Junior Arts

Junior Arts offers a series of engaging 50-minute workshops for Year 9 and 10 students that draw on content developed by leading University of Auckland academics.

Junior Arts visits Auckland Grammar

Junior Arts workshops prioritise skillsets embedded within Faculty of Arts programmes, and will be delivered in your classes by postgraduate Arts students.

If you would like one of the Junior Arts workshops to be delivered in one of your classes, please contact Junior Arts coordinator, Monique Warder on juniorarts@auckland.ac.nz. Please indicate which workshop(s) would work well in your classroom, as well as dates and times that fit within your teaching schedule.

Hack to the future

Set in 2020, when life has been discovered on Mars, this activity will be based around an election in New Zealand. In this scenario, the New Zealand voting system has been hacked by citizens of Mars. In groups, students will have to use clues to ascertain if they are black hat hackers, grey hat hackers or white hat hackers. They will also use the clues provided to ascertain why their group has hacked the New Zealand elections and which type of hackers they are representing. Using prompt worksheets, students will problem solve and speculate about how the media might cover their hacking and what this means for society. This will enable a discussion about decision making and risk revolving around motivations for hacking as well as a general debate on the social construction of crime.

Skillset: Digital literacy and problem solving

Affiliated subject: Criminology

The secret art of music videos

Increasingly we live in a world that is saturated by images and visual information. Being able to read and understand images and their references across a range of media and platforms is crucial in articulating ideas and communicating effectively. This workshop offers students the opportunity to identify and understand the ways that musicians and producers are influenced by and reference art in popular music videos. Pop music and videos offer a familiar and engaging point of departure for students to explore and come up with their own visual analyses of sequences and moments in videos by Drake, R.E.M., Rihanna, Kimbra and Jay-Z, among others. They will learn how music videos reference street art, Renaissance and Baroque paintings and their symbolism, Abstraction and Performance Art.

Skillset: Visual literacy and visual culture

Affiliated subject: Art History

My village/my kainga

Writing and language is at its most exciting when it is able to make readers, receivers and/or audiences enter into the world of the storyteller/orator. In this workshop, students can expect to be challenged to delve deeper into poetry through simple exercises that effectively allow one to piece together their story. By the end of this workshop, students can expect to have skeletons of poems that they can then develop into spoken word poems or re-purpose into another poetic form. Furthermore, students will have time to reflect on language's ability to bring their individual history and/or collective histories to the forefront.

Skillset: Communication and presentation skills

Affiliated subject: English

Settlers of the Pacific

The Pacific was the last region of Earth settled by humans. Part of this journey involved remarkable feats of ocean voyaging by Polynesian groups. Set 1,000 years ago when these groups voyaged to settle this last frontier, students will engage in a strategy based game to 'settle the Pacific'. In teams, students will work in teams to gather resources, select voyagers, travel, settle a new community, and sustain their community. Along the way, they will learn how anthropologists piece together information to understand this process.

Skillset: Team work and decision making

Affiliated subject: Anthropology

What's hidden in arguments?

Every day, people offer arguments to support their viewpoints and decisions, but they seldom fill in all the steps of those arguments.  These missing, unspoken steps are known as 'suppressed' premises, without which the arguments will not work. Interestingly, the unspoken premises are quite often either dubious or controversial. In this workshop students will be introduced to the task of identifying, and then questioning, suppressed premises.

Skillset: Critical thinking

Affiliated subject: Philosophy

Between the lines: Creative nonfiction

This workshop will engage students in aspects of nonfiction and poetry. Students will write responding to prompts about a beach, or a river, or a lake they know well. These will help them traverse old and new memories, associations and journeys. Students will then be asked to order their fragments to create a story. The aim is to address the importance of setting, and all that it offers, as well as the possibilities of the narrative arc. This is an exercise that demonstrates the freedom and language play inherent to poetry, and it shows students that the materials for poems are all around us. Together, these tasks will demystify the writing process and teach them about responsiveness, flexibility, the importance of curiosity and experimentation.

Skillset: Nonfiction writing and creativity

Affiliated subject: English