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Visarts - first summary 2016

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By Bridget Blair

Welcome back to those of you already checking your work emails. I hope that the break has been good for you all -apart from marginal weather at times for anyone tramping or in a tent!  It has been so wonderful to see people helping each other out via the community over the break. Below this message is a summary of what has been happening on the list.

A past TV show about teachers opened at the start of term - swinging doors revealing people and paperwork coming from all directions at once, it seemed a little uncannily ‘real’.  If you have a little time and headspace before the start of classes to explore a few ideas around teaching check out the links to resources, videos and professional readings that are geared towards STEAM, Makerspaces, and a few other bits and bobs….

Primary / Junior Secondary Links:

Lesson - 1 point perspective - a trees / street scene lesson with easy step by step instructions.


STEM to STEAM Resources toolkit - integrated curriculum teaching...

This topic came up in the community last year - this Edutopia link has resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, and could help you to plan different approaches to integrated studies.

Growing from STEM to STEAM

Tips to team up the arts and sciences in your classroom from The Kennedy Centre

Edutopia - MAKERSPACES resources and tools to help bring elements of maker culture into schools and classrooms, and encourage students to explore STEAM subjects within the context of maker projects. “ When a young girl is excited to try new things in coding and 3D design, that's a huge deal. We need to encourage STEAM across the board for all students, and makerspaces can be an ideal entryway for students who might not be natural to these fields of study.”

  • Trees of Knowledge Great video - how “maker education’ looks in practice and links back to the underlying philosophies of Jean Piaget

  • Auckland Central Library: Makerspace

  • Other international and New Zealand Maker places listed on DSpace - Dunedin Makerspace site.

Summary of posts on the list:

(for some of these threads you may need to enter login:artsonline, password: mailinglist)

  • Helen Lloyd is moving from her post as an educator at Te Papa to take up a position at the City Gallery Wellington - congratulations on your new position Helen!.

  • Gen at Wellesley School requested advice on ideas / places / resources for Years 1-8 at an all boys school - thank you to all of those of you who have replied so far.

  • Meredith wanted some tips about finding relief work after relocating - some great advice was offered by members

  • Farewell to Dawn Tuffery who is moving on from the School of Media Arts business support role.

  • Annabelle Cloudesley a primary teacher at Waikawa Bay is interested in information about any visual art teaching PD during 2016.

  • Can you help? Lost level 3 photography folio board - candidate number is 0002177858

  • Diane shared a link to pre order Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics


Other Professional Reading:

The Art of Thinking Like a Scientist - discusses creative confidence and the “maker movement”


Dr Cindy Maguire - Choosing a life one has reason to value: The role of the arts in fostering capability development in five small urban high schools. (attached to this email) - links to sites and her other articles.


Have a great start to the academic year!



Bridget Blair

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Visartsnet​


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