Kia ora and welcome to our August edition of the Arts Online newsletter. Stay current, be informed, and be inspired by the items shared with you by our facilitation team. 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.
On behalf of the Arts Online team.
Arts Award: We offer our sincere congratulations to Di Smallfield, Arts Facilitator and recipient of the 2017 Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Award for Sustained Leadership, Outstanding Service and Contributions to Research in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Sad news last month with the demise of a teaching and artmaking figure-head in Aotearoa. Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane - Rest in Peace Cliff Whiting. Great artist, great teacher - commemorated also in this clip from Maori Television.
This video on Otahuhu College’s Whakairo programme was recently celebrated on the Visarts forum. Hopefully initiatives like this will continue to address the vision that mentors like Whiting had for inclusive art education in Aotearoa.
During the latter part of July, the bi-annual national art educators’ conference was held in Whanganui. The keynote videos on the ANZAAE Facebook page are a real boon and updates for the proposed Christchurch Conference in 2019 will be posted here. Please join our national Visual Arts association to connect with educators in your region and stay abreast of important issues.
Art History Professional Development Day - Friday, 25th August - Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.
Dr. Robin Woodward, University of Auckland, on Modernist Sculpture
Anthony Byrt, Journalist and Art Critic, on Art Criticism
Katy Lyon, National Moderator for Art History, on Internal Assessment
Barbara Ormond, University of Auckland, on Why knowledge matters in a ‘knowledge society’
The day will also comprise sessions on teaching strategies and opportunities to share ideas for best practice in Art History teaching. The cost is $95.00. To obtain a registration form please email Sally Waanders or Barbara Ormond.
Best Practice Workshops – all subjects
Here is the draft schedule for 2018/19 (intended) moderation best practice workshops with indicative timing and locations. A call for feedback will be made in November for the coming two-year period. We recommend perusing the draft schedule and considering what your feedback might be, early.
Changes to Scholarship Drama
Feedback from the Term 2 survey on proposed changes to Scholarship Drama examinations in 2018 has been reviewed by NZQA. The results after consultation are here. All changes to the examination requirements will be detailed in the 2018 Assessment Specifications to be published in December 2017.
Drama New Zealand Preliminary Examination Resources:
The Drama New Zealand subject association has contracted writers and have produced a range of preliminary examinations for all external standards in Drama for DramaNZ members to purchase. Order via this link.
This Spymonkey: Devising Masterclass is yet another great offering from National Theatre. Students can observe others at work or the process in action. It is also designed to inspire activity and physical/comedy approaches and model of practice to incorporate into teachers own devising lessons working with students.
you’ll find a quick-read article that might remind readers of the wonders that can unfold through Process Drama in the classroom and specifically the device within this of teacher-in-role. Great at all levels but a particular way in for primary or junior secondary integrated programmes, to integrate other learning area content by using drama for exploration and delivery.
RNZB tour of Romeo and Juliet. To see an excerpt from the ballet, click here. To hear the choreographer talk about the ballet, click here. Seeing a Shakespearian play performed as a ballet can be a good way to introduce the narrative to students as their facility with the language does not get in the way of their understanding. Later when they read the play they have already established a good knowledge of the characters and events of the play.
Learning in a Visual Age - Why Art Education Matters, by the National Art Education Association. A 2 min video gives students and non-arts colleagues pause for thought.
For sheer beauty of form and function, check out these ‘Beautiful Flip Book Machines’ in videos by Juan Fontanive. Check out his other videos as well - as they are all visually stunning. Not bad for ‘old-school’ animation.
Video documentary: Ai Weiwei Drifting - art, awareness and the refugee crisis, DW Documentary: A lonely rubber boat is drifting in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. In it, Ai Weiwei. He cannot swim. Is this performance art? "We are all refugees," he says. Ai Weiwei displays his solidarity with the refugees and goes to meet them in Greece, Turkey and Gaza, producing a major documentary on the way.
In this video, Artist Jeff Rogers challenges the advice he received at school to just focus on one discipline in the arts. He performs on the drums live to a painting video that he created. Students at Waimea College, where our Musicnet Facilitator is HOD of Performing Arts, were inspired by this video in their annual Arts Assembly where juniors performed to a painting video created by the Visual Arts Captains.
Panpapanpalyais a joint congress of WDA (World Dance Alliance) and DACI (Dance and the Child International) to be held in Adelaide next year. Visit the website to see how you could be involved.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu recently launched Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu, a web series of eight mini art documentaries exploring the practice and success of a number of talented New Zealand artists who also happen to be Ngāi Tahu.
“Make Some Noise” TRCC and MENZA (Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa) 9-11 October in Wellington. Registrations are still open, but subsidised travel grants are no longer available.
Art History: Galleries
Auckland City Art Gallery - The Corsini Collection - a Window on Renaissance Florence
From the private art collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque painting by European artists such as Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Pontormo. From a palazzo on the banks of the river Arno to the world stage, The Corsini Collection reveals a story that is as much about a family and about a city, as it is about art. Opens 2 September 2017. Save $4 off adult admission with early bird tickets on sale now. Book online.
City Gallery - Wellington
John Stezaker: Lost World - 26 August - 19 November 2017: British artist John Stezaker is famous for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. Stezaker has been making art since the 1970s. In 2011, he had a retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and, in 2012, he won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, even though he does not take photographs.
Len Lye - Stopped Short By Wonder - 5th August - 26 November 2017: Bursting with irrepressible energy, Len Lye’s sculptures bang, crash, bounce, sway, rotate and swing. The exhibition shows major sculptural works alongside Lye’s films, drawings and paintings.
Teachers have recently been asking about more evidence to use as advocacy for dance. Ndeo, the national dance education organisation in America, has provided a brochure and a full report on the impact of dance in education.
Te Papa - What is the Venice Biennale? - a sizable set of resources jam-packed with great links to videos and other material and lessons related to Lisa Reihana’s ‘Emissaries - In Pursuit of Venus’
Counting on Art - a brilliant set of resources targeted at Maths/Visual Arts: including Thiebaud inspired cake fractions, Calder mobiles and the Fibonnacci sequence.
Menlo Park’s Art Studio - great blog for primary; visual self- assessment rubrics and plenty of video links to foundation knowledge required at Grades 1-5.
Many Dramanet subscribers will already be keen followers of National Theatre Discover clips. Here’s three clips that focus on chorus, movement and some effective ensemble building techniques – log these away for a rainy day!