Copies of the World Years 7-10

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts – Technology
Cost: $4.00 per student / Max per session: 15 students

During the Te Tuhi programme ‘Copies of the World’ we will learn how artists from all over the world have used casting to create their artwork.

In the art studio we will stop and capture time in this very hands-on learning experience. Using plaster of Paris, clay and other moulding materials we will create two plaster-cast artworks that reflect and tell a story about ourselves.

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Learning Outcomes

Visual Arts, levels 3–4

Understanding the Arts in Context
During our visit we will see the artwork of Tim Chapman. We will learn about his art, the ideas he is interested in and the materials he uses to create his art.  

Developing Ideas
During our pre-visit exercises we will learn about the different ways art can be made through casting and by thinking about positive and negative space. During the workshop we will use this knowledge to help understand the art we see and the ideas that are shared by artist Tim Chapman.

Developing Practical Knowledge
During our visit we will use a variety of art materials such as plaster and alginate to create our own plaster-cast artworks. 

Communicating and Interpreting
During our visit we will share our ideas and thoughts about the art we see and make. We will listen to how others have created their art.


Nature of Technology – Characteristics of Technology
During our pre-visit exercise ‘Copy vs original’ we will explore how the development of technology has influenced people’s daily lives, including the way artists make art.

Key Competencies

At Te Tuhi all our workshops are designed with these key competencies in mind:


Success Criteria: I know I will be successful if I…

  • Share my opinions about the ideas we are discussing about the artworks
  • Share my questions and confusions I have about the artworks and how they are represented
  • Add to other people’s ideas in group discussion

Using language, symbols and texts

Success Criteria: I know I will be successful if I…

  • Make connections and think deeply about the artworks I see
  • Listen carefully to the specialised art language that the Te Tuhi facilitator shares with us
  • Respond in oral, visual or writing when sharing my ideas

Relating to others

Success Criteria: I know I will be successful if I…

  • Listen actively when people are sharing their opinions
  • Take my turn to share my ideas and opinions
  • Work quietly in the art studio so that others can think and concentrate on their artwork to produce their best work

Participating and contributing

Success Criteria: I know I will be successful if I…

  • Use my time productively by engaging in sharing my ideas
  • Listen actively to the ideas of others
  • Take a risk and share my questions or confusions to help my understanding

Managing self

Success Criteria: I know I will be successful if I…

  • Use a quiet voice when I am in a gallery space so other visitors can reflect on the artworks without disturbance
  • Walk quietly and sensibly and show respect in the public gallery and art studio
  • Use the gallery time to think deeply about what I am seeing and link my experiences to the artwork (important ‘think time’)