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Episode 91
Recycled Plastic Art

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Ideas
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-4


Questions for students:

1. Why did people coming to New Zealand from other Pacific countries start to use plastics in their art work? Describe some of the materials they might have used traditionally. Why would they choose to use plastics instead?

2. What do you think the items seen in this Tale were used for? What can you tell about the contexts in which they were made?

3. What other art forms use recycled materials? What can you find out about the artist's reason for choosing to use recycled materials?

4. Evaluate the skill and artistry that has gone into making the items shown in this Tale. Do they belong in a museum like Te Papa? Why do you think that?

5. What ideas does this Tale give you for your own art? Use the 'Ideas' response template to develop some ideas based on using recycled materials.

Related links 
Recycled plastic poulou (hat)
Plastic art
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Ideas
 
Episode 92
Art of the Haka

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context; Communicating and Interpreting
Suggested curriculum levels: 4-7


Questions for students:

1. What does the haka 'Ka Mate' mean to you? Explain the connections between an All Blacks' rugby game, a haka, Te Rauparaha and the painting 'Whiti te ra'.

2. What does the artist portray in the painting 'Whiti te ra'? How does he do this? What is your evaluation of the painting?

3. The presenter says that Para Matchitt was one of the earliest contemporary Maori artists. What does this mean? What do you know about the other artists mentioned who were working at the same time as Matchitt?

4. To what extent do movements in the arts reflect social or political changes? Use the 'Key questions' response template to pose questions about the context in which this painting was created. Use a range of sources to find out what was happening in New Zealand at the time the painting was made. Why were Maori artists breaking away from traditional Maori art forms at the time?

5. What influences your art work? Do you consciously try to reflect the social or political world around you in your work? Identify the contexts in which you work and consider how your art work reflects those contexts.

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Key questions
 
Episode 93
3D Photography

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections:  English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Communicating and Interpreting
Suggested curriculum levels: 4-7


Questions for students:

1. What problem does 3D photography solve? Is this a problem you have encountered in your own work? If so, how have you solved it?

2. How does 3D photography help Te Papa present and communicate to visitors and researchers the meanings of items in its collections?

3. Describe the process the photographer uses to make a 3D image from an art work.

4. What does viewing a 3D image of the object in this Tale remind you of? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record the connections you can make between this and similar uses of technology in art. What conclusions can you draw about the ways in which technology helps artists to communicate ideas?

5. Will technology like this ever replace real displays in museums? Would it be a good thing if it did? Why do you think that?

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Connections and conclusions


Episode 94
Ultimate Insects!

From Tales from Te Papa: Natural Environment episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Science: Nature of Science; Living World
Suggested curriculum levels: 3-5


Questions for students:

1. Watch the Tale again and note any unfamiliar words or phrases. Examples could include 'going bush', 'pioneer naturalist', 'meticulous' and 'campaigner'. Use the 'Words' response template to record and explore these words.

2. What did George Hudson collect? In what time period did he do his collecting? Why is his collection important?

3. What are the key ideas in this Tale? What ideas are interesting but not really important? What do the interesting ideas add to your understanding of Hudson as a person?

4. Hudson's grandson says that Hudson did not consider himself a scientist. From what you know about the nature of science, do you think he was a scientist? Why do you think that?

5. How did Hudson organise his collection? What would he need to have known about insects to organise his collection like this? What scientific principles was he using?

Related links 
Insect Collection
G V Hudson Collection
Natural Environment Collection
Natural Environment Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Words


Episode 95
Letter No 1

From Tales from Te Papa: History collection episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Continuity and Change; Economic World
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-5


Questions for students:

1. What are the main points of difference between email and the present postal system, or 'snail mail'? Use the 'Comparisons' response template to show what is the same and what is different. Make a comment about your comparisons.

2. Identify three factors that have changed over time with the postal system, not including digital technology. Which change has had the biggest impact on communication? Why do you think that?

3. What impact do you think faster postal services had on trade between New Zealand and the rest of the world before the advent of modern technology? What kind of transactions would have been directly affected?

4. Part of early postage costs between New Zealand and other countries had to be paid on delivery. Why do you think this was? Find out how this problem was resolved.

5. What do you know about the currency used in New Zealand before 1967? Research the history of this currency. Explain why New Zealand began using decimal currency.

Related links 
New Zealand Post Collection
History Collection
History Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Comparisons
 
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