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A collection of Sculpture related resources to support kaiako with the planning and delivery of teaching and learning

  • Wharenui Harikoa – Marae

    Wharenui Harikoa – Marae

    “Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole’s latest project is also their most ambitious. Wharenui Harikoa is a day glo neon vision – a true house of joy.”

  • Wharenui Harikoa: Surface Design Association Journal ↗

    Wharenui Harikoa: Surface Design Association Journal ↗

    External link: An article by Dr. Pounamu Jade William Emery Aikman for Surface Design Association Journal: “Lissy and Rudi describe their textured sculpture as ‘a refractive prism of tūpuna-inspired light,’…

  • Wharenui Harikoa App ↗

    Wharenui Harikoa App ↗

    External link: “Bring the magic of the wharenui to your world. Discover the wonders of the Wharenui Harikoa like never before with our AR app. Immerse yourself in the vibrant…

  • Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi – 2023 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate

    Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi – 2023 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate

    2023 Arts Foundation Laureate – Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi (Sculpture) talks about his work “we are all busy doing what we are doing and we don’t see ourself. Other people see…

  • Manulua, by Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi – Auckland Museum

    Manulua, by Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi – Auckland Museum

    Tongan artist Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi discusses his new work, Manulua, one of several new artworks commissioned for Te Ao Mārama, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum’s new South Atrium.

  • Curating Pacific Spaces: Oceania and the White Cube↗

    Curating Pacific Spaces: Oceania and the White Cube↗

    External link: “A visual presentation by artist and curator Ema Tavola delivered at the 3rd Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Symposium at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia (9-11 April 2015).”

  • Art in Context: Bill Culbert

    Art in Context: Bill Culbert

    A visual art and art history education resource for secondary teachers inspired by Bill Culbert’s 2013 Venice Biennale exhibition. It includes a sculpture trail in Wellington, and art work analysis…

  • Art Study Cards

    Art Study Cards

    These study cards are designed for secondary visual art and art history students. They could be used in a gallery setting or for classroom activities. Each card explains key art…

  • Ockham Lecture: Uku with Isaac Te Awa

    Ockham Lecture: Uku with Isaac Te Awa

    “As part of Objectspace’s Ockham Lecture series, Isaac Te Awa (Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāpuhi) speaks to the whakapapa of Uku in Aotearoa and provides insight into the use…

  • Rosalie Gascoigne: NGV Learning Resources↗

    Rosalie Gascoigne: NGV Learning Resources↗

    External link: “A range of resources that offers students an insight into the artist’s life and work through a series of questions and activities which examine the Rosalie Gascoigne’s distinctive…

  • Clay Creations Lessons Booklet↗

    Clay Creations Lessons Booklet↗

    External link: A booklet created by Expanding Heart that has step-by-step instructions and lessons for educators when starting out with clay. Ideal for Primary and Intermediate students.

  • Art2day Sculpture Search↗

    Art2day Sculpture Search↗

    External link: Search a range of different artists who work with sculpture. A great resource for senior students.

  • 2021 Conference Presentation: Sam Eng – Why Sculpture?

    2021 Conference Presentation: Sam Eng – Why Sculpture?

    Sam Eng has been an advocate for Sculpture in the secondary sector for over 20 years. In this presentation he asks the question: Why is Sculpture important to a healthy…

  • 2023 Conference Presentation: Dieneke Jansen – Where to start, where are we?

