, aimed at providing assessors with strategies to modify existing resources to better meet the needs of learners, and to explore diverse and valid ways of collecting evidence.
It requires a time commitment of approximately 90 minutes each week. The workshop features online meetings, videos and professional readings, and encourages feedback from colleagues via formal and informal collaboration. The content is geared towards practical, research-based ideas and resources. TAP is designed to use the self-reflection and discussion of participants as an important catalyst for change. The length/format of this workshop allows for participants to learn and then trial assessment strategies with their learners, that they can easily implement.” TAP Round 4 for 2019 begins 16 September - 15 November. Register here.
Examination Timetable 2019 - Arts Subjects
Art History: Thursday 14th November (PM)
Music: Thursday 21st November (PM)
Drama: Friday 29th November (AM)
Dance: Tuesday 3rd December (AM)
Music: Monday 11th November (AM)
Drama: Wednesday 20th November (PM)
Art History: Thursday 28th November (AM)
Dance: Monday 2nd December (AM)
Dance: Friday 8th November (PM)
Making Music: Thursday 14th November (AM)
Drama: Wednesday 27th November (AM)
Music Studies: Friday 29th November (AM)
Art History: Monday 2nd December (AM)
For this year and 2020 the external exams for Art History will be paper first in format.
After this the format will change to a digital format.
There are some examples of digital exams on the NZQA Art History page - https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/art-history/levels/
Note that these are 'hybrid' exams where students will still need to look at resources/resource booklet in paper form.
Professional Learning: Massive Company practical workshops for teachers occur in several centers around the country during November. See more details and register here.
The Visual Arts fraternity farewelled Quentin McFarlane who was instrumental in hosting an exhibition of Colin McCahon’s work at a Christchurch High School when the Canterbury Arts Society at the time would not. A ground breaker in this respect and a very much respected art educator RIP.
This month the Arts Foundation is promoting New Zealand Arts Month “to give the arts some much needed oxygen to help grow their understanding and support.”
Music - Sound Arts
The new requirements of Scholarship Music, with the removal of the exam, and the digital-only entry is all now live here.
For the first time, the NZQA NAF and NAM will be part of a panel at the upcoming national Music education conference. This is highly anticipated. Questions will be asked prior via an online form, and during the forum.
Features (including a video pick and an article of interest)*
Drama Opinion: Why are children forced to choose between the Arts?
“All children should be required to take at least one arts GCSE and there should be no restriction on taking more than one. This year there has been a modest increase in the number of children taking art itself – 9% up on last year…” - The Guardian (UK), August 2019.
Theatre Through a Lens
“What is the usual way an audience sees a theatre performance? How might screen and film technology be integrated into a theatre performance? What about the work of a journalist or documentary filmmaker - how might you integrate their work into a theatrical performance?”
Intentional Wakefulness and Theatre Education - Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez
What does a spiritually-conscious high school theatre program look like? Through detailed anecdotes, Gonzalez describes specific ways that breath, stillness and kinship foster forgiveness, lead to gratitude, and deepen teen’s spiritual centers. Dr. Jo Beth Gonzalez teaches theatre and public speaking and directs the high school theatre program for Bowling Green City Schools in Bowling Green, OH.
What makes a dance? There is currently a lot of interest in the connection between dance and brain development.
This article is about the parts of the brain that are engaged when people choreograph a dance.
Cut and Paste - collage before cubism - a great overview of the history of collage which would be useful to educators and students embarking on a collage assignment.
A spirited discussion on appropriation and the contexts of the ‘rising sun’ symbol took place last month on the Visartsnet forum and resulted in a range of great articles for consideration about how Visual Arts students address the history and contexts of established symbols…
A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland - Sat 10 Aug 2019 — Mon 27 Jan 2020 A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland considers McCahon’s long-time relationship with Auckland and the significance of the physical, spiritual and cultural landscape on his painting.
Living Portraits: Mata Raurangi - Sat 16 Mar 2019 — Sun 8 Mar 2020
Goldie and Lindauer’s portraits continue to captivate viewers today as much as they did when they were first created more than 100 years ago.
