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Cloud by John Reynolds

Episode:1Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts:Developing Ideas Communicating and Interpreting

Description:This arresting artwork is a huge number of Kiwi words, floating above the viewer. And crikey, mate, it's a pretty fair job getting over 7,000 canvases in a gallery. Note: This artwork is not on display anymore.

Questions for students

  1. The presenter makes an analogy or comparison to show how the art work is like a cloud. Explain what he means using your own words.
  2. Why does the artist use language to express his ideas? What features of the language tell you this is a New Zealand art work? Write down some of the expressions Reynolds used and explain them in your own words.
  3. Compare Reynolds' art with another work you've seen. How are they alike? How are they different? Make a comment about your response to Cloud.
  4. Have you ever used words in art? Describe some ideas that you could develop, based on what you've seen in this Tale. Use the 'Ideas' response template to map your ideas.
  5. What questions would you want to ask the artist or the curator after watching this Tale?

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