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Have you ever wondered what art looks like through a child’s eyes, or wished you could still see it as children do?
Te Papa’s kids’ audio guide, Tell Me a Picture, was made by children for children. But kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy the fascinating, funny, and poignant perspectives it offers.
The stars are students in years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7) of Crofton Downs Primary School in Wellington. Encouraged by Helen Lloyd, former Senior Education Programmer at Te Papa, they shared their responses to art works featured in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, which showcases the national collection.
The children were prompted to look carefully at the art and describe what they could see. Then, using all their senses, they went on imaginative journeys into the works and told stories inspired by them.
Their enchanting interpretations remind us that art is for everyone, that it holds infinite meanings, and that we are bound only by our imaginations.
Have a listen. Have a look.
Tips from Helen Lloyd, a Senior Educator at Te Papa.
Further reading: The New Zealand Art Activity Book
Carmen, aged 6, talks about Maori women and children on riverbank by Gottfried Lindauer:
Isaac, aged 7, and Manon, aged 6, talk about The family by Paratene Matchitt:
Carmen, aged 6, Josh, aged 6, and Mika, aged 5, talk about The poet by Gordon Walters:
Isaac, aged 7, Connor, aged 5, Josh, aged 6, and Emily, aged 7, talk about Figures in landscape by Jeffrey Harris:
Zoe, aged 6, and Sophia, aged 5, talk about Rutu by Rita Angus:
Connor, aged 5, talks about Landscape with settlers by Messenger Sisters:
Isaac, aged 6, and Isaac, aged 7, talk about A bush settler’s home in New Zealand by Samuel Stuart:
Zoe, aged 6, talks about Girl in a bush setting by an unknown artist:
Sofia, aged 5, talks about Orakei Korako on the Waikato by Charles Blomfield: