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5 charts that explain the future of education

This article was posted on the Primary teachers FB page with an emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning skills that will be required - many crossovers with art education.

A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations

Russell Bishop is Professor of Māori Education at the University of Waikato and director of Te Kotahitanga. Russell talks about the need to provide a classroom context where caring and learning relationships paramount to the educational performance of Maori students can be developed.

About Te Kotahitanga

Te Kotahitanga research and professional development project.

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.

Amplifying open-ended questions

Another good resources from the Khan Academy.

Art Rooms: Sites of Empowerment and Success

A study in 70 low decile schools of year 11 visual arts classrooms that shows how teachers' relationships pedagogies and philosophies relate to maximising academic and social learning in their classrooms. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work Volume 1 Issue 1 16-22 2004 Sue Sutherland Auckland College of Education.

Art Teachers and the Creative Revolution

In this one hour webcast with Cindy Foley she addresses STEM - strategies to engage minds,  how we question over answer, ambiguity, idea generation, metacognitive realisation, being a ‘curiosity breeder’ and making thinking visible?

Arts based economy will power creative education article

Arts ‘The empathy instinct’

Peter Bazalgette presents ideas related to his book ‘The Empathy Instinct’ (creating a more civil society) in this half hour video.

Arts, Culture and Empathy

An article by Peter Bazalgette about ‘empathetic citizens’; the links science is making between brain processes, the arts and developing empathy.

Autism Spectrum

Another way of thinking about the autism spectrum.

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’.

Constructing Youth Engagement (PDF 197KB)

This Kansas report (26 pages) contains a review of literature regarding student engagement a list of indicators of engagement the kinds of techniques that artists use to engage students and reasons for why the arts engage students. Interview questions for artists and students are provided in the Appendix.

Copyright - Using Google search tools to avoid violating copyright

Craft in an Age of Change

A report confirms that Scotland’s craft makers continue to be optimistic and adaptable working within a sector that while changing remains healthy robust and contributes income of £70 million to the Scottish economy.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) provides free tools that let authors scientists artists and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

Cultivating Demand for the Arts: Arts Learning Arts Engagement and State Arts Policy

This RAND Corporation report argues that reversing declining participation in the arts will require more and better arts education because those who experience the arts as children are more likely to pursue the arts as adults. The Wallace-commissioned report is the second in a series of four taking a “big picture” look at state arts agencies.

Dance in Stage Musicals

An essay on the history of American musical theatre.

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.

Elwyn Richardson and the early world of creative education in New Zealand

Engaging Boys in the Arts

An article that discusses the problem of the "missing males" in the arts. In studying the cause of this trend it discusses the construction of masculinity in the arts through societal forces including the media school influences peer expectations parental wishes teacher attitudes and texts. It also refers in detail to the nature of stereotypes that prevent boys from participating in the arts.

Essential Steps to Turn Art One Students into Artists

From Hip-Hop to Shakespeare: Dallas Blazes “Coordinated” Trail in Arts Education for City Young People

This Wallace-written feature examines the “Thriving Minds” initiative which aims to improve arts education for Dallas’ children especially the poorest. The effort a response to decades of decline in arts education across urban schools coordinates the work of schools city agencies cultural institutions and other groups involved in arts learning.

Gifted & Talented Online

This New Zealand TKI site has a page for resources relating to The Arts and gifted students.


A video example of how a project in school can also impact on the community.

Guidelines for Publishing Student Work

These are New Zealand Ministry of Education guidelines for schools for the online publication of student images and schoolwork.

How Learning to Draw Has Taught Me How to Live

Brent Eviston discusses his love of drawing and the role of learning through mistakes.

How the Arts Impact Communities (PDF)

This paper prepared for the Taking the Measure of Culture Conference is by Joshua Guetzkow. In it he considers issues that need to be addressed when thinking about and studying how the arts impact communities and provides an introduction to the literature on arts impact studies. Published by Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies 2002.

How to look at a painting

'How to look at a painting' is a book by J. Paton (2005) published by Awa Press Wellington. This accomplished lecturer curator and reviewer brings to art gallery and artist studio experiences fresh insights and delight in accessible language. ISBN: 9780958253888

How to Teach Art to Special Needs Students

This page provides a series of steps designed to help all students including those with special needs to have productive art-making experiences.

