NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018 is thrilled to announce a new School Tours Programme encompassing an extensive programme of interactive activities and resources to help students engage in New Zealand’s largest sculpture exhibition.
Schools across Auckland have been involved in NZ Sculpture OnShore since its inception as exhibitors and visitors. Increasingly teachers are seeing the value in the event as a tool for exposing their students to New Zealand art in a stunning outdoor environment.
One such school, Vauxhall Primary, is a huge supporter of NZ Sculpture OnShore and teachers say they look forward to it every time. Sarah McIntyre and Mary Laurence both teachers at Vauxhall Primary say the exhibit is really beneficial for schools for a number of reasons. “This offers a real opportunity for children to discover that art has a meaning or a message and it’s wonderful to hear their ideas and interpretations of the works. Children come to these artworks without any preconceived ideas. They are fresh and represent our new art audiences so we really need to feed them with new art experiences they can connect with. We can’t develop art in New Zealand without having an art audience,” says Sarah.
Sarah is convinced that NZ Sculpture OnShore also gives teachers a really great platform for developing ideas and teaching art. “I always say to the kids: where do we get our ideas from? We get them from other artists!” “The other element of the exhibit that we talk to our students about is the fact that this demonstrates the charitable aspect of art and that it is bringing in money to support families in need,” she says.
One of the favourite sculptures among the children was done by Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten whereby lunchboxes were hung throughout a tree to represent the number of children in New Zealand who go to school every year without any food.
“The children really remember that piece and the message behind it,” she adds. “We know that as teachers our job is to set children up for the future. One increasing problem we are seeing is a huge amount of anxiety in young people.
"Involving our children in the arts is a really good form of expression to help deal with this issue whether it is dance, drama or the visual arts. We can support our children by giving them the opportunity to interact with sculpture by viewing it or making it themselves,” says Sarah.
For further information on the Schools Programme for NZ Sculpture OnShore please visit Schools Programme webpage or emailing Fiona White at: Fiona@thewhites.co.nz.