Welcome to Arts Online

Te Kete Ipurangi Navigation:

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi user options:

Back to the 'Jump link' navigation, at the top of the page

Professional readings


Art History

10 Amazing Data Visualizations of Creativity and Art History

A Brief History of Graffiti and Creativity

Sometimes it makes us laugh, sometimes it makes us think, and sometimes it is downright offensive. But what can graffiti past and present tell us about human creativity?

Ako - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of ako in arts classrooms. Ako involves reciprocal shared learning in the classroom and beyond.

Can An Algorithm Determine Art History’s Most Creative Paintings?

How Art History is viewed as a ‘soft subject’ in English universities and axed from A levels

How Nuns have Shaped the World of Art History

For Renaissance nuns with a creative bent, convent life was not a problem—it was a creative solution. Many prospective nuns came from wealthy households and had some education; nunneries extracted women from the domestic responsibilities of marriage and motherhood, freeing them to further pursue their studies and even artistic careers.’

Manaakitanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of manaakitanga in arts classrooms. Mannaakitanga is about values of integrity trust sincerity and equity. Through manaakitanga the teacher and fellow students recognise and affirm the identity of each student in open and trusting relationships.

National Gallery of Art Online

This site provides an interactive approach to understanding elements and principles. Choose a tour by school of art or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting sculpture works on paper photographs and decorative arts.

Pigments in Paintings – How artists have coloured our lives

Visit this website to explore the fascinating history of colour in paintings. Learn about the symbolism of colour in art and read all about pigments from the earthy days of cave painting to the synthetics of modern-day art.

Pigments Through the Ages

This site covers exhibits relating to the art of painting and includes information about the most important pigments used through time.

Rewriting Art History

 Addressing the cultural and racial bias found in the art world and seen in museums.

Some People Can See Sound, or Taste Colour. Does It Make Them More Creative?

What if you could visualize the crescendo of an orchestra as a barrage of colour and texture, like something out of the Disney movie Fantasia? Or if observing a rippling stream caused your brain to reverberate with the musical notes of a cello? This is something of what life can be like for those who experience synesthesia, a condition in which two or more senses are coupled together.

Success for Boys

This New Zealand Ministry of Education website is intended to help teachers build on existing practice to create opportunities for all boys to succeed.

Teaching and Learning Art History – A creative approach

Teaching Art History Online

Collaborative and Individual Virtual Exhibition projects.

The Artsy Podcast, No. 76: How Is the Internet Impacting Creativity and the Arts?

In some instances, we’re constantly fending off distraction; on the other, the internet has created amazing new tools for viewing art and helping artists get their work funded.

The Enduring and Engaging Qualities of Learning art History

The Saving Graces of Art History

The Way We Talk about Art Shouldn’t be Impossible to Understand

‘Like all jargon, impenetrable art jargon limps on by convincing impressionable people that obscurity is a sign of intelligence and sophistication—a proposition that sounds ridiculous once you give it more than a moment’s thought.’

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners is a new resource explaining the progression of the competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori. Tātaiako has been developed to help all educators think about what it takes to successfully teach Māori learners. It provides a guide to the development of cultural competence for teachers themselves for their employers and for Initial Teacher Education providers and providers of on-going teacher professional development.

Writing about Art

The Different Components that are explored in writing about art works.


Are you a Visual thinker?

Changing Assessment : How four simple words can solve education’s biggest problem

A TED talk by Mark Barnes discussing approaches to assessment and how to include the student voice in a ‘beautiful conversation’. 

Creatives New Zealand

Creative New Zealand have recently published their findings after a three-year study looking at our attendance, attitudes and participation in the Arts. This three-yearly research began in 2005 and was repeated in 2008, 2011 and 2014. It delivers on-going information to the arts sector about New Zealanders’ level of involvement in, and attitudes towards, the arts.

Do you have a wandering mind?

How Colour Blindness Might Affect an Art Student

Teacher Toolkit - 5 Minute Wellbeing Plan

Devised for 'guilty teachers' to manage work/life balance. 

Teacher Toolkit - 5 Miunute Workload Plan

Visual Thinking Improves Writing

Encouraging writing through 'life journals' comic strips and drawing. 

Why do we keep creative people out of leadership roles?

Creatives as leaders - short article by David Burkus.

Why Med Schools are Requiring Art Classes

An article about the relationship between the arts, clinical observation and maintaining empathy in the medical profession. 

Back to the 'Jump link' navigation, at the top of the page