    2023 Conference Presentation: Dieneke Jansen – Where to start, where are we?

    With Site as Situation, his presentation will outline a six-week studio program which positions students as artmakers in and with tūranga, and suggests various ways of engaging with their immediate…

  • 2023 Conference Presentation: Lisa Terreni – Art lessons from a Ceramics Collection

    2023 Conference Presentation: Lisa Terreni – Art lessons from a Ceramics Collection

    In this presentation, Lisa presents findings from research into a ceramics collection established by Wellington Teacher’s College (later known as the Wellington College of Education), which is now owned and…

  • 2023 Conference Presentation: Monique Redmond & Emily O’Hara – Crafting time

    2023 Conference Presentation: Monique Redmond & Emily O’Hara – Crafting time

    Monique Redmond & Emily O’Hara talk about Crafting time; the relationship between the hand, the tools and the made. This presentation focuses on women artists engaged in sculptural, spatial and…

  • 2023 Conference Presentation: Tawhai Rickard – Kōrero with pictures

    2023 Conference Presentation: Tawhai Rickard – Kōrero with pictures

    In this presentation, Tawhai Rickard, the winner of the 2023 National Contemporary Art Award, discusses his work that he describes as “unashamedly Aotearoa, New Zealand and Māori” which draws upon…

  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude↗

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude↗

    External link: The official website of Christo and Jeanne-Claude which includes comprehensive documentation of their life and work.

  • Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen↗

    Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen↗

    External link: “The official website of the artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen which includes information on large scale projects and case histories.”

  • Andy Warhol Museum: Lessons↗

    Andy Warhol Museum: Lessons↗

    External link: “Explore Warhol’s life, artistic practice, and legacy through an extensive archive of free interdisciplinary teaching tools.”

  • Tiffany Singh: Education Resources↗

    Tiffany Singh: Education Resources↗

    External link: “A range of educational resources and motivational material for classroom and home use. The aim is to provide affordable, durable teaching tools that energise teaching environments, making learning…

  • Matthew McIntyre-Wilson talks about hīnaki

    Matthew McIntyre-Wilson talks about hīnaki

    Matthew McIntyre-Wilson talks to Te Papa’s Mātauranga Māori Curator Isaac Te Awa about learning from the hīnaki eel trap in the collection.

  • Portraying our people installation↗

    Portraying our people installation↗

    External link: “Students produce a resolved paint or sculptural installation designed for a specific location that communicates the identity and culture of the subject(s).”

  • SculptGL Design Challenge

    SculptGL Design Challenge

    A series of activities students can work through when using SculputGL.

  • SculptGL↗

    SculptGL↗

    External link: “SculptGL is a digital sculpting web app, with sources available on github.”

  • Sculpture Challenge Box

    Sculpture Challenge Box

    A great warm up before tackling any sculpture project. The strength of this activity is that it makes students think about all the ways you can connect materials together.

  • The Public Studio: An introduction to colour

    The Public Studio: An introduction to colour

    This zine, is designed to make our skill sets accessible to the communities with whom we work. We encourage you to copy, share, and adapt it to fit your needs…

  • Keith Haring: Lesson plans↗

    Keith Haring: Lesson plans↗

    External link:” We have gathered our lessons from education departments at Museums that have hosted Keith Haring exhibitions or have received funding from us for special projects, from some of…

  • Sculptor: Fletcher Benton

    Sculptor: Fletcher Benton

    A paper folding activity that looks at the work of sculptor Fletcher Benton. Suitable for junior secondary.

  • George Nuku: Slideshow

    George Nuku: Slideshow

    A series of slides that contain information and images about George Nuku’s art practice, along with some activities for students.

  • George Nuku: Bottled Ocean

    George Nuku: Bottled Ocean

    A document that contains information and images about George Nuku’s art practice, including an essay on his installation Bottled Ocean 2117.

  • Process and Product: Sculpture ↗

    Process and Product: Sculpture ↗

    External link: “This unit features a video with a contemporary working artist who makes sculptures, image galleries of sculptures from the National Gallery’s collection, an explainer that dives into the…

  • Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection – Teacher Resource↗

    Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection – Teacher Resource↗

    Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ invites us into an alternative world where nature and technology, humans and animals, fact and fiction all mix and intermingle in ways that are both strange…

  • Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection – Student Resource

    Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection – Student Resource

    Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection’ invites us into an alternative world where nature and technology, humans and animals, fact and fiction all mix and intermingle in ways that are both strange…

  • Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land – Student Worksheet↗

    Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land – Student Worksheet↗

    A student worksheet for Primary and Secondary ākonga that looks at Michael Parekowhai’s exhibition “The Promised Land”.

