Come Alive!

Spark your students’ creativity with a visit to MTG’s social history and visual arts galleries. Book an educator-led drama programme inspired by objects or artworