Kia ora koutou,

Nau mai ki te Pātaka. In Term 1 Pātaka will be getting a new roof. This means our main galleries will be affected and closed in Term 1. Don’t panic! Pātaka Education is still operating with our Bottle Creek gallery, permanent programmes and classroom all up and running.

Start your term enquiry with Kanohi Kitea, an exhibition exploring portraiture from Pātaka’s art collection or delve into the world of colour and light with Nexus. Make the most of this sunny weather and go on our history tour and learn about your own neighbourhood. Visit us at Pātaka for an active thinking experience.

Contact the Education Team we are keen to support your school programmes  patakaeducation@pcc.govt.nz

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Esmé and Linda
Pātaka Education team

SHANNON NOVAK – The Nexus Series Installations
22 January – 27 June 2018 

Nexus concept artwork courtesy of the artist.

This term the full height windows of Pātaka’s atrium will become a multi-coloured lantern of interconnected geometric forms. This specially designed installation, by New Zealand artist Shannon Novak, floods surprising surfaces with coloured light and shapes. Delight your ears with Shannon Novak’s composed sound to accompany the artwork. Our programme will explore colour theory and the relationship between colour, shape, space and sound. Come along to get experimental with colour and light. A great programme to anchor the fundamentals of using colour before kicking into any art unit at school.

Pre and Post visit ideas
> CREATE a sound and drawing booklet. Play different styles of music e.g. rock ’n’ roll, classical or jazz and while you listen, draw with colour how this sound may look. Compare your drawing to a friend’s. Did you use the same colour? Are the lines or shapes you drew similar?
> FIND OUT all about the science of light. Experiment with prisms or learn how a rainbow is formed.
> MAKE a tessellated pattern. Explore different geometric shapes and see if you can put them together in your own pattern. For inspiration look at the pattern artwork of M.C. Escher. 
what the word ‘synaesthesia’ means and research artists and musicians who have synaesthesia. What do you think of their work?
> CREATE your own stained glass window. Look into the history of stained glass and design your own. Colourful sharpie pens on plastic mylar will give you a great stain glass window effect!
> CREATE a class colour wheel collage. Cut out all the different hues from a magazine, make it big!


KANOHI KITEA: The familiar faces of Pātaka
26 January – 13 April 2018

Star Gossage Seeds of the Heart II, 2010. Acrylic on board

Who are the familiar faces in your life? Here at Pātaka we have grown to know and love these portraits of real and imagined people from our art collection. Come along and get to know them as well! In this programme students will explore the history of portraiture through the different styled artwork on display. They will learn tips and techniques on how to draw the proportions of the face before creating their own portrait. Portraits created by students from this programme will be displayed in the exhibition alongside Pātaka’s collection!

Pre and Post visit ideas
> DISCUSS how artists make a story about a person in a portrait without using words. What clues in the portrait tell you who that person is? Where are they from? What are they thinking?
> FIND OUT what is a symbol. Why do artists use symbols in a portrait?
> CREATE a face diary. Cut out different parts of a face from a magazine. Stick them down and draw them again next to the image.
>FIND OUT about other New Zealand portrait artists. Here are a few to get you started: Tony Fomison, Rita Angus, Frances Hodgkins, Robyn Kahukiwa, Seraphine Pick
>MAKE a portrait zombie with a friend. On a dice give each number a face part: 1-eyes 2-nose 3-lips 4-hair 5-ears 6-face outline. Take turns rolling the dice and drawing the face part you land on. How does your portrait look?
>MAKE a tinfoil face sculpture. Press a sheet of tinfoil against your face tightly so every detail is scrunched into the tinfoil, remove and you will have a tinfoil self-portrait mask. Put it in front of you on the desk and create a careful observational drawing of your tinfoil face.


Outreach Programme
29 January – 13 April 2018

We are big on taking care of the environment and especially our treasure Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour. Learn about what makes our harbour so special and the current threats damaging its ecosystem and how you can help! We will then use waste materials and up-cycle them into amazing sea creature art.


Following the First Footprints
(half day) 

It’s important to know your own neighbourhood. Pātaka educator and historian, Linda Fordyce, takes you and your busload of students around Porirua -‘the place where the tide flows from two harbours.’ The trip is approximately 40 kms in total and follows the footsteps of the first Maori and European settlers in the area. Linda can do a pre-visit session at your school that uses images and artefacts from our collection that relate to the stories and history of Porirua.





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