Vol - 16 | 24 February 2017



Kia ora and welcome to our first edition of the Arts Online newsletter for 2017. This month we are pleased to share an article – Collaboration in the Arts - written by Patrice O’Brien, our Dancenet facilitator.
We also share heaps of nuggets to pique your interest and keep you up to speed with that’s happening in the Arts in New Zealand schools.
Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our facilitators if you are interested in being our guest editor – we welcome your ideas and views.  
All the best for a creative and collaborative year.
Nga mihi,
Maria Lute
On behalf of the Arts Online team.

Editorial: Collaboration in the Arts by Patrice O'Brien

With recent political changes we have been hearing a lot in the news about lack of tolerance, crimes of hate, and building walls or barriers between people. We have heard about discrimination on the basis of race, age, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and the list goes on. While we can’t always change the conditions that exacerbate these problems perhaps the arts are places where tolerance and understanding can be nurtured.

Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Students have opportunities to work together to produce art works and performances. They have to learn to share ideas and understandings. As students participate in collaborative processes they learn to make compromises and to cooperate. They have the opportunity to practice skills of negotiation and to understand the importance of dialogue as they participate in a process of shared discovery.

In our multi-cultural classrooms the arts can help students to share different perspectives and cultural understandings and, instead of building walls, can help to break down walls between individuals and groups. Students can learn to understand and accept difference, to accept that their actions affect others and to develop trust and respect.

Of course, this does not happen only in the arts and it won’t happen by magic.  Effective collaborative processes require careful teaching and a focus on the key competencies embedded in the New Zealand curriculum. But the arts are perfectly placed to grow respect for others, tolerance and appreciation of difference and as well as shared artistic achievement.

Patrice O’Brien


NZQA - All Subjects
The annual survey on the 2016 examination cycle can be completed here. Submissions close on 24 February.

A new Teacher Education Refresh Course (TER) designed specifically for music teachers has been launched. This was created in conjunction with MENZA and the IRMT with approval by EDUCANZ.
A new standard has been created at Level 3 to further encourage Songwriting. AS91849 requires students to “Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking”

Art History
Important information from NZQA.
Changes to Art History Scholarship and NCEA Level 3 AS 91482 for 2017.

Scholarship Art History
This external examination will now require candidates to answer THREE questions - one question each from three different sections within the paper instead of two. More information and the specifications for this exam can be found here.  

NCEA Level 3 Art History - AS 91482 - Demonstrate understanding of style in art works
The format of this external AS has changed - there will be one open question that candidates will answer for all of the six content areas. More information and the specifications for this AS can be found here.

The February moderators’ newsletter is available  here. Main insights from this edition provide updates to Level 3 standards and give notice that this year, moderator’s newsletters will be published in Term 1 and Term 3 only but urgent changes or information will continue to be shared via Principal’s Nominees’ circulars.
IDEA (international drama education association) have shared their February newsletter bulletin here.

Visual Arts
NCEA folio dates for 2017
  • Level one submission of provisional results and portfolio collection is Wednesday 18 October.
  • Level two is Wednesday 25 October.
  • Level three Thursday 2 November. 
NZQA Best practice workshops - Visual Arts  


Artist and musician Jeff Rogers describes how being cross-discipline is an asset. He chose to not specialise in one area, and in this video uses speech, music and visual art to convey his message.

This guide outlines research-informed practical strategies to make musical learning a better experience for all. Many students suffer anxiety issues and this guide is applicable to other disciplines in performance.

How the white cube came to dominate the art world - interesting article about the history of this display technique in museums and galleries which goes back to before the 1930s in Europe.

Interview with Takashi Murakami -video about this influential artist, considered to be Japan’s ‘answer to Andy Warhol’, who blends fine art with animation.

What is the theatre capable of? -a great clip which many may have seen before but is well worth checking out again. Deconstructing the ‘tricks of the trade’ in the theatre space, from Simon Stone and a troupe of first-time, volunteer actors at TEDxSydney. Drawing parallels to Peter Brook’s “The Empty Space” and with lots of additional value for Performing Arts Technology students/teachers to consider the power of the audio and visual aspects of the theatre on the stories we tell in the space.

The major reforms of the Finnish curriculum implemented nationally in August last year were widely misreported in 2015 as the elimination of traditional subjects. However, teaching time for subject based learning will remain alongside the introduction of “phenomenon-based” teaching. This article from the Washington Post gives a good overview of the changes.

This video, Dustin Yellin: A journey through the mind of an artist, shows the artist’s practice over a long period of time. The work has similarities to that of New Zealand artist Peter Madden (7.32mins)

Jane Zhang - Dust My Shoulders Off - a music video which is a playful mix of Art Historical and contemporary pop culture references 

Arts events

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Arts Educators: Register now for the upcoming national association conference in July.
  • Cindy Sherman- major exhibition on at the Wellington City Gallery until 19 March 2017
  • Auckland Art Gallery:The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, until 16 July.
  • “Make Some Noise” TRCC and MENZA (Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa) 9-11 October in Wellington. Subsidised travel for the first 50 to sign up.
  • ON THE MOVE - The Dance Subject Association of New Zealand (DSANZ) 10th Anniversary national dance in education conference in Auckland on 12-14 May.  Contact DSANZ for more details
  • Drama New Zealand’s national conference “All Aboard” registrations remain open although early bird discounts have now ended. All details here.

Choreography by Andrew Winghart is popular on social media sites at the moment.  Here is some of his work. Art Detective - great series consisting of podcasts - a new one each week - that cover history and art history topics with Dr Janina Ramirez.

Drawing as research - The Tate; "Developed in conversation with artists and teachers, How to Research invites consideration of the meaning and value of research within art practice."

Looking as Research - The Tate; " this resource aims to support engaged, contextualised, thoughtful investigations into and alongside art and artmaking."

Identity - great lesson from MoMa with resource portraits, written activities and art-making

Arty Shapes - TKI NZ Maths; integration of art and maths.

Line of Action drawing site that presents assorted images for a predetermined time for students to learn to sketch rapidly from.

The Art Teacher’s Definitive Guide to OK Go Videos useful for teaching about a range of devices and effects in Visual Art and media

Teacher Resource Exchange

These items have been added to the TRE:


Research/Professional readings

This collection of readings is about the importance of art in education:

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