Te Papa Wellington -
Nike Savvas - Finale Bouquet - Closing 12 Jan 2020
An installation by Australian artist Nike Savvas, captures a moment of jubilation, with confetti caught mid-fall in a celebration that never ends.
Shin-Hanga: Japan’s New Print Movement
The golden-age (mid 1700s–1800s) tradition of ukiyo-e printmaking needed to be adapted to modern life – or abandoned. Japanese graphic artists responded to the challenge, radically transforming pigments, paper, light, lines, and space.
Christchurch City Art Gallery -
Endless Light - 29 June 2019 - 8 March 2020
Artists are great observers of light. Endless Light draws out works from the historic collection that express, reveal or simply acknowledge something of what light does.
Maori Moving Image - An Open Archive - 23 Augsut 2019 - 26 January 2020
An exhibition explores the history of Māori artists who have used animation, film and video as a medium that spans forty years, from Robert Jahnke’s 1980 animation Te Utu: The Battle of the Gods to Janet Lilo’s 2019 ⌘ SHIFT #
Dunedin Gallery –
Kalisolaite ‘uhila Kapa Mā - 12 August 2019 - 25 October 2019
Kalisolaite ‘Uhila (Tonga)is a performance artist based in Auckland. ‘Uhila has been recognised for his powerful works that take inspiration from his daily life; his performances drawing the viewer close into his perspectives and experiences of the world.
Summer Holiday 1962 Patrick Pound -2 September 2019 - 27 October 2019 Summer Holiday 1962 dislocates found snapshots from their original context. In this case, the images used as the subject of the work are sourced from gifted 35mm film slides.
Music - Sound Arts Ishkur’s Music Map from the 2000s has been remade and is now updated to include new genres of Electronic Music Music Zettle is a new podcast by Dr James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he trains Music teachers. Does what James talk about resonate with you and your school?
Wallace Arts Trust - Pah Homestead, Hillsborough Auckland WALLACE ART AWARDS – 10 X 10 2019 - Tuesday 15 October, 7.00–9.00pm
You are invited to a special evening to celebrate the 28th Wallace Art Awards 2019.
Join ten of Award winners and finalists for ten minute lively discussions on what it is like to participate in New Zealand’s longest surviving and largest annual Art Awards.
Christchurch Gallery - NZ Institute of Architects Talks - Jeremy Salmond
Friday, 27 September 2019 - 5.30pm - Philip Carter Family Auditorium
Jeremy Salmond is one of New Zealand’s most notable experts on heritage architecture. Dance Secondary Colours is back at the Auckland Dance Festival this year. It celebrates a diverse selection of new dances created and performed by a variety of youth from local secondary schools and studios.
Teacher Resource Exchange (Additions to the site)*
Dance Making Dance From Sports Moves
This is a step by step process for students to explore movements related to sport and use them to create a duet and a group dance. It can be adapted for most primary and intermediate levels and for Years 9-11 at secondary schools.
Music - Sound Arts
A thread was turned into a resource, listing great podcasts to listen to.
Responses to questions on the musicnet thread frequently pointed teachers to TKI, such as a question about obtaining exemplars for an internal achievement standard. So whilst not technically an addition to the TRE, it is part of the wider Arts Online eco-system.
Research/Professional readings (Additions to the site)*
Art History How Social Media Changes Us
Over the past few years, Molly Soda has put her private life online, for the sake of excavating and exposing the archetypal young person’s internet experience.
Drama Advocacy material for course or departmental development proposals from the AATE (American Alliance for Theatre & Education)
Live Drama/Theatre EOTC - The Benefits
“Taking students on excursions to see live theatre produces significant educational benefits, including higher levels of tolerance, social perspective taking, and stronger command of the plot and vocabulary of those plays, new research shows.” - 2018 Article from ACER Teacher Magazine.
Music- Sound Arts A thread was begun on Musicnet to collate great examples of resources to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. This will be collated after the week, and uploaded to the TRE. It is anticipated that this will then be refreshed each year, and a great starting point for teachers wishing to increase their music activities in their context.