City Gallery


Elements of Art – Colour [Outreach Workshop or Distance Learning Programme ]


Term 2 | 2.5 hours 
Years 3-8
Cost per student – $3 for outreach or free to download

Click on the links to download this set of free distance learning resources. You could opt to teach this colour painting programme yourself or book a City Gallery educator to visit your class and teach it as an outreach workshop. Students will learn how to mix colours and experiment with painting techniques to create sections of a painted spectrum. The finished works can be arranged together to create a rainbow frieze to decorate your classroom. A great unit that could link to inquiry topics around migration. 


Activity 1: LOOK at Godwit/Kuaka 30 mins
Look at Godwit/Kuaka then answer the discussion questions and find out more about the artist and artwork. 

Activity 2: MAKE a colour painting inspired by Godwit/Kuaka 1.5 hours
Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a painting exploring colour relationships.  

  • Read through all activities before beginning the programme and adapt according to student age or ability.  
  • Times are approximate and will depend on student age and ability. 
  • Materials required: card or thick paper; brush; acrylic paint – black, warm and cool red, blue, yellow; paint palette or similar. (Materials provided as part of the outreach cost if taught by a City Gallery Educator) 

Godwit/Kuaka was shown at City Gallery Wellington in 2014. 

Share your colour paintings with us! Email pictures to Claire and Helen [email protected] or upload and tag us at @CityGalleryWellington and #CityGalleryWellingtonKids on Instagram.