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