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Reviewed resources

This section contains links to resources for teaching the Arts across all the disciplines. The links are arranged alphabetically.


Art History

Art Copyright Explained

Art History Resources on the Web

Historical Information on various countries and time period.

Arts Curriculum Teaching and Learning Guides for Senior Secondary

These New Zealand Curriculum guides provide comprehensive elaborations of the arts learning area including the disciplines of dance drama music – sound arts visual arts and art history. Pedagogies indicators context elaborations and learning progammes support underpinning key concepts. All materials strongly support arts teaching and learning in each discipline at curriculum levels 6 - 8 (NCEA).

Auckland Museum - Education Resources

Access an array of education kits designed to support teachers with information activities and ideas for visiting the museum. Resources also include pre-visit and post-visit activities. Though based on the Auckland Museum many of the kits contain material that would be useful to teachers elsewhere in the country. Of particular note are the kits on Maori Arts including kowhaiwhai and tukutuku patterns whakairo and more.

Damien Hirst Show Sparks Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Disabilities Resource Centre

We are totally committed to positively impacting the lives of elderly and people with disabilities.

Dutch Still Life - Dark Secrets Behind Exotic Delicacies

The Dutch Golden Age led to a tremendous outpouring of still-life paintings in the 17th century. Since then, critics have generally belonged to two opposing schools of thought when it comes to interpreting them.

E-Flux Visual Arts Network

International Art History network.

Getty Centre: Resources for Teachers

This site is focused on helping teachers develop programmes of study. While it’s based on the Getty’s collection and American education system the information is easily transferable. The Building Visual Arts Lessons is divided into a number of sections including discussion of Elements of Art which looks at formal qualities in relation to images. Information is developed for practical classroom use and teachers can search lesson plans.

History of Colours in Art

How Art Survives Under Authoritarianism

How Japan Has Inspired Western Artists from Impressionism to Today

Japanese art has long been a source of fascination and inspiration for Western artists. From the 17th century onwards, Dutch imports of East Asian objets d’art created a frenzy among wealthy Europeans for exotic silks, ceramics, and other treasures.

How Photography Became the Hottest New Investment Choice

If You Don’t Understand Conceptual Art, It’s Not Your Fault

International Gothic Style

Selection of images and essays about the art style and time period.

Level 3 Context Resources (24.43 kB)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

A vast site. Probably the most useful for Art History teachers is the Timeline of Art History a chronological geographical and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world. Each timeline page includes representative art from the Museum's collection a chart of time periods a map of the region an overview and a list of key events. The user can compare and contrast art from different periods and geographic locations.

NZ History of Photography Timeline

This timeline from 1841 - 2010 gives details of the development of photography in New Zealand while also making reference to international events within photography.

NZQA Resources for Art History

This link will take you to the NZQA art history resource site. This is a one stop site which contains achievement and scholarship standardsprevious examinations National Moderator's Reports Examiners reports and useful links to sites like TKI. Long term development includes the provision of annotated exemplars from previous exams. The previous examination reports contain information which will be useful for teachers preparing students for the upcoming external assessment.

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.

The Artchive

Virtual gallery of classic and contemporary painting, sculpture, as well as art critique, reviews, and links.

The Getty Museum

Collections of art works and research from the Getty Museum.

The history of the use of blue in art

The Most Iconic Artists of All Time

Looks at the most prominent artists from each the art movements over time that have changed the face of art and challenged ideas during their lifetimes and beyond.

The Practical Beginner’s Guide to Art History – Movement by Movement

Explore each art movement with a concise description plus key artists and art works. Great resource for both teachers and students as an introduction to the history of art.

Unravelling the Mystery of Avant-Garde Art


Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland involves students in five arts disciplines: Dance Drama Media Music and Visual Arts. This site contains information on Arts Curriculum Support Policies and Procedures Arts Programmes and Arts Resources.

Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato supports the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community. We can help with information, advice, support and funding for your arts or cultural project. The Waikato has a thriving and distinctive creative sector and our communities treasure its essential contribution to our lives. Our purpose is to strengthen, develop and invigorate the creative sector in the Waikato for the benefit of all.

Education and Disability Resource Center

Use this British education site as a reference tool for various issues in education that affect the entire community- Including Job Tips Neurological Developmental & Learning Disabilties Salary Statistics SATs Classroom Management Home Schooling Lesson Plans Bullying ADD Student Loans and Articles in Education.

Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plans - Arts

The Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plan Collection contains more than 1000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC by teachers from all over the United States. This page is focused on the Arts.

Exploring Te Ao Kori

Te Ao Kori (the world of movement) is a Māori celebration of life through movement and its many expressions. This resource describes learning experiences derived from customary Māori cultural practices and integrates the arts with health and physical education.

Figure Drawing Lab

A useful and comprehensive guide to drawing the human figure from the University of Evansville Indianna.


Register to find information about past and upcoming arts virtual field trips. Registration and enrolment in all trips is free for New Zealand registered teachers teaching in New Zealand schools.

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.

New Zealand Curriculum Resource Bank

This tool organises resources and information that support professional learning and leadership as schools implement The New Zealand Curriculum. There is a selection of resources for The Arts in this database.

Secondary Education Portal

Information resources and guidance to support secondary teaching and learning.

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.

Tangata whenuatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Tangata whenuatanga represents place-based socio-cultural awareness and knowledge of the whenua or land we come from.

Theatrical Resources: Music Theatre International

This site provides resources to go with many of the most well-known shows like Fame Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. The study guides explore issues that are pertinent to the era and themes of the shows. A great resource for teachers who want to use the school show as an assessment tool.

Tino rangatiratanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of tino rangatiratanga in arts classrooms. Tino rangatiratanga is the principle of relative autonomy – the goal is to gain relative control over one's own life and cultural well-being.

Unravelling the Mystery of Avant-Garde Art

Whanaungatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of whanaungatanga in arts classrooms. Whanaungatanga involves relationships (between students school-wide and with the community) based on high expectations.

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