Secret Meanings Years 1 – 4

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts – English – Mathematics – Social Sciences
Cost: Free

During the Te Tuhi workshop ‘Secret Meanings’ students will experience a towering Cuisenaire rod sculpture by internationally acclaimed New Zealand artist Michael Parekōwhai.

We will learn about shape, colour and symbolic meaning through colour, and will discuss how Cuisenaire rods teach languages and help solve mathematical problems.

During the visit students will observe Atarangi II and discover the size, material and the many colours used in this towering sculpture. In the art studio we will celebrate the secrets of colour by creating our own personal colour wheel. We will learn what a colour wheel is, what kinds of colours are used and how to mix paint to create primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

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Learning Outcomes

Visual Arts, level 1

Understanding the Arts in Context
During our pre-visit exercises we will learn about colour and symbolic meaning and share our ideas and understanding through the art we make.

Developing Ideas
During our pre-visit exercises we will develop our ideas and understanding about colour by discussing how colour can reflect many things such as nature, food, animals and feelings.

Developing Practical Knowledge
During our visit we will create our own personal colour wheel. We will learn how to mix paint to create primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

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.

Mathematics

Number Knowledge
During our pre-visit exercises we will learn new ways of thinking about numbers and solving mathematic problems.

English

Speaking, Writing and Presenting – Processes and strategies
During our pre-visit exercises we will explore how colour can help describe words and Cuisenaire rods can help tell a story. This will help us see a connection between speaking, writing and visual language.

Social Sciences

During our pre-visit exercises we will explore how Cuisenaire rods help teach different languages and the different reasons why people choose to learn.

Key Competencies

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

Thinking

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’)

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