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Visarts Summary 18th August to 7th September 2014

Kia ora everyone, 

With 3 weeks left of the term, the countdown to folio completion is well and truly on (if only the level 3’s realised!!). 

Can I draw your attention to upcoming workshops with Michel Tuffery and Flox, please keep an eye on visartsnet for information. In the meantime, you may like to check out Michel’s Facebook page, and the N8VLaB Facebook page.

We’ll have another Twitter Chat #visartschatnz this Thursday evening, 8.30pm, so please follow this link to vote on a topic for discussion. Voting finishes Wednesday evening, and a list of questions related to the topic you chose will be available Thursday morning. Get involved, you can of course use this as evidence for your professional practice portfolios, but more than that, its a chance to connect with visual arts educators around the country, and grow your professional learning network. Don’t forget to tag your visual arts related tweets with #visartschatnz

Another ‘3-weeker’ round-up:

18th - 24th August

Manga Conventions

Tracey contributed to last week’s discussion of ways to use 3.5 and Manga, initiated by Maryann, by sharing a list of Manga conventions useful for 3.5: Solid black outlines, Manpu (emotions), lines for speed and movement etc - follow the link from Tracey’s name to view in detail.

9 Reasons to Take Art

Diane shared this link to a fantastic resource developed by the awesome Amiria Robinson from ‘The Student Art Guide’, to help with student course selection for next year. 

Manuka Etching Press for sale

Fiona from Artsight advertised this press, interest came in quickly, and I’m sure its been snapped up now.

Wellington LUX Light Festival

Massey University and Wellington City Council bring us this free public light festival around Wellington’s waterfront and laneways.

Level 2 Painting and Sculpture Course

Samantha asked for ideas, courses and models to help her to plan this course for implementation next year, and shared her thoughts so far. Ariane suggested artist models combining painting and sculpture, including Judy Millar, Miranda Parkes, Judy Darragh, Rohan Wealleans and Katarina Grosse, see this link for more detail. Philippa suggested looking at examples form the Top Art Roadshow, see link hereTim suggested contacting the Wellington East Girls College visual arts department (see example suggested by Philippa).

Stanford Design Process

Jon is keen to chat via email or Twitter with art design teachers using the Stanford Design process with students, jmullen@stbedes.school.nz, @warwithnormal

John shared his thoughts in response, and the interesting things happening at his school to support students to engage in design thinking, including how SOLO is used linked to a design thinking process. 

There is some really interesting thinking going on here about moving to ‘design thinking’, not just as a way to develop art design programmes, but as a response to developing critical and creative thinking school wide, see Jon and John’s posts for more detail.


Angela is after suggestions for outstanding book titles related to Maori, NZ painters, Pop Art, and contemporary painting, photography and design. Virginia suggested Roger Neich’s Painted Histories. Ashlee recommended Juxtapos magazine for contemporary painting. Jennifer suggested “Its all about the Image” by Dick Frizzell. Jeantine suggested Elements in Abstract painting by Bob Nicklas. Tania came up with a stunning list of 12 books related to Maori, both traditional and contemporary, link here to see Tania's comprehensive list, she also suggested the Vitamin series and ‘All Messed Up’ a design/mixed media book.

Artist in Residence

Bree is interested in organising an artist in residence or artist run printmaking workshop, and asked for suggestions of artists from the Canterbury area. Robyn recommended Jason Greig.

Aotearoa Digital Arts Network Symposium

Is on at AUT in Auckland, 12th to 14th September, link here for further information.

Manga Conventions and Folio Board Layouts

Daniella has a challenge with the conventional left to right, top to bottom reading of folios submitted for external assessment, and a student who would like their manga themed board to read from right to left, in keeping with how Manga comics and books are read.

Tracey responded by suggesting trusting the knowledge of the markers as long as the student’s work is strong and idea development clear; Tina suggested a short note, similar to a design brief, to indicate the student’s intent to markers. Ashlee suggested a small section showing relevant artist models; a href="http://artsonline.tki.org.nz/sympa/archive/visartsnet/2014-08/msg00084.htmlRowena suggested working left to right but in series or sequences of works that show understanding of this Manga convention; Sudhir also suggested a brief be added to the board.

25th - 31st August

Minecraft and Design

Ben is keen to hear from anyone who has explored Minecraft and design with a Year 10 class.

