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Version date: 13 June 2012
Key changes: Version 2
Subject facilitator email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This teaching and learning guide describes:
This guide provides a comprehensive elaboration of the arts learning area including the disciplines of dance, drama, music – sound arts, visual arts, and art history.
It sets out:
Teaching of the arts is guided by the National Curriculum which is made up of two documents - The New Zealand Curriculum for English-medium schools and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for Māori-medium schools.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to both documents.
Teachers of the arts recognise and affirm the principles of the treaty, our bicultural heritage, the multicultural nature of New Zealand, and our place in the Pacific. They address the needs of every student in all circumstances.
The arts learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum affirms the identity of akonga (learners) and places them at the centre of all teaching and learning. The curriculum vision, values, principles, and key competencies are integral to the planning and delivery of arts programmes.
The arts learning area now includes art history as a discipline and specifically within visual arts. (Previously, the strands of Understanding Context and Communicating Ideas alluded to art appreciation and history of art as a context and as an aspect of visual literacy.)
Learning in visual arts engages conceptual thinking, problem solving, generating, and process-based actions. Art history explores and investigates art in relation to theoretical concepts or positions. The links between visual art and art history are now more explicit and valued in The New Zealand Curriculum.
The Ngā Toi learning area of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa celebrates and acknowledges the skills and knowledge of the past, and empowers and challenges the thinking of the now and the future.
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Last updated May 6, 2013