Current Programmes

Kia ora, Nga mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa. Wishing you all a very happy 2014.

Kia ora koutou from the education team. In 2014 we are flying into term one with our International Arts Festival exhibition programme. We would like to thank those schools that are a part of our Fly Me Up To Where You Are exhibition and the collaborative flags project by Tiffany Singh. This term we have a fantastic selection of programmes that will inspire your students. Face to face with original art works enhances and compliments classroom learning. Provide your students with powerful opportunities for learning, inquiry and enjoyment with a visit to Pataka. At Pataka the learning opportunities we provide are grounded in culture. Please like Pataka Education on Facebook and keep updated with our programmes and happenings.

8 December 2013 – 6 April 2014
Explore the history and development of chocolate, how it is made, what the plant looks like, its medicinal use and its history. Journey from the rainforests of Central America and the cacao plants of West Africa, to Porirua’s own Whittaker’s chocolate factory. Learn the history of this iconic 117 year-old company.
Pre and Post Visit
• COLLECT chocolate recipes and make a class choc cookbook
• CREATE a diagram that shows how chocolate is made
• EXPLORE what fair trade means and present this to your class with examples
• CREATE a list of new chocolate flavours
• FIND out about the world history on chocolate production
• USE moulds to create and make your own chocolates and design your packaging for your chocolate box
• MAKE a survey on what type of chocolate your class, teacher and families like – make some bar graphs to show this
• RESEARCH some statistics on how much chocolate is consumed in NZ annually, compare this to other countries in the world
• MAKE a drawing of a chocolate bar using technical drawing and perspective
• Use a map to CREATE a chocolate map on how chocolate gets to NZ

TIFFANY SINGH - Fly Me Up to Where You Are
15 February – 25 May
Flags web
Tiffany Singh is an installation artist who works with participatory outreach in making her works. The education team has worked with Tiffany Singh to create an installation inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, asking tamariki to create a flag that shares their hopes and dreams for the future of Aotearoa and the world. As a part of this exhibition Tiffany Singh has also created a shrine of figures in wax inspired by the colours of the rainbow. Visit us at Pataka and explore some flag making and use of symbols in art.
Pre and Post Visit
• FIND images of prayer flags and what they symbolise and mean
• DISCUSS what collaboration means and create a collaborative art work with your class
• TALK about what symbols are and what you would use to symbolise peace and love
• RESEARCH what a shrine is and how different cultures and religions use a shrine
• MAKE a shrine in your classroom, decide collaboratively what type of shrine you will make
• FIND OUT more about Tiffany Singh and the type of art works she makes
• MAKE some peace flags for your classroom and find out when international peace day is and why we celebrate this

JENS UWE PARKITNY - Blood Faces: Chin women of Myanmar
16 February – 15 June 2014

Photographer Jens Uwe Parkitny has travelled extensively through the Chin villages in Northern Myanmar, documenting the last remaining examples of facial tattoos, a declining tradition. The tattoos are created using patterns made up of dots, lines and circles to accentuate the beauty in each face. These remarkable, evocative photographs along with beautiful hand-woven Chin textiles are being shown for the first time in New Zealand in partnership with the Goethe-Institute. Explore patterning and design with our hands-on programme.

MERIDIAN LINES: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
15 February – 25 May
Works selected from the collection of Te Papa show an exciting range of contemporary New Zealand art from the last 40 years. Artists include Ani O’Neill, Bill Hammond, Gordon Walters, John Pule, Michael Parekowhai, Ralph Hotere and Yuk King Tan. Explore the many cultural influences in this work from Maori New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Europe and Asia.
Pre and Post Visit
• CREATE a fact file and collection of images from some of the artists in the exhibition
• DISCUSS what is contemporary art and the different styles of art are in the exhibition
• MAKE an art work with koru shapes inspired by Gordon Walters art work
• WRITE a story to go with one of Bill Hammond’s bird paintings and find out who Buller was in early NZ history and settlement
• MAKE a Yuk King Tan inspired sculpture using masks

SHIGEYUKI KIHARA – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
16 February – 25 May 2014
© Shigeyuki Kihara.  Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
In this photographic series, Shigeyuki Kihara performs a fictitious narrative in the guise of a resurrected 19th Century Samoan woman. Her work examines Samoan culture and society in the wake of two recent natural disasters – the 2009 tsunami and Cyclone Evan. Her work has a focus on the meaning and future of contemporary Samoa since the recent 50th anniversary of Samoa’s independence.