The Gallery Educator was brilliant. I loved how she used Māori instructions too. Her questioning skills were top notch and got the students really engaged.
Excellent, relevant—students were completely engaged. The programme linked well to the curriculum.
At City Gallery, we believe encounters with contemporary art can spark curiosity, stimulate creativity, and help us think deeply about the world we live in. Our aim is for students to experience the Gallery as a dynamic, stimulating learning environment where they feel engaged, challenged, and inspired. By visiting the Gallery and taking part in our education programmes, students can share their personal responses to artworks, increase their understanding of contemporary art, and
- build creative and critical thinking skills;
- develop visual literacy skills;
- experiment with a wide variety of art-making techniques;
- participate in open questioning, discussion, and debate.
Our programmes are created in response to the Gallery’s regularly changing exhibitions. They are led by trained visual-arts teachers, who draw on enquiry-based methodologies including Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and Philosophy for Children (P4C), and who employ a range of teaching strategies to engage multiple learning styles.
Supported by the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom initiative (LEOTC) and developed to align with the New Zealand National Curriculum with a focus on visual art, our programmes regularly support other curriculum areas such as Art History, English, Social Studies, Dance, Science and Technology, and often feature collaborations with artists, dancers, and other specialist practitioners.
The programme reflects best practice in pedagogy, content, and curriculum connections.
—Ministry of Education
Claire Hopkins has a BA (Hons) Fine Art and is a trained secondary-school visual-arts teacher. Before joining City Gallery, she ran the schools programmes at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and worked as a travelling art educator for the Real Art Roadshow.
Irena Kennedy has a Masters in Fine Art and has been working in art education for the past 12 years across New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Prior to joining City Gallery, Irena worked as an artist assistant to a variety of artists including Ann Robinson and in film art departments including Wētā Workshop. She is a practising artist working in a variety pf mediums and runs her own business.