At Home at War
In the lead up to the centennial anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Navy Museum worked with five local schools to create artworks inspired by the stories of New Zealanders, on the front and at home. In each school we delivered four workshops, designed to guide students through the process of putting on an art exhibition in our museum.
In the Object Handling Workshop, we challenged students to make cultural and temporal leaps through First World War artifacts from the Navy Museum Collections. Students asked themselves questions like, “What was life like in New Zealand during the First World War? How did the war shape New Zealanders’ identities?”
In the Techniques Workshop, we introduced fabric art techniques that students used in their art.
Individually, each student created an artwork that explored an aspect of New Zealanders' lives during the Great War. Collectively, the whole class then brought the pieces together to create one finished work that will be on display in our temporary galleries from August to November this year.
Students learned to work collaboratively, problem solve together, and ultimately how to put on a real-life art exhibition. Their teachers were their project managers.
The Navy Museum has had the pleasure of working with 278 students from the following schools on this project.
Papatoetoe High School
Manurewa High School
St. Cuthbert’s College
St. Mary’s College