Shaping Abstraction – secondary education visit

  • Learning areas and strands Visual Arts, Art History, English
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 2.5 hours in total, covering both sites
  • Suitable for Years 7-13
  • Next available 29 April – 28 July 2019
  • Cost $6.50
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View and discuss abstraction with a visit to Eva Rothschild: Kosmos at City Gallery and Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa and Te Papa.

Students will examine a wide variety of materials, techniques, and processes, and increase their visual literacy by examining the formal properties of works ranging from large scale sculpture to a room filled with changing coloured light.

At City Gallery, students will look at the work of Eva Rothschild who uses a range of processes such as casting, construction, painting, and carving to create her forms. Influenced by minimal art of the 1960s and 1970s, her works explore the formal language of sculpture including form, shape, colour, structure, and scale.

At Te Papa students will explore how a wide range of artists have explored pattern, shape and colour both within the Pacific and beyond. On display are abstract works created using rose petals, balloons, drips of paint and light.



Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa installation, 2018. Photo by Maarten Holl. Te Papa (105343)