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Visarts Sumnmary to 9th Dec 2019


Visarts summary to the 9th December 2019


Kia ora tātou Visartsnet community, I hope that you are all anticipating some time with friends and whanau over the summer break and that members in the west and southern regions are managing to stay high and dry during the current flooding. As I survey the posts across the year, again, I am humbled by the vast knowledge, experience and generosity shown by posters who freely give their advice and time to be active members of our community.


Nga mihi hui to everybody for your insight and contributions to our community throughout 2019 !


Coming Up / Jobs:

  • 21st - 23rd February, 2020 - Art Camp New Zealand 2020 - just around the bays from me in CHCH - who would have thought??!! 

  • 15th-17th April 2020 - Register NOW if you haven’t already for the bi-annual ANZAAE conference

  • Closes MONDAY - Epsom Girls’ Grammar art teacher 

  • Showquest 2020 - a great chance to involve visual arts students in a multi discipline theatre style performance

  • 29th Nov to 31st Jan 2020 - Applications are open for the review of achievement standards 

  • ATOM Groundswell Competition closes Sept 2020


NZQA 2020 Key Dates:

Level 1 Wednesday 21st October,  Level 2 Wednesday 28th October,  Level 3 and Schol Thursday 5th November


Art resources:

Arts Online compilation: Art Institutions with good lesson plans

Free books from the Getty online library - Julia Margaret Cameron one looks good. 

Guggenheim resource - online publications

The Sketchbook project  and free historic Japanese Wave patterns


Art and project-based learning in Aotearoa:

In the Early World by Elwyn Richardson - video and book

The song of the bird - Elwyn Richardson and others discuss Oruaiti 14mins

The HeART of the Matter looks at major changes in New Zealand teaching which began after World War ll. 


Self-care and strategies for 2020 - If you have had a bumper year and are feeling drained... 

Goodbye, "Teacher Tired"5 days to doing fewer things better - great podcast to listen to while lying somewhere quiet and warm and lots of other interesting ideas and ways to cut corners but not quality and the 5 plus a day!!

5 minute well-being plan,    5 exercises to increase your gratefulness 5 ways to fill your own cup - It is time for your refill?

Self-Care: 20 Ways to ‘Fill Your Own Cup’,   



The University of Auckland were seeking an art teacher for 5-7 year olds for 2020, and Linwood college needed an Art teacher with Photography experience. Atom published a study guide: Quilty - painting the shadows, Paula was keen to know how other schools were tackling project-based learning and Laura wondered what banking processes other associations use?  Annie wanted to know about drying racks - thanks all for your suggestions. Tom shared an amazing compilation of open-source software for art-making, St Kevin's College is seeking expressions of interest for Wearable Arts 2020  and I shared a draft rebuild / art spaces resource if anyone is also keen to contribute.


Empathy - I have posted extensively on the research links between empathy,  art and well-being, here are some newer links:

Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed argues a rise of narcissism and loss of empathy are key reasons for why kids are depressed and mental health problems are on the rise.

Danish classes focused on empathy and teamwork education on empathy and community

Michigan study on dropping levels of empathy -’students today have about 40% less empathy than in the 1980s and 1990s’

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids and start raising kind ones. Adam Grant organizational psychologist Alison Grant - writer and co-author




Barry Lane - Facebook post 2019

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