Kia ora and welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2019! We hope you are refreshed and ready to go after the summer break.
Our facilitators have been busy compiling resources and articles to hopefully inspire and motivate you in your programme planning. Please let them know if you have anything that you also wish to share with our wonderful arts community.
There have also been some changes to the mailing lists which your facilitators will have explained to you at the beginning of the year. The main change is access to the archive of posts for each of the communities so be sure to follow those instructions if you want to look over past discussion threads.
The editorial this month is by our very own Martin Emo. Martin has just completed his Masters degree in Education and offers his reflections on what enables teachers to learn.
• 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.
Editorial - What enables teachers to learn? - Martin Emo
In research I undertook in 2018 for my Masters in Education I found a number of factors that impacted on teachers learning music technology within the New Zealand High School context. Here are three of them.
It’s obvious, but learning a new skill takes time. Musicians spend a large amount of time learning instruments. For some, a large part of that was done in childhood, and so they don’t accurately recall what that process was like. For example - how long it took to see noticeable improvements in their skills on our chosen instrument. Learning software is like learning an instrument and requires regular practice. Research findings into the quantity of time required for effective teacher professional development shows that a single day has less impact than a series of events over a period of time. This is a challenge for school management and teachers when planning how to spend professional development budgets.
New models of learning
As educators, we know that teaching and learning involves continual change. This also includes how we learn new skills as teachers. Ten years ago, I don’t think I could have anticipated running a series of online tutorials via video with teachers from around New Zealand, without worrying about internet bandwidth or sound quality. It was recently mooted that more people learn an instrument via Youtube, which only began in 2005, than in person. Taking advantage of new and developing models such as blended learning and remote video conferences emerged from my research as key ways to upskill teachers.
The skills of the person designing and leading the professional learning development is also important. One study I looked at, showed that if the presenter was also a teacher, then the participant-teachers increased their perceived success of the training by 25 percent. That was regardless of how well the actual training went. What the study partially correlated this to was a strong relational trust that was formed between the presenter and teachers due to their common background and shared knowledge of their community.
What does this actually mean for you as a teacher reading this editorial at the start of 2019?
It means you have to plan what you are going to learn this year, and how you are going to do it. When making that plan, ensure that you set aside regular time to work on your learning - consider new models of learning that you might not have used before, and choose wisely about who is facilitating it.
I’ll be doing this as well, as I head onto PHD study.
PD for Art History
A professional development day facilitated by our subject association NZAHTA is planned for later on this term or Term Two. Details will be available via the Art History mailing list.
A reminder to the regions that you need to organise yourselves and then request a Best Practice Workshop from NZQA. To do this go to the NZQA Workshops page.
NCEA external portfolio deadlines are now out:
Level 1 - 23rd October
Level 2 - 31st October
Level 3 and Scholarship 7th Nov.
These are the deadlines for the pick-up of submissions from schools.
NZQA Visual Arts Best Practice Workshops in 2019 will focus on
A couple of new initiatives and funding streams from Creative New Zealand have been announced, - applications close at the beginning of March:
Ka hao te rangatahi a youth ambassador leadership programme in conjunction with the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Hawai’I June 2020.
MENZA is continuing to deliver the Networks of Expertise contract for 2019. This is focused on delivering PLD opportunities around the country, working to strengthen teacher networks and development content relevant to teacher needs. The first events will be in Hastings and Nelson.
This will take you directly to the signup page and is an easy way to share this with your colleagues.
Features Visual Arts
Scientists love to use visual art! Pop-art poster design conventions are employed to good effect at NASA with each mission’s own special theme.Harvard understands the value of providing great animations to explain complex scientific information.
This standout ’ was created for their online course Fundamentals of Neuroscience and HarvardX by Nadja Oertelt,and Andrew Benincas. It clearly reflects traditional shadow puppetry conventions and contemporary art practices.
Performing Shakespeare may be something your senior drama students are exploring this term with popularity of the Pop Up Globe’s current offerings and the lead in to the SGCNZ UOSWSF. In this clip from the National Theatre “Talks” series, Abigail Rokison-Woodall and Simon Russell Beale to discuss the perks, pitfalls and practicalities of bringing Shakespeare’s plays off the page and on to the stage. A little language-heavy in parts but insightful viewing.
It is ten years since Neil Ieremia choreographed Gathering Clouds for Black Grace. Here are some excerpts from the performance.
Music- Sound Arts
More videos from Richard Gill, the world renown music educator and conductor who died in 2018 have been shared. This keynote address to Australian Educators in 2015 is outstanding.
Feversham Primary,in Bradford, UK, has changed their curriculum to focus on Music after government inspectors required thought the school was offering a substandard level of education and leadership. Read about how it has improved achievement across all curriculum areas over a six-year period.
Primary The New Zealand Primary Teachers Conference scheduled to be held in Wellington from 14-16 April has a jam packed programme of both subject-specific and cross-curricular, integrated teaching and learning contexts explored with several arts subject association and industry partners represented.
The Museum of modern art (MoMA) has announced that final day of general admission will be June 15, 2019, before closing for four months of renovation which will add more than 40,000 square feet to the gallery space.
There are a variety of arts events happening across the country this summer including -
Auckland Arts Festival for your students - March 2019.
Auckland Arts Festival Creative Learning programme – or let us bring it to you!
In addition to school matinees and special prices at select public performances, the 2019 programme includes an invitation to take a piece of a sculptural installation back to your school.
For all enquiries, contact Natasha Lay, Creative Learning and Community Engagement Co-ordinator.
Auckland City Art Gallery: In the Listening Light: Momentary Impressions in Painting 1890-1920. .
Te Papa - Wellington: Kerry Ann Lee - Return to Skyland - until 22 April. on.
Christchurch City Art Gallery: Eileen Mayo - Nature, Art and Poetry - until 9 June. Spanning from the 1920s to her last work in 1985 this exhibition highlights Mayo’s extraordinary skill as an artist in her pursuit of a distinctive neo-romantic vision of the world. Her work is a combination of an intense focus on nature,her talent as a designer and ability to master a range of media.
Dunedin Art Gallery: William Linscott - Image struck (repeat) - until 17th March. Image struck (repeat) re-renders a ‘fail video’ compilation in which various subjects and objects collide with the camera, or there is some other ‘fail’ on the part of, or affecting the camera operator. These crudely edited compilations are designed for a quick gag or to generate a visceral reaction from a viewer.
NZ Operais touring Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Canterbury from March-April. This year is Rossini’s The Barber of Seville which is offering $10 tickets to their dress rehearsals this year. Venues are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch ranging from the 6 March to 2 October.
The History of the Polka Dot from Minnie Mouse to Yayoi Kusama: in an 1857 issue of Goday’s Lady Book, a muslin scarf, ideal “for light summer wear,” was described as being “surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”This was the first time the words “polka dot” appeared in print, but it wouldn’t be the last. Somehow this term—which simply smashed two popular things together, the polka dance and dotty spots—became the official descriptor for the pattern.
Paradise Lost - Paul Gaugin’s quest for the exotic in Tahiti: was Gauguin a bohemian renegade who sacrificed Western society's comforts in a quest for artistic purity in the South Seas, or a morally decadent self-publicist who perpetuated exoticist clichés and used his status to exploit the women of this 'paradise'. Or both?
These items are of interest to all of the creative arts.
Surgeons Losing the Dexterity to Sew Patients: a professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients.
Taking a Nap Could Make You More Creative: surrealist artist Salvador Dalí claimed that in the minutes before falling asleep, he had dreams that would influence his Surrealist artworks, and after, he had a burst of energy that helped him work through the day.