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Junior Primary

Clay Sculpture - Relationships

A unit plan related to the Ministry of Education's resource series Exploring the Visual Arts Years 1-6. (level 2)

Creating Rangoli

This unit explores Indian Rangoli designs. Rangoli is a popular floor art form from India in which designs are created using variously coloured powders. Traditional patterns are often symmetrical and geometric and usually created by Indian women on the ground in front of their houses for Hindu festivals. (levels 1 - 2)

Planning Overviews for the Visual Arts

Helpful guidance on planning which builds on learning from previous years with a sample plan for years 3-4. (levels 2 - 3)

Relief Modelling in Dough - Native Birds

A unit plan that teaches students to learn how to focus on bird shape and texture through drawing. They use their drawings to inform the creation of low-relief dough sculpture bird shapes. The malleability of the dough enables them to work and rework ways of creating form and textures. (level 2)

Singing in the Primary School (PDF 94KB)

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An overview of how to approach singing in primary schools levels (levels 1 - 4).

Three-year Overview for the Visual Arts

A three-year long-term plan which uses the approach to planning that is process/media-based. The resource is organised under the three groups of processes - core processes, focus processes, and cross-curricula processes. (levels 1 - 3)


Senior Primary

Faces: Self Portrait Block Prints

Billie Sturgiss - Freemans Bay School
A printing unit focused on self-portraits. Students make prints which are then photocopied onto coloured paper, cut and put together again to make Andy Warhol-like pictures. The black and white prints can be scanned and manipulated in Paint and Art Rage to create the similar effects digitally.

Friedrich Hundertwasser (Dye and Colourflow)

Rhonda Phynn - Kamo Intermediate
A Hundertwasser-inspired visual arts unit. Using typical Hundertwasser features, vivid colours and raised paint, students create their own interpretations. This unit allows for the use of Paint for experimentation and GIF Animator for bringing Hundertwasser imagery to life through animation.

Maui: A Pacific Super Hero

An integrated Primary School Arts resource based on super heroes aimed at level 3 of the curriculum. (level 3)

Natural and Man Made - Photography Unit

This photography unit is by Jean Copeland - Mangere Bridge School. It is based around the work of David Hockney. Students take a series of close-up photos and piece these together to create a scene/single image. The photos are taken digitally and are presented in PowerPoint "flying in" to create the image. Poetry is then used to overlay the photos.

Pattern and Colour

A painting unit based on the work of artist Kay George. The four-session unit teaches students to create paint-on-paper artworks in response to the fabric artworks of Kay George and using patterns and shapes derived from nature by a variety of cultures from around the world. (level 4)

Singing in the Primary School (PDF 94KB)

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An overview of how to approach singing in primary schools levels (levels 1 - 4).

Three-year Overview for the Visual Arts

A three-year long-term plan which uses the approach to planning that is process/media-based. The resource is organised under the three groups of processes - core processes, focus processes, and cross-curricula processes. (levels 1 - 3)

Visual Artists are Gifted/Talented Too!

This material aims to provide supporting information to help with the identification of children who are gifted/talented in the visual arts, and to suggest some ways that these children can be nurtured in the classroom. (levels 1 - 4)

Visual Culture and the New Zealand Curriculum

This resource contains four units of work in a range of visual arts fields for levels 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum (2007). Each unit is centred around a different iconic New Zealand digital resource. The units prepare students for NCEA and weave key competencies, values and principles into the programmes of learning and assessment.


Intermediate

Maui: A Pacific Super Hero

An integrated Primary School Arts resource based on super heroes aimed at level 3 of the curriculum. (level 3)


Junior Secondary

Level 1: A Guide to Presenting a Two Panel Folio

The Level 1 NCEA external exam now requires a folio of two boards. This resource offers suggested guidelines and visual examples of what a two panel submission might look like. It has been compiled by Di Smallfield and Jeff Lockhart from work supplied by a number of teachers and students.


Senior Secondary

Making Comment as They Make Art: Senior Visual Arts and The New Zealand Curriculum (2007)

These three senior Visual Arts units integrate new aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum 2007 with learning sequences, tasks, and assessment opportunities associated with NCEA Achievement Standards.