Critical and Creative Thinking through the Arts Year 7 - 10 Curriculum aligned Encourages the Key Competencies Led by experienced, trained experts in their field
Work with us and we will create a customised EOTC or school based programme to fit with your inquiry or cater for the individual needs of your students. All programmes include relevant, stimulating activities for the students to do before and after the programme, to enrich their understandings and experience. OR Choose from our existing programmes Scroll down to see our existing programmes
Create Surreal Artworks as a Provocation for Drama Critical and creative thinking through visual arts and drama
EOTC: Exploring a Unique Environment - Muriwai Beach through environmental art and photography
This programme develops the creative process through the exploration of Muriwai Beach, a unique NZ west coast environment. A Muriwai park ranger will firstly talk to the students about this unique place, it's geography and history and how the environment is maintained. Then, in response to the amazing work of artist Andy Goldsworthy (explored before their visit) the children will develop the creative process through the exploration of the bush and beach, responding to the features of the area through their own environmental art and photography.
EOTC: Exploring public art installations around the Auckland City waterfront through design and photography
This programme develops critical thinking skills through the exploration of public art installations on the Auckland Waterfront
INQUIRY: Students can develop their own questions about the works before the experience and/or develop further questions to investigate afterwards to extend learning and thinking.
Students will learn about the artist, the artist's intention, the work as an object (exploring materials used, colour, shape, scale, symbols and why the artist chose them), the subject, idea or theme of the work, the cultural significance,the location considerations and the context in which it was made. Then the students design their own site specific artwork in small groups, to a brief, considering all the ideas discussed earlier, and present back to the group. Students will be encouraged throughout to use their critical and creative skills: observing closely, predicting, describing, comparing, justifying, analysing, evaluating.
EOTC: Developing visual language skills through the exploration of public art installations in Auckland City Visual arts, design and Photography
This programme, developed in conjunction with Belmont Intermediate year 8 teachers to fit with their inquiry, develops critical/creative thinking and visual language skills through the exploration of public art installations in Auckland City.
Students will develop visual language, critical/creative thinking and design skills through the exploration of Auckland City public artworks in Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct and Britomart (fine weather option) or in the Aotea Centre and Square (wet weather option). They will be encouraged to respond to the works through close observation, discussion, drawing and photography, with an emphasis on visual arts elements such as composition, balance, texture, materials, colour, shape, scale, symbols (and why the artist chose them), the subject, idea or theme of the work, the cultural significance,the location considerations and the context in which it was made. These understandings will then be translated back at school in connection with advertising.
The students design their own site specific artwork in small groups, to a brief, considering all the ideas discussed earlier, and present back to the group. Students will be encouraged throughout to use their critical and creative skills: observing closely, discussing, predicting, describing, comparing, justifying, analysing, evaluating, designing, imagining and creating.
Feedback from Belmont Intermediate teachers
An amazing day with an amazingly passionate and knowledgeable educator.
Mandy was very patient with the students. She listened to all their ideas and gave them good feedback – very inclusive.
Mandy was very knowledgeable, which opened the students’ eyes to the meanings and differing aspects of the artworks we looked at.
At the end, the students had a much clearer idea of how to appreciate and think critically about artworks and public art.
Modelling how to fill in the visual framework worked really well to help scaffold the students.
Great choice of venue and lots of extra time put in by Mandy to ensure the venue suited the weather conditions.
Students loved taking photos of the artworks and spaces.
Feedback from Belmont Intermediate students
It was really fun because it is great to get out, explore new places and get inspiration from others.
We really enjoyed taking photos of the cool art.
I really enjoyed learning about how each piece of art had so much meaning. There were lots of different pieces of art that we could observe and think about.
It was very interesting having an art expert explain the pieces to us and the stories behind them. She made the images come alive and much more interesting.
Enjoyed actually going to see public artworks in person instead of looking at pictures.
We liked how Mandy helped us see that the artists put clues in their work to help us figure out the story behind it.
We felt the trip exceeded our expectations.
I was curious about the artworks, so enjoyed hearing about them from an expert.
We felt free to share opinions and that our ideas were listened to.
We felt pleased that at the end of the day we felt we had learnt to think more critically.
Taking photos and talking about artworks and ideas was really fun.
We felt inspired to design our own artworks.
EOTC: Exploring a Unique Environment on the east coast of Auckland through environmental art and photography Shakespear Regional Park
This programme explores the role of a regional park and the unique environment of the east coast of Auckland.
Children will learn about the conservation side of the area through a Ranger presentation, with a focus on the pests and predators the park is managing to keep out. Then, in response to the amazing work of artist Andy Goldsworthy (explored before their visit) the children will develop the creative process through the exploration of the bush and beach, responding to the features of the area through their own environmental art and photography.
INQUIRY: Students can develop their own questions before the experience and/or develop further questions to investigate afterwards to extend learning and thinking.
Feedback from Northcross Intermediate Teachers:
One of our favourite days for sure! The ranger and Mandy were awesome and patient with the kids. They really enjoyed making art out of natural resources. It was great we did this in two different settings as they were more confident and creative the second time.
Bruce the Ranger was great - the students were very interested in his explanation of the animals and traps. Mandy was motivating and my class loved seeing the work that had been created by classes on previous days.
This was an excellent day. The ranger talk was awesome and the students loved Bruce the Ranger. Mandy was also extemely motivating. I loved seeing the students actually looking at the bush as they walked through it. Some great art works were produced too.
Great info about pests in NZ and how we can help to manage them. Beach art was also great. All students really got into it.
Mandy, she was VERY engaging and motivating. The park ranger was very interesting and explained the purpose for the park really well. Seeing dead, stuffed animals was a highlight for the class.
Very engaging and well organised. The talk from the park ranger was very interesting.