ICT and Arts Education - A Literature Review (PDF 650KB)

This literature review was carried out by Merryn Dunmill and Azra Arslanagic of Te Puna Puoru National Centre for Research in Music Education and Sound Arts University of Canterbury in July 2006 for the New Zealand Ministry of Education. The review sought to find Australasian research (and research from other comparative education systems) on the positve impact of ICT on student achievement and teaching in the arts.

In the Early World by Elwyn Richardson - Video

Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning

This summary of Wallace-commissioned research examines efforts to rebuild arts learning for American city children through the coordinated work of schools and other groups. It also explores how more and better arts education could boost demand for the arts.

Incredible India (PDF 1.6MB) (1.60 MB)

This 2007 report from Merryn Dunmill an Asia New Zealand Foundation "Linking Latitudes" conference delegate includes information about the Indian Arts Curriculum and state of education and society in the complex and diverse "many Indias" of today.

Integrated Arts Programme - Arizona

This video and accompanying materials describe and justify an arts-integration programme in primary schools. While the programme relies on visiting arts specialists in the classroom there are ideas and rubrics that could be adapted by generalists.

Intellectual Property in Technology Teaching

Although contextualised in the teaching and learning of Technology the case study materials confidentiality agreements and information about IP and student work on this site are useful and important considerations for arts contexts.

Interdisciplinary Research Lab

Culture Lab - Newcastle is a flagship for Newcastle University's interdisciplinary research and focus for a dynamic hub of networks that engage artists researchers and scientists in contexts ranging from intra-university to international.

Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008 - 2012

Ka Hikitia - Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008 - 2012 is the Ministry of Education's approach to improving the performance of the education system for and with Māori. It is a key aspect of having a quality education system where all students are succeeding and achieving.

Literacy Online

Literacy Online is the New Zealand site to help primary and secondary teachers develop teaching and learning programmes across all learning areas based on the literacy needs of their learners.

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.

New Zealand Arts Strategy

The Arts Strategy 2006-08 is underpinned by the objectives of the Schooling Strategy: Making a Bigger Difference for all Students (www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/schoolingstrategy). The strategy focuses on improved outcomes for teachers and students by ensuring all resources face to face and online support networks are cohesive and effective. It will build on the focused professional development offered to teachers through School Support Services and on published materials that have supported the implementation of The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum.

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.

New Zealand Disability Strategy

The New Zealand Disability Strategy's vision is of a society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people. It provides a framework to guide government agencies making policy and services impacting on disabled people. In taking the lead the Government will do everything possible to influence the attitudes and behaviour of society as a whole. By all New Zealanders considering issues facing people with disabilities and their aspirations New Zealand can become a fully inclusive society.

Oil Painting

This page from Note Access considers methods materials and techniques pigments handbook and professional essays on oil painting.

On Wonder

Sean Foley at the CMA Creativity Summit 2016 This one and a half hour lecture is great PD for Art teachers.

Otis report on the creative economy 2014

Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

The Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017 (PEP) is aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement and achievement from early learning through to tertiary education.The PEP’s vision is to see ‘Five out of five Pasifika learners participating, engaging and achieving in education, secure in their identities, languages and cultures and contributing fully to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing'.

The PEP Implementation Plan 2013-2017 is an overview of the Ministry of Education and Education Partner Agencies’ programmes to achieve the goals and targets of the PEP. It includes the lead agencies, key contacts and links to more information on each programme.

Peter Bazalgette - Arts, Culture and Empathy

Article ‘empathetic citizens’; the links science is making between brain processes, the arts and developing empathy

Peter Bazalgette - The empathy instinct

Video (33 mins) related to his book ‘The Empathy Instinct’ (creating a more civil society)

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.

Promoting Success for Māori Students: ERO 2010 Schools’ Progress Report

This 2010 report evaluates how schools have promoted success for Māori students since ERO’s previous national report in 2006. The success of Māori students at school is a matter of national interest and priority. This 2010 ERO evaluation indicates that not all educators have yet recognised their professional responsibility to provide a learning environment that promotes success for Māori students.

Quotations About Art

A site with inspirational quotes that advocate for the power of art.

Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future

This 2011 report sets out a series of strategies to achieve the over-arching conclusion from this 18-month study. To realise the potential of arts education the report argues for a seamless marriage of arts education strategies with overall educational goals. To accomplish this requires a dynamic collaboration between arts specialists classroom teachers and teaching artists to create creative environments that allow each child to reach his or her potential using all the tools available to reach and engage students in learning.

Recognising the Child Gifted and Talented in Visual Arts

In an effort to clarify what "high performance" means when speaking of children with outstanding talent in the visual arts this web page presents the findings of research by Mary Codd on the behavioural traits and characteristics of visually gifted children's artwork and on the artistic perceptual/cognitive processes of talented students in all of the arts.

Revitalising Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination

In this Wallace-commissioned study RAND researchers describe initiatives in six American cities to reverse a long decline in arts education by coordinating the work of city agencies arts institutions schools and others. These “coordinated efforts” are fragile RAND concludes but show some promise in making more and better arts education available to more city children.

RSA Evidence Champions

The RSA is working with Arts Council Bridge Organisations to champion the role of evidence and evaluation in improving the quality and impact of arts and cultural education.

Secondary Education Portal

Information resources and guidance to support secondary teaching and learning.

Sketchbooks in Schools 2009

Sketchbooks in Schools explored how we can encourage and enable the sustained use of sketchbooks in primary schools to improve creative thought and action across the whole school. The Sketchbooks in Schools Evaluation Report explores key project outcomes and outlines future development of the project. It is available for download free of charge.

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.

Take a Peek Inside The Mind of a Middle Schooler

students are experiencing the greatest brain growth of their lifetime while they’re in our classrooms” a fantastic article with links to useful resources.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa the new Māori curriculum document has been distributed to all Māori-medium schools. The document was launched on 26 September 2008. Explore the online community for Te Kaupapa Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Teaching and Learning Strategies for the Student-Centred Art Room (PDF 551KB)

This article focuses on Teaching and Learning strategies for the student-centred art room - a choice-based approach. The article as seen in the array of images is based on the primary (American) setting but it is relevant for both primary and secondary contexts in New Zealand schools.

Teaching for Creativity: Two Dozen Tips

The Adaptable Mind

The adaptable mind is a great short video on 21st century skills for life.

The Contributions of Learning in the Arts. Part 1: A Review of the Literature

This review of international and New Zealand literature explores the arguments made and evidence for the contribution of participation and/or formal learning in arts disciplines to educational social/cultural and economic outcomes with a key focus on school-aged learners.

The Contributions of Learning in the Arts. Part 2: A Synthesis

This was the second stage of a two-part project carried out for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. The first part comprised a review of New Zealand and international research on the impacts and outcomes of arts learning on a range of educational social economic and other outcomes with a focus on school-aged learners (Bolstad 2010). This synthesis draws and expands on Part 1.

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

The Flip: End of a Love Affair

Flipped classrooms article

The HeART of the Matter

It looks at major changes in New Zealand teaching which began after World War ll.

The Impact of Effective Facilitation on Teaching and Learning in the Arts

This multi-method evaluation investigates the effectiveness of professional development facilitation processes and structures in the arts. The research was carried out during 2005. There is discussion about the impact of the professional development on teachers' knowledge and student achievement in Auckland and Northland regions.

The Impact of the NCEA on Student Motivation

This final report (June 2006) by Victoria University presents results of research carried out for the Ministry of Education. It presents key findings consistent with existing motivation theory and research but also reveals issues specific to NCEA of relevance to school efforts to maximise student motivation and achievement.

The Independence of Government Arts Funding: A Review

Written by Christopher Madden this 2009 report presents a global perspective on independence in government arts support exploring issues such as the ‘arm’s length principle’ and the ‘arts council versus ministry’ debate. It explores arts policy models and frameworks through a neutral lens surveying the incidence of different approaches around the world and summarising expert opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of the main approaches.

The Lament Project

The Centre for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts announces the release of its new online sound/art collaboration called ‘The Lament Project' as part of the 2008 release of Viralnet.net the Centre's online journal and project space.

The Poets Speak of Art

Designed as part of a university English course this site features a range of poems placed alongside the piece of art which inspired them.

