Adornment and Identity – years 7–13 education visit

Explore identity through adornment – and create a digital collage to express your own identity.

This is a Hīnātore programme

  • Learning areas and strands Visual Arts, Technology, English, Art History, Social Sciences
  • 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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How do we adorn ourselves and why? Can adornment express our identity and help to tell our stories?

Using art works in our new galleries, we focus on examples of adornment, from 19th-century portraits to contemporary dress and jewellery by the Pacific Sisters collective and Lisa Walker.

In Hīnātore, our learning lab, students adorn themselves with both paper and digital collages using art works from Te Papa’s collection. They create a portrait of themselves wearing a unique piece of adornment that represents their identity and illustrates their connections to the world.

Teenagers looking at Pacific fashion


Looking at garments made by the Pacific Sisters, 2018. Photo by Kate Whitley. Te Papa