  • Tour Michael Parekowhai’s ‘The Promised Land’

    Tour Michael Parekowhai’s ‘The Promised Land’

    “Maud Page, former Deputy Director, Collection and Exhibitions takes us on a tour of ‘Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land’. In ‘The Promised Land’ discover photography and sculpture spanning more than…

  • Profiles – Neil Dawson (1983)

    Profiles – Neil Dawson (1983)

    External link: “Sculptor Neil Dawson — who later created major public art works including The Chalice in Cathedral Square, and Ferns in Wellington’s Civic Square — is profiled in this…

  • Hotere (2001)

    Hotere (2001)

    External link: “Ralph Hotere (Te Aupōuri) is regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest artists. This documentary by Merata Mita provides a perspective on his world, largely by way of…

  • Contemporary Art. Q & A: Zac Langdon-Pole

    Contemporary Art. Q & A: Zac Langdon-Pole

    “We ask, Zac answers … artist Zac Langdon-Pole discusses his background, art, process, and City Gallery show ‘Containing Multitudes’.”

  • Sculpture at Waitakere College

    Sculpture at Waitakere College

    Learn how sculpture has grown to be the fastest growing discipline and now the biggest Senior Visual Arts field at Waitakere College. Genevieve shares course structure, and how she gets…

  • Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs – Education Kit↗

    Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs – Education Kit↗

    This resource contains information about selected works in the show, along with discussion questions and classroom activity ideas.

  • Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs – Resource Card↗

    Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs – Resource Card↗

    Jealous Saboteurs surveys twenty years of work by London based, New-Zealand-born artist Francis Upritchard. The show ranges from model landscapes she made at art school to her recent figurative sculptures.

  • Wellington Sculpture Trust: A lasting impression

    Wellington Sculpture Trust: A lasting impression

    A video celebrating 25 Sculptures for Wellington City commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust.

  • Meridian Energy Wind Sculptures

    Meridian Energy Wind Sculptures

    The video features five works: Zephyrometer by Phil Price, Pacific Grass by Kon Dimopoulos, Akau Tangi by Phil Dadson, Tower of Light by Andrew Drummond, Urban Forest by Leon van…

  • Wellington Sculpture Trust ↗

    Wellington Sculpture Trust ↗

    External link: “The Wellington Sculpture Trust was established in 1982 and is a voluntary and independent charitable trust dedicated to enriching Wellington by providing contemporary innovative public art for the…

  • Eva Rothschild: Kosmos –  Education Kit↗

    Eva Rothschild: Kosmos – Education Kit↗

    Exhibition kit for Eva Rothchild’s exhibition ‘Kosmos’ at City Gallery Wellington. Her works explore the formal language of sculpture—form, shape, colour, structure, scale, material.

  • Glen Hayward: Wish You Were Here – Resource Card

    Glen Hayward: Wish You Were Here – Resource Card

    Resource card for Glen Hayward’s exhibition ‘Wish You Were Here’ at City Gallery Wellington. “Mainly working from photographs, he recreates everyday objects and environments in hand-carved and painted wood.”

  • Richard Serra – Te Tuhirangi Contour ↗

    Richard Serra – Te Tuhirangi Contour ↗

    External link: A short documentary about Richard Serra’s work ‘Te Tuhirangi Contour’ at Gibb’s Farm in Kaipara Harbour.

  • Anish Kapoor – Dismemberment, Site 1 ↗

    Anish Kapoor – Dismemberment, Site 1 ↗

    External link: A short documentary about Anish Kapoor’s work ‘Dismemberment, Site 1’ at Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour.

  • Eric Orr – Electrum (for Len Lye) ↗

    Eric Orr – Electrum (for Len Lye) ↗

    External link: A short documentary about Eric Orr’s work ‘Electrum (for Len Lye)’ at Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour.

  • Bernar Venet – 88.5° ARC x 8 ↗

    Bernar Venet – 88.5° ARC x 8 ↗

    External link: A short documentary about Bernar Venet’s work ‘88.5° ARC x 8’ at Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour.

  • Andy Goldsworthy – Arches ↗

    Andy Goldsworthy – Arches ↗

    External link: A short documentary about Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptural work ‘Arches’ at Gibbs Farm in Kaipara Harbour.

  • Visual Arts: Field Conventions

    Visual Arts: Field Conventions

    A list of conventions for the different Visual Arts fields

  • Activities: 3 Cup Museum Research

    Activities: 3 Cup Museum Research

    This activity looks at the architecture of Santiago Calatrava Valls and Zaha Hadid and asks students to create their own structures using paper cups.

  • Activities: Art from Your Own Backyard

    Activities: Art from Your Own Backyard

    “Andy Goldsworthy is an environmental artist from the United Kingdom. He is best known for his outdoor sculptures made of natural”

  • Toilet Paper Rolls Squashed into Faces ↗

    Toilet Paper Rolls Squashed into Faces ↗

    External Link: “French paper artist Junior Fritz Jacquet created this fantastic series of weird masks made from toilet paper rolls. Inspired by the craft of origami”

  • Activity: Matatoki Inspired Soap Carving

    Activity: Matatoki Inspired Soap Carving

    “The artwork above is a detail from a carving by artist Jason Hina called Rauru-ora.”

  • At Home Sculpture Material List

    At Home Sculpture Material List

    “So many different materials can be used to create sculptures, from traditional materials like clay and stone,”

  • Art Lockdown Learning Tasks

    Art Lockdown Learning Tasks

    A series of art tasks designed as remote learning activities.

  • Wayne Youle: Teacher Notes

    Wayne Youle: Teacher Notes

    “10 down surveys highlights from the past 10 years of Wayne Youle’s practice.”

  • SecondLife Teacher Notes

    SecondLife Teacher Notes

    “”Second Life is an exhibition which looks at sustainable art practice.”

  • Activity: Sculpture Bingo

    Activity: Sculpture Bingo

    A range of sculpture-based activities using easily accessible materials.

  • The Art Story: Alexander Calder ↗

    The Art Story: Alexander Calder ↗

    External Link: “American artist Alexander Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement, first through performances of his mechanical”

  • Experiments with Light

    Experiments with Light

    Experiments with light teaching resource. From drawing with sparklers to building a camera obscura, take inspiration from artist Bill Culbert and get experimental with light.

  • Sculpture on the Gulf ↗

    Sculpture on the Gulf ↗

    External Link “Matiatia Coastal Walkway will once again be transformed into an artscape like no other for Sculpture on the Gulf 2024.”

  • Scape Public Art ↗

    Scape Public Art ↗

    External Link: Showcases a range of public art from multiple seasons.

  • Brick Bay: Artists on the Trail ↗

    Brick Bay: Artists on the Trail ↗

    External Link: “We showcase a diverse range of New Zealand sculpture featuring some of the country’s most exciting and engaging contemporary practitioners.”