Wintec Media Arts Portfolio Guidance and Information Session

From Dawn: Drop in on the 10th September between 3.30-6pm, R Block, Wintec City Campass, Collingwood Street, Hamilton (Gate 5) for guidance and information related to Media Arts portfolio submissions and programmes.

Visual Arts Teaching Support

Shanon is a beginning teacher at Nga Taiatea Wharekura in Hamilton, and is keen for some specialist support in developing her teaching and programme design etc. She received wonderful offers of support from local visual arts teachers (and a few further afield), including JeanetteJonJamesLisaTaniaAngela, and Sudhir.

How crucial is written analysis?

Tracey posed this great question in relation to .2 and .3 standards, and students with low literacy - seeking advice on the evidence needed to demonstrate conventions/development of ideas. She included some workbook pages to illustrate her question. Astrid shared what she learned from Geoff Harris at a best practice workshop last year and summed up some great information; John G explored the explanatory notes and clarifications, again, really well summed up; Tania shared her approach and suggested connecting with a local school to compare and share practices; John D explored the idea that verbal expression of thinking is as valid a way of extending practical approaches, and suggested audio or video recording of student voice as a part of submission.

NZ Artist Docos - Jeff Thompson

Follow this link to view a clip from this DVD resource, and link to an order form, Monday 1st September is the last day for the special $13 price.

Twitter Chat professional Development with #visartschatnz

We had our first Twitter Chat on Thursday 28th August - an hour of professional development, and time to connect with visual arts educators from around NZ, from the comfort of your own home. A highly effective way to reflect on classroom practices and be challenged and inspired in your thinking by your fellow art teachers! So great to see some brand new Tweeps getting involved. We’d really like to see more of you getting involved, even to just watch the conversation unfold until you are ready to participate. See the link above to get involved with this week’s #visartschatnz, or check out @visartschatnz

Visartsonline of Pinterest

Leah asked for the link to our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/visartsonline/following/pinners/

We now have 195 followers (including some of our students as well as art teachers etc), and we follow 120 NZ art teachers or schools. I added our first board today, N8VLAB Michel Tuffery and Flox Creative Collaboration. Thanks to everyone’s generous sharing of their hard work, we now have an awesome shared online resource of artist models, and categorised visual inspiration. If I haven’t followed your art teaching Pinterest account, please let me know, and I will.

1st - 7th September

Tongan Language Week

This was Tongan Language Week, resources are at this link.

Semi-Permanent Wellington

Wednesday 5th November is the date for Semi-Permanent in Wellington. It’s safe to say that the first 10 days in November generally are ‘out’ for visual arts teachers, due to level 3 folio completion happening around this time. Dates for externals aren’t set until December of the preceding year, which present a bit of a challenge for planning for big events like Semi-Permanent. Simon, we really appreciate the work you do to include visual arts teachers and their students in these events.

Annie Smits Sandano Workshop from Artsight2

Form Fiona: Coming up in the summer holidays, check out this link for more information.

Hannah Behre Drawing Workshop from Artsight2

From Fiona: This will be held in Wellington, at the City Gallery during the holidays.

Photoshop and Illustrator Fundamental Course from Wintec

From Dawn: Follow this link for more information and to sign up, spaces fill quickly. There will be courses late ring he year on InDesign, Z Brush, and After Effects Motion Graphics.

Silkscreen Workshop from ASATA

From Laura: Free PD on Saturday 13th September at Dilworth Senior School, 9.30-3pm, tutors Laura Sunderland and Eleanor White, 09 522 3779 for further information.

SCAPE Public Art in Christchurch

‘Bring the Fanfare home’ PledgeMe campaign, see here for further information.

Lopdell House Education Programmes - Information Evening

From Ellen: For primary and intermediate educators, Wednesday 17th September 5-6pm. Register by emailing mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz or education@teuru.org.nz

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design - Master of Fine Arts Open Evening

From Esther: Tuesday 16th September, 4pm - 6pm. Esther share a little of her experience completing her Masters through Whitecliffe.

The Third Wallace Exhibbit Secondary Schools Art Awards

From Zoe: Entries close Friday 12th September. Get further information and enter here - http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/education/


Madeline Campbell

Arts Online - Visual Arts Community Facilitator

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