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One Coast – Two Views

Episode:67Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Tony Mackle gives us an insight into Nicholas Chevalier's painting of Cook Strait.

Questions for students

  1. What made Te Papa interested in the oil painting?
  2. What idea was the painting meant to communicate? Explain how local councils 150 years ago used New Zealand landscape paintings. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to compare this with modern ways of achieving the same result.
  3. What were the constraints or limitations on an artist travelling by carriage or horseback? What impact would this have on the materials and methods an artist could use?
  4. How important is it for artists to represent a scene the way they see it? What if their vision is different to what a photograph would show? Discuss the concepts of 'realism' or 'authenticity' in art.
  5. Artists produce works for many different purposes and audiences. Is there any difference between work done purely to explore an artist's ideas and work done for a commercial purpose? Can all art works be judged in the same way, no matter what purpose they serve? Why do you think that?

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