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Visarts summary to 15th Feb 201

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By Bridget Blair

Kia ora koutou,

For most of us the year is well and truly underway now and our students are busy getting to know each other while we get to know them. Thanks to those of you who have found time to reply to your colleagues queries with advice and support in the ‘first week flurry’.


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Wisdom from post-quake teachers:

Phillipa from Westland High in Hokitika has sent a request for any help and advice... after a devastating fire, ideas about how to teach across multiple sites in rooms that aren’t necessarily art rooms would be much appreciated. I am sure there are quite a few people out there with unique insights into ways of coping with this large-scale disruption. Especially I am sure the management of equipment and resources...


Dyslexia and dyspraxia: there seems to be some research data that suggests a higher incidence of students with these are opting into art subjects - check out this Inclusive Learning site on TKI. It has lots of great strategies and ideas that you can sift through as well as the professional reading below.


Primary Resources:

Pinterest board - a new board dedicated to primary level art lessons - please feel free to send suggestions of other good pins

Friedrich Hundertwasser - Dye and colourflow Artsonline unit aimed at L3 and 4 of the curriculum but could be pitched lower-  a very flexible unit with a range of possible outcomes from digital, painting and sculptural.

Take art outside - use the images the students create as seeds for projects about environmental issues or to spark creative writing...

Scribble creatures - good little doodling activity to spark imaginative characters - you could add a topic and get them brainstorming describing words.


Secondary Resources:

The Art Story: This website will be added to the reviewed resources section of Artsonline - great for Art History or even good blogs like this one examining briefly a range of artists and their muse


Coming up:

Term 1 Regional Arts Partnerships in Whangarei, Napier, Auckland and Taurange - dates and content in flyer (RAPs) workshops for 2016.

New Thinking Around Painting - Professional Learning for Teachers in New Media Painting - workshops happening March/April




Professional reading:

The effect of dyslexia and dyspraxia on the cognitive modelling process within the context of art and design. Part One: Drawing on drawing

This article examines the different cognitive abilities akonga bring to drawing tasks. It examines the differences between drawing to record and drawing as process.


Hei konā mai,


Bridget Blair

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Visartsnet​


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