  • Build Tall Sculpture with No Art Supplies

    Build Tall Sculpture with No Art Supplies

    This video shows what happened when 9-to-13-year-old students did my Tower Sculpture Challenge. The #stayathome art lesson asked students to build a tower sculpture as tall as themselves without the…

  • Collage Sculpture ft. Peter Madden

    Collage Sculpture ft. Peter Madden

    What is “collage sculpture”? What do Wunderkammer, women’s 19th century scrapbooks, Dada, Surrealism, Mycorrhizal networks, and an old pair of shoes have to do with each other? My new video…

  • Learn One Min Sculptures

    Learn One Min Sculptures

    I devised the “One-minute Sculpture Learning Project” following the example of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. It was first realised by 11 to 13-year-old students at the American Elementary School of…

  • How to Make Sculpture

    How to Make Sculpture

    My new video “Supersize Your World” is part 3 of 4 sculpture lessons for elementary (primary) school students, that is ideal for remote learning and home-schooling. Each of the videos…

  • Andy Goldsworthy Activity ↗

    Andy Goldsworthy Activity ↗

    External Link: “Now that spring has finally sprung, consider taking your students outside to create new and exciting works of art. ”

  • Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas ↗

    Six Inexpensive Sculpture Ideas ↗

    External Link: “Here are six sculpture ideas you can use to create some great projects without spending a lot of money.”

  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude Projects

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude Projects

    This ‘Highlights’ video celebrates 63 years of art activity by the renowned duo Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne Claude (1935-2009) by showing all their monumental environmental works of art, a selection…

  • How to Cast Like Whiteread

    How to Cast Like Whiteread

    You can cast just about anything. For this how to, inspired by Rachel Whiteread’s use of domestic objects, we cast a light bulb…

  • How to Make a Pot Like Grayson Perry

    How to Make a Pot Like Grayson Perry

    Follow our step-by-step guide to building a coil pot with ceramicist Freya Bramble-Carter. The whole process can take up to a couple of weeks, depending on the speed in which…

  • Doodlin’ – Impressions of Len Lye ↗

    Doodlin’ – Impressions of Len Lye ↗

    External Link: “This documentary, made seven years after the death of legendary filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye”

  • Flip & Two Twisters ↗

    Flip & Two Twisters ↗

    External Link: “Flip & Two Twisters is Shirley Horrocks’ documentary about New Zealand-born artist Len Lye. Motion maestro Lye’s international reputation”

  • Sound Sculpture: Pots ‘N’ Pans ↗

    Sound Sculpture: Pots ‘N’ Pans ↗

    External Link: “Len Lye’s sculptures are often made from shiny metal that stands or hangs, balances or tips, and makes sounds that tinkle or crash.”

  • Raku Inoue Activity ↗

    Raku Inoue Activity ↗

    External Link: “Raku Inoue, an artist based out of Montreal, recently gained a following over his Natura Insects series. The concept was to recreate beetles, dragonflies”

  • J Boland with H Freeth & S Eady

    J Boland with H Freeth & S Eady

    Gallery Educator Jen Boland introduces guest artists Harry Freeth and Scott Eady who demonstrate how to create clay self-portraits – blindfolded!

  • Cereal Box = Treasure Box

    Cereal Box = Treasure Box

    “Firstly we need to create our very own box. Open up one of your cereal boxes and cut out a square that is roughly 9cm”

  • Bird and Bee Banquet

    Bird and Bee Banquet

    “On one of our walks my son Dan (7) and I noticed all the colours of the different leaves, foliage, flowers and the birds”

  • Magical Doorways Art Adventure

    Magical Doorways Art Adventure

    “The materials you will need are dry fallen sticks (see instructions for size), string – this could be twine, wool”

  • Scrunchy Paper Bag Sculpture

    Scrunchy Paper Bag Sculpture

    “It’s nice to be back and going on another art adventure with you all. This time we are making scrunchy paper bag sculptures.”

  • The Big Art Trip ↗

    The Big Art Trip ↗

    External Link: “Central North Island art is spotlighted in this episode of the road trip arts show. Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Nick Ward ”

  • Swinging the Lambeth Walk ↗

    Swinging the Lambeth Walk ↗

    External Link: “Inspired by a song in 1937 musical Me and My Girl, ‘The Lambeth Walk’ was a popular dance named after a working class area of London.”

