Gallery Explorer: Looking at Art

Learning to look and how people ‘read’ a work of art. Students explore exhibitions at the gallery to practice close-looking and observation techniques while strengthening their visual literacy and visual thinking skills.

• The programme includes student-led discussion and hands-on activities (drawing, collage and playing)
During the visit
• Students explore ways of looking at art while focusing on how they can connect art and ideas to their own lives and experiences.
• Students participate in a discussion of how a work of art can be ‘read’ and the importance of visuals within their own personal contexts. What is art? Where can we see art in our everyday lives? How can we ‘read’ a work of art? Why is it important to be able to ‘read’ art?
• What is the difference between ‘reading’ a work of art and ‘reading’ a written text? What kind of information do we get from visual art?
• Students will also see how exhibitions are developed and some of the process and the ideas behind the selection and presentation of the works.

Key competencies: Thinking, using language symbols and texts, participating and contribution, managing self, relating to others
Curriculum strands: Visual Arts: understanding the arts in context, communicating and interpreting, developing practical knowledge, developing ideas. English: listening, reading, viewing and speaking, writing and presenting.

NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1
Duration: One hour, however, we can change it to meet your timeframe.
Suitable: For Year 1-13
Available: Throughout the year
Cost: Free