Rachel Fox, Public Programmes Coordinator at City Gallery Wellington, contacted ELP Wellington centre to invite our classes for a guided tour and morning tea at Wellington City Art Gallery.
Her aim was to encourage a wider audience into the gallery so our Central City English Language Group decided the offer of a personal tour AND morning tea was too hard to resist!
The gallery is only a short walk from our classroom and one sunny morning the class and their teacher Sarka headed there. Some surprises were in store for the learners as their expectations, if any, were quite different from their own experiences of art galleries. The City Gallery exhibits mainly modern art and all the current artists exhibiting were New Zealanders.
As the saying goes ‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’ and so the reactions to the artworks were very diverse and interesting! Some of the art was seen as appealing, fascinating, brilliant, enchanting, magic or quite unique. Others thought it was boring, messy, absurd and shocking but during morning tea the art stimulated lots of discussion about the different types of art and the way it is exhibited in other countries.
A follow up lesson was partly inspired by the huge one word art works on display as the class brainstormed many different words to describe what they saw and then discovered the meaning and context for these words. Thanks so much to the gallery for hosting us and our other classes are keen to take up this valuable opportunity to have a personalised art tour!
ENGLISH LANGUAGE GROUPS
- 2-4 hours per week
- Learn Kiwi English in a class
- Learn about New Zealand culture
- Go on day trips
- Meet other people in your community
- Qualified teachers
- Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.
- In all centres