I AM NZ Years 1–8

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts – Social Sciences
Cost: $2.00 per student

During the exciting Te Tuhi programme ‘I AM NZ’ we will think about the place we live in, Aotearoa New Zealand, and what makes this country unique.

This can include food, animals, clothing, cultures, people, landscapes or buildings which we will have created drawings of in class. We will bring these drawings to Te Tuhi where they will help us create an artwork showcasing the identity of NZ.

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Learning Outcomes

Visual Arts, levels 1–4

Understanding the Arts in Context
During this programme we will learn about printmaking and artists who make art inspired by many different things that live in their country.

Developing Ideas
During this programme we will be inspired by printmaking and artists inspired by their country. This will help us think about our home and country and things that may inspire us to make an artwork about.

Developing Practical Knowledge
During our pre-visit lessons we will learn about the different steps to printmaking and the kinds of materials and tools that are used. We will also use a variety of art materials while making our artwork at Te Tuhi. 

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.

Social Sciences

Identity, Culture and Organisation / Place and Environment
During the pre-visit exercises students will have the opportunity to learn and think about their community, home and country and the relationship they share with their community, home and country.

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’)