Adornment and Identity

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

  • 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 and objects, we focus on examples of adornment, from lace and moko in 19th-century portraits to necklaces and costumes from around the Pacific.

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.



School visit, 2018. Te Papa