Kia ora and welcome to the November edition of our newsletter. As the end of the school year draws near, we have some great items to share with you when you need some light relief during this very busy time.
Our guest editorial this year is from Amanda Burnett – an uplifting commentary on the importance of personal professional development. If you feel you would like to contribute an editorial to our newsletter, please contact any one of our friendly facilitators. They would love to hear from you.
•Sally Waanders – Art History
•Bridget Blair – Visual Arts
•Patrice O’ Brien – Dance
•Ryan Timoko-Benjamin – Drama
•Martin Emo- Music – Sound Arts
Ngā mihi nui
On behalf of the Arts Online team.
Keeping the passion for art alive - guest editor Amanda Burnett
Amanda Burnett left our shores in mid-2017 to pursue her own professional learning and creative needs in Toronto, Canada. In this month’s editorial she writes from there and shares her perspective on taking the plunge and the learning that’s come from it.
“As teachers of the performing arts, we all know how important it is to keep our love for our art sparkling, our knowledge relevant and bubbling, and our passion alive so that we are able to inspire the next generation of hungry and tenacious students. As I was sitting in my drama classroom at ACG Parnell College I found myself itching more and more to get up on stage to join my students performing. At the beginning of 2017, I finally gave into the small voice inside me that pressed with the words “what if..?” and I took the step and applied to complete a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) majoring in Theatre (Acting) from York University, in Toronto, Canada. In August 2017, with a heavy heart and many tears I left my classroom armed with 100 plays in my bag, and made the long flight.
My MFA experience thus far has been FULL. Not only have I been able to learn from some of the top theatre makers, directors, movers, vocalists and scholars in Canada, I have also been able to be still and learn to find the answers from within. I have been given time to stop and deeply think from a place of introspection, sensation and instinct. I have learnt to trust myself and been able to shine a light into the dark to uncover golden gems that have been hidden. My work with Sallie Lyons exploring Viewpoints & Suzuki, Erika Batdorf exploring The Batdorf Technique and completing workshops with theatre makers Frantic Assembly have fanned the spark I had for devised physical theatre and have turned it into a wildfire. In my thesis, I will be exploring my own artistic vulnerability and physical range when creating characters. It is my hope that with this learning I will be able to create my own pedagogy of creating a character which I will be able to use in dynamic devised work.
I have learnt and reinforced so many techniques that I cannot wait to bring back to my New Zealand Performing Arts whānau, but for now, the draw of the stage, auditions and creating is one that is strong. Leaving the comfort of a trusted classroom, students and staff was a daunting leap but one that I am glad that I pursued. We have two mantras here at York University - firstly, “Strong and wrong” – recognising that whatever the instinct or impulse you have is there for a reason, commit and go for it. You never learn if you don’t fail. Secondly, “Be there…!” – be present and be open in the moment. Respond to what you are being given and work to affect and be affected in the process. This need to be constantly present can only come when you are aligned and settled within yourself.
Now, in November 2018, two weeks out from handing in the written section of my thesis and six months away from holding yet another expensive piece of paper, I have grown roots far deeper and achieved a great level of grounding within my art and myself. I am sparkling, bubbly and fully alive.”
Many drama teachers will already be looking ahead to 2019 and planning for drama and theatre experiences to support their teaching and learning programmes, some key dates and programmes includes:
Great news that, thanks to a small number of hard-working advocates, the research standards across Level 3 Visual Arts NCEA fields have been reinstated as contributing towards University Entrance literacy requirements. Changes to the list are in this link.
The latest winner of the $50,000.00 Walters Art Prize is Berlin based artist Ruth Buchanan and the 2019 Olivia Spencer Bower recipient is Kim Lowe.
Art Beat launched in Christchurch last month in response to the drastic cutting of Arts coverage by mainstream media. A monthly 8-page newspaper edited by Warren Feeney and dedicated to the Visual Arts.
Music - Sound Arts
The September NZQA Music Moderator newsletter highlights different ways to gather evidence for Internal NCEA standards. It also links to some cautions on increasing the student workload in order to gather extra evidence.
