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Case Study F: Our Land - Our Place - Our School

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A time-based art, digital photography project from year 8 at Cashmere Primary School

Focus - The Visual Arts and ICT

Cashmere Primary School is a "State" co-educational primary school catering for children aged 5 to 13 years (New Entrants to Year 8). The school is situated on the outskirts of the city in the suburb of Cashmere on the Port Hills overlooking the city. There are 400 - 450 children on the roll with 18 teachers, 3 part time teachers, 5 teachers' aides, 2 office staff and a caretaker. It would be easy to be distracted by the views from the school. The panorama extends from Pegasus Bay in the north to the Southern Alps in the west and to Mt Hutt towards the south as well as overlooking the major part of urban Christchurch.

Julie Calder, classroom generalist teacher, undertook to participate in the ICT and Arts professional development programme offered in 2006. Having participated in visual arts professional development in 2005, Julie was keen to focus on this arts discipline in her project, with the expert support of Helen Moore, the visual arts advisor (and National Facilitator for Primary Visual Arts in 2006).

Julie's year 8 class explored the use of digital cameras in a new area of study for Julie - Time-Based Art. The Ministry of Education resource (DVD) Time-Based Art was to prove invaluable in the development of the unit of work and provided professional insight into the work of artists in this field of study.

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