PATAKA EDUCATION Term 2 & 3, 2016
Kia ora Tatou, Haere mai ki te whare taonga o Porirua.

Term two starts with a four week closure as our gallery floors are getting a polish. Please contact us as we are available for outreach history and art programmes during this time. Kick start the remainder of the term with a mix up of art and science with artist Gabby O’Connor and her wonderful Studio Antarctica installation. Contact the Education Team we are keen to support your school programmes

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Pricing for a school visit $1 per student within Porirua and $2 per student outside of Porirua.

Esmé, Linda and Margaret
Pātaka Education team


GABBY O’CONNOR – Studio Antarctica 
19 June – 18 September 2016

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Gabby O’Connor, Blue Monday, Wellington 2015, (sellotape, red and blue light)

In 2015 Gabby O’Connor spent several weeks in Antarctica working in a shipping container laboratory on sea ice (4 metres thick), located in the McMurdo Sound. Studio Antarctica is an art installation showing the result of a creative collaboration between contemporary art and cutting edge scientific research. Explore the effect climate change is having on Antarctica, find out about the health of the sea ice and how Science and Art can work together to take action. Antarctica is a fascinating place and this is a great unit to fit into any sustainability or environmental school inquiry.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Find out about the wildlife in Antarctica and watch a snippet from a documentary such as the David Attenborough’s ‘Antarctica’ or ‘March of the Penguins’
> Research different Antarctica explorers. Create an interview for them or map out their journeys on a map
> Find out about global warming and the effect that this is having on low lying islands in the Pacific
> Research the different jobs available in Antarctica. Write a diary entry imagining what it would be like fulfilling that particular job you researched.
> Freeze water in a container and make a film showing the stages of the melting process
> Freeze some watercolour paint in watery ice cube trays and make ice drawings

TS CREW 20 YEARS – Written History
19 June – 18 September 2016

TS CREW 20 YEARS Written History mural
Written History mural by TS Crew 2016

TS Crew is a group of Samoan and Māori graffiti-writing, mural and tattoo artists who have been making their colourful marks around the Wellington region for 20 years. Now they are taking over one of Pātaka’s gallery spaces and painting a huge 15 metre wall with their vibrant island-inspired images. If your students enjoy drawing then our programme is ideal for extending their drawing and mark-making skills using different processes and materials. Students get to leave their mark behind with a collaborative mural activity.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Make a daily drawing sketch book
> Collect different texture rubbings from around the school yard and make a drawing collage
> Make a collaborative drawing with the whole class on a large piece of paper
> Use a magnifying glass and make detailed drawings of small things
> Find out what blind contour drawing is and set up a still life of objects to draw using this technique. You can make a pencil blinder, a piece of card that sits over your pencil so you can’t see your paper.
> Experiment with different drawing media; pencil, charcoal, marker pens, ink, chalk
> Try drawing something that is moving, use lots of expressive lines
> Make a drawing with masking tape somewhere around your school, photograph it and then peal it off.


JOHN WALSH – Matakite
19 June – 18 September 2016

John Walsh, Marakihau 2013, courtesy the artist

Matakite is a title given to a visionary person who can see into the future. John Walsh’s paintings show characters from Māori mythology with human bodies and ancestral tiki or manaia. These large landscapes with wash-painted backgrounds, can tell traditional or contemporary stories. Find out about the ideas behind John Walsh’s stories in his paintings and explore how to show a story or idea with figures in the landscape.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Cut out pictures of people in magazines and create a story within a picture frame
> Make some drawings of classmates in different poses with different viewpoints
> Research a Māori myth and create some storytelling storyboards with different parts of the story
> Make monochromatic paintings on glass, photograph them before wiping them off
> Find out how to draw a tiki or manaia form in Māori art, look at whakairo to identify a tiki or manaia
> Find out the different tiki or manaia forms from different parts of Aotearoa

SELLING THE DREAM – Classic New Zealand Tourism Posters
19 June – 18 September 2016

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Artist Unknown, Māori Chief, c 1950, screenprint, Tourist Department

Selling the Dream is an exhibition that showcases more than 50 retro posters made from the 1920s – 1960s. These lithographic and screenprinted posters include National depictions of New Zealand with imagery of trains and planes and iconic New Zealand landscape with beautiful colours. Students will take a tour with our time travelling tour guide to discover how pivotal these posters were in developing New Zealand’s tourism industry and the country’s national identity.

Pre and Post visit ideas
Research into the ‘1920’s New Zealand dream’
> Find out about an iconic New Zealand symbol such as the Pavlova, jandals and the bumble bee.
> On a map of New Zealand identify the main tourist spots over time that has given New Zealand titles such as ‘scenic wonderland’.
> Categorise these tourist spots into Man made New Zealand’, ‘Cultural New Zealand’, ‘Natural New Zealand’ and ‘Adventure New Zealand’. Or think up your own category name!
> Explore what a poster needs and the basics of poster design.
Choose a tourism activity in New Zealand in present time and create a poster to attract tourists to your activity.



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