The successful AMA (Ask Me Anything) series with panelist Sam Scott, MNZM, from Massive Company continues to be released on Dramanet in weekly instalments. Visit the vimeo archive for clips shared to date.
This video shows you how teaching 4 basic body shapes can help to integrate dance across other curriculum areas. It can be used with a range of ages.
Music- Sound Arts
The music world has paid tribute to Richard Gill, world renowned music educator and conductor who died in late september aged 76. Here are five short videos that show why he was such a phenomenal advocate of music, education and the arts.
Creatability: a set of experiments made in collaboration with creators and allies in the accessibility community. They explore how creative tools – drawing, music, and more – can be made more accessible using web and AI technology. In short, they are different tools created by Google to support music making. There are some great examples of videos with low-vision people making music.
The Annual Waitaki Summer Music Camp is on 7-13 Jan 2019. Suitable for Chamber music and orchestra Grade 6 and up. High school, University and adults/teachers are welcome.
Art History / Visual Arts
Auckland City Art Gallery
Radical Beginnings Sat 2 Jun to Sun 8 Dec 2019 - The 1950s witnessed the rise of the first generation of Fine Arts trained Māori artists. This young group represented a radical turning point in Māori art as they consciously broke away from the traditional carving practices of their forebears to create new carved and painted expressions about their Māori heritage.
The Eye Divine: Indian Miniatures Sat 9 Jun — Sun 9 Dec 2018 The Eye Divine explores how the visual qualities of Indian miniature painting create rasa and to what effect.
City Gallery, Wellington
17 November–10 March 2019. From Scratch: 555 Moon - formed in 1974, the Auckland-based art/music ensemble From Scratch has performed to acclaim around the world, with its distinctive invented instruments. 555 Moons reveals the range, depth, and development of From Scratch's work over subsequent decades—and new directions.
Yona Lee: In Transit 8 December–24 March 2019 - Yona Lee makes large, maze-like installations. Hundreds of metres of stainless-steel pipe are cut and welded to form elaborate linear structures, bisecting and transforming gallery spaces and the activities that take place there
Christchurch City Gallery
Lonnie Hutchinson: Hoa Kohine (Girlfriend) 2018 Digital print. Collection of the artist, commissioned by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū 2018. Lonnie Hutchinson’s intricately cut-out billboard celebrates supportive friendships between women.
Phillip Trusttum: Just a Glimpse - 24 October 2018 - 28 April, 2019. In 2009, just prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, Phillip Trustum generously presented ten paintings to Christchurch Art Gallery and this year allowed the Gallery to select a further five paintings for the city’s collection.
Dunedin City Gallery
Head Space Portraits from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection. 1 Sep - 25th Nov 2018 Historically, portraiture has often been positioned within Western art history as a means of recording or memorialising the wealthy or powerful.
A Certain Visual Argot - British Modernism from the Early to Mid-Twentieth Century, 8 Jun - 30 Dec 2018. The flourishing of modernism in early twentieth century British visual art sought to revitalise painting and sculpture in that country. Numerous art societies, groups and movements arose as a response to the circumstances and challenges of the period.
General knowledge and music quiz, with embedded audio files.
Art History Art Through Time: A Global View - Featuring 13 half-hour programmes, a guide, text and other Web resources, this link takes a thematic approach to art history and appreciation. Rather than a linear chronology, the materials explore connections in Western and non- Western art, illuminating the breadth, complexity and beauty of works produced around the world and at different periods of time.
How Do the Arts Reflect Our Culture? - in terms of art theory and art history, it is always important to look at context to fully understand an artwork, this can include, among many things: historical time period, gender/nationality/ethnicity of artist, technology, and social value systems of the time, hence the culture of society.
Art takes a phase of life and pulls it outside of time, but it must be referential to the time period that it came from, as well as speaking across the ages. Therefore art is reflective is the time out point of view which it is taken.
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