Creative Stories Years 4–8

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

During the Te Tuhi programme ‘Creative Stories’ we look at the way artists tell stories through poster making. We will explore our own chosen story through role play and creating our own poster. 

In the art studio we will use bold colours, shape and imagery to design a poster that visually tells our story. As a class we will become creative storytelling artists.

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Learning Outcomes

Visual Arts, levels 2–4

Understanding the Arts in Context
During our pre and post-visit exercises we will learn about the different ways of communication. These being oral – voice, written – text, visual language – imagery and physical expression – acting. We will share our ideas and understanding through the art we make.

Developing Ideas
During our visit we will learn to develop our ideas to create simplified/symbolic imagery or icons that will visually help with telling our story.

Developing Practical Knowledge
During our visit we will learn to use a range of art tools such as coloured paper, pencil, glue and scissors to help create a poster that tells our chosen story – as seen in exemplar.

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.


Speaking, Writing and Presenting – Processes and strategies
During our visit we will explore how stories can be communicated in different ways. This will help us understand the connection between oral, written and visual language.

Social Sciences

Social Studies
During our visit we will explore the connection between oral, written, visual and physical expression and how telling stories of cultural importance in this way help keeps culture alive for people of different generations. 

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’)