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education

Researchers at Harvard’s Project Zero explore the qualities of good K-12 arts programmes and conclude they go beyond “best practices” to include consideration of the goals of arts education such as aesthetic awareness and personal growth.

The song of the bird

Elwyn Richardson and others discuss Oruaiti 14mins.

The suprising habits of original thinkers

A TED talk where“Psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world”.

The Tate Movie Project

The Tate Movie Project is an animated film made by and for children. The Tate Movie Project is a uniquely ambitious project using great artworks to inspire 5-13 year olds to contribute their ideas to an animated movie.

The Visual Arts in Canada: A Synthesis and Critical Analysis of Recent Research

This study is the first comprehensive assessment of the state of research knowledge of the visual arts in Canada cataloguing over 550 Canadian studies and a further 315 studies done abroad.

Tikanga Examples

 Resource kit for student teachers but useful for all.

Tikanga Maori Values

Tikanga and Maori values incorporated into physical education.

Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi website provides a great deal of information. There are all sorts of very good drama pre-texts here. ‘Quotes’ – what were people saying about the events surrounding the treaty? 128 biographies of key people in treaty history booklets case studies and a timeline.

Tsang Tsou Choi - A vision from the Margins

A Vision from the Margins. Asian Art News. Vol 13 No. 2. March April 2003 (pp 4849). A marginalised Hong Kong resident Choi uses traditional calligraphy in a non traditional way. He seeks to make his mark on his community and not to make art works. His work is mostly meaningless but randomly includes names of his ancestors. With this abstraction of meaningful language he sidesteps for Westeners the dilemma of not being able to read a work and makes therefore the examination of formal qualities more accessible.

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.

UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education

This document is designed to promote a common understanding among all stakeholders of the importance of Arts Education and its essential role in improving the quality of education. It endeavours to define concepts and identify good practices in the field of Arts Education. In terms of its practical aspects it is meant to serve as an evolving reference document which outlines concrete changes and steps required to introduce or promote Arts Education in educational settings (formal and non-formal) and to establish a solid framework for future decisions and actions in this field.

Visual Arts Learning Progression and Assessment Methods (Word 283KB) (222.50 kB)

This resource kit accompanies the paper "Developing A Progression of Student Learning for the Visual Arts".

Visual Thinking Improves Writing

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

Weaving with New Zealand Flax

Ali Brown's site encompasses tutoring in the selection preparation dyeing and creative use of flax to make kete and other products. She also offers workshops reviews of publications and links to support further learning.

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential

Why is teaching kids to draw not a more important part of the curriculum?

Why Med Schools are Requiring Art Classes

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

Working With Clay and Using Glazes

For detailed and image-filled discussion from recognized ceramic artist Brian Gartside on various aspects of ceramics. The information is informally presented quite technical and detailed but highly practical and applicable. The information comes from articles Brian wrote for the "New Zealand Potter" magazine that describe easy and low-tech methods for glazing and clay formulation.

Yantra for Mahana (PDF 391KB) (390.22 kB)

Yantra for Mahana 2006 by Marte Szirmay is a massive iron sculpture erected at the entrance of the Woollaston Estates art landscape in Nelson late in 2006. This downloadable pdf includes an explanatory artist’s statement and a range of photos detailing the work’s erection and various views of the sculpture in situ (kindly provided by courtesy of the artist).


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’. 

Creative Confidence

David Kelly - building creative confidence universally beneficial and increases the appreciation for creative thinking (he did a TED talk about this too).

Do you have a wandering mind?

How Colour Blindness Might Affect an Art Student

How we teach the arts is as important as the fact we're doing it

Michael Rosen shares his checklist for how teachers can ensure that arts education is worthwhile for all students.

New Zealanders and the arts 2014 - Attitudes, attendance and participation in 2014

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.

Teacher Toolkit - 5 Minute Wellbeing Plan

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

Teacher Toolkit - 5 Miunute Workload Plan

The Qualities of Quality – Understanding Excellence in Arts Education

Written by Steve Seidel, Shari Tishman, Ellen Winner, Lois Hetland and Patricia Palmer, it is based on a study conducted in the US during 2006-2007 by Project Zero, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation and published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education – the home of Project Zero.

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. 

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