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Units and Sequences

  • Making Comment as They Make Art: Senior Visual Arts and The New Zealand Curriculum (2007)

    These three senior Visual Arts units integrate new aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum 2007 with learning sequences, tasks, and assessment opportunities associated with NCEA Achievement Standards.

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  • Level 1: A Guide to Presenting a Two Panel Folio

    The Level 1 NCEA external exam now requires a folio of two boards. This resource offers suggested guidelines and visual examples of what a two panel submission might look like. It has been compiled by Di Smallfield and Jeff Lockhart from work supplied by a number of teachers and students.

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  • Clay Sculpture – Relationships

    A unit plan related to the Ministry of Education's resource series Exploring the Visual Arts Years 1-6. (level 2)

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  • Visual Artists are Gifted/Talented Too!

    This material aims to provide supporting information to help with the identification of children who are gifted/talented in the visual arts, and to suggest some ways that these children can be nurtured in the classroom. (levels 1 - 4)

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  • Relief Modelling in Dough – Native Birds

    A unit plan that teaches students to learn how to focus on bird shape and texture through drawing. They use their drawings to inform the creation of low-relief dough sculpture bird shapes. The malleability of the dough enables them to work and rework ways of creating form and textures. (level 2)

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  • Creating Rangoli

    This unit explores Indian Rangoli designs. Rangoli is a popular floor art form from India in which designs are created using variously coloured powders. Traditional patterns are often symmetrical and geometric and usually created by Indian women on the ground in front of their houses for Hindu festivals. (levels 1 - 2)

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  • Planning Overviews for the Visual Arts

    Helpful guidance on planning which builds on learning from previous years with a sample plan for years 3-4. (levels 2 - 3)

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  • Three-year Overview for the Visual Arts

    A three-year long-term plan which uses the approach to planning that is process/media-based. The resource is organised under the three groups of processes - core processes, focus processes, and cross-curricula processes. (levels 1 - 3)

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  • Kay George Unit Plan: Pattern and Colour

    A painting unit based on the work of artist Kay George. The four-session unit teaches students to create paint-on-paper artworks in response to the fabric artworks of Kay George and using patterns and shapes derived from nature by a variety of cultures from around the world. (level 4)

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