In the exhibition Nekenekehia Tukua, Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith imagines a world where toi Māori and hoahoa Māori (Māori art and design) is resourced, nurtured and visible throughout Aotearoa, using the materials of our 21st Century world.  What would our country look like if Māori art and design created our buildings, structures, clothing, tools, boats, toys?  Toi Māori changes and evolves, but is always recognisable due to traditional design elements.   These shapes and symbols are taonga created by ancestors, carefully handed down through generations.   

In this lesson students will find design elements within the treasures of Te Takapou Whāriki, the Māori gallery, before exploring the Nekenekehia Tukua exhibition.  They will seek out the same elements in WharehokaSmith's work, and notice the way he moulds and plays with them to make murals and large scale building structures.  After playing with the building blocks, rods and stencils at the exhibition’s activity tables, students will choose a design element or shape to create a pattern for their own mural.

Walk through immersive experience, with hands-on interactives, including new 3D artworks that will provide students with new learning experiences in the Social Sciences and Visual Arts fields of learning within the New Zealand Curriculum.

Puke Ariki Museum
Term 3 and 4
1 hour and 15 minutes
Free for Taranaki schools, $5 per students for schools outside of Taranaki
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