  • Profiles – Greer Twiss ↗

    Profiles – Greer Twiss ↗

    External Link: “Sculptor (and future Arts Foundation Icon) Greer Twiss is profiled in this episode of the early 80s series about notable artists.”

  • Questions for Mr Reynolds ↗

    Questions for Mr Reynolds ↗

    External Link: “The work of artist John Reynolds takes in painting, photography, clothes, tattooing and landscaping. Director Shirley Horrocks frames this 65-minute Artsville documentary as a series of questions”

  • Intent to Construct ↗

    Intent to Construct ↗

    External Link: “Pacific Monarch by New Zealand sculptor Paul Dibble was installed in front of the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, in 1995.”

  • Profiles – Neil Dawson ↗

    Profiles – Neil Dawson ↗

    External Link: “Sculptor Neil Dawson — who later created major public art works including The Chalice in Cathedral Square, and Ferns in Wellington’s Civic Square”

  • Falls the Shadow ↗

    Falls the Shadow ↗

    External Link: “In this documentary, artist Helen Pollock discusses her sculpture Falls the Shadow. Using clay from the Coromandel and the”

  • When a Warrior Dies ↗

    When a Warrior Dies ↗

    External Link: “The capture and release of the French agents who bombed the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior was not the end of the affair.”

  • Between the Memory and the Silence ↗

    Between the Memory and the Silence ↗

    External Link: “Auckland artist Helen Pollock memorialised WWl and her own “wonderful” father’s history, in sculptures that reside at the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum”

  • Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu ↗

    Ngā Ringa Toi o Tahu ↗

    External Link: “This web series profiles nine Ngāi Tahu artists, all working in different mediums. Weavers Reihana Parata and Morehu Flutey-Henare,”

  • Waitangi Rosary Plaster Casts

    Waitangi Rosary Plaster Casts

    This 34-slide presentation details several artist models, before inviting the reader to chose a theme for their artwork, research the theme, and engage in the technique for the making of…

  • Māori Sculpture Artist Models

    Māori Sculpture Artist Models

    This presentation details 57 Māori sculpture artist models, including: Davina Duke, Chris Byrant-Toi, Bethany Matai Edmunds, Natasha Keating, Brett Graham,

  • Sculpture Lesson Card

    Sculpture Lesson Card

    “Sculptures vary enormously in their materials, techniques, scale, and effects

  • Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) – Activity

    Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) – Activity

    Use this workbook to guide your students through Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist). Follow the map below to find the artworks.

  • Cardboard Connections

    Cardboard Connections

    “Here’s a sculptural adventure I thought you might want to try out. It is also something that you can collaborate…”

  • David Trubridge: So Far

    David Trubridge: So Far

    “Trubridge is a world-wide acclaimed designer known for his iconic range of furniture and lighting…”

  • Teacher Notes on Peter Madden

    Teacher Notes on Peter Madden

    “Peter Madden has become an undisputed master of the art of collage – on the wall and free-standing. PATAKA has brought together twenty-five of his key works over the past…

  • Steampunk Robots Sculpture Unit

    Steampunk Robots Sculpture Unit

    This resource details 8 weeks worth of planning for a steampunk robots kit bash sculpture unit.

  • Teacher Notes: Joanna Langford

    Teacher Notes: Joanna Langford

    This resource provides teacher notes on Joanna Langford’s first survey exhibition, Beyond Nowhere.

  • Sculpture Overview

    Sculpture Overview

    “Sculptures vary enormously in their materials, techniques, scale, and effects. To explore how different artists create their sculptures, look at a range of works and answer these questions.”

  • Tips and Tricks for Teaching Sculpture

    Tips and Tricks for Teaching Sculpture

    Genevieve her processes to get ākonga up and going and ways to approach extending ideas and building on other disciplines.

  • Approaches to Teaching Sculpture

    Approaches to Teaching Sculpture

    Ros discusses ideas for teaching Sculpture and shares strategies for growing Sculpture at both Junior and Senior levels