Portraits and Identity – years 7–13 education visit

Explore digital identity using innovative technologies and Te Papa's collections.

Hīnātore is heavily booked this term! Book now for term 4.

  • Learning areas and strands English, Visual Arts, Technology, Art History
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Suitable for Years 7–13
  • Next available Available
  • Cost $6.50 per student. Free for teachers and parent helpers
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What does a portrait tell us about a person? And how do we manipulate images of ourselves to tell different stories?

Digital Identities enables students to explore themes of identity as they create their own artworks connected to Te Papa’s collections, while learning about copyright and creative commons.

Learners view, sample, remix, and make composited digital art combining art, photographs, and objects in the collections, with their own self-portrait photography.

We'll start by looking at portraits in the collection, from Rembrandt to Lisa Reihana via Rita Angus and consider the different ways these artists have explored identity through their art making.

Afterwards, students will use innovative technologies (including a green screen) to create a collage that places themselves within an artwork from Te Papa's collection.

Between 17 Aug and 2 Nov 2018, this session can be delivered in a new exhibition co-created with teenagers from Wellington High School. In this exhibition, images of misfits and outcasts are explored through the works of renowned New Zealand artist Tony Fomison.

More information about Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark

Students using green screen technology


Students using green screen technology, 2017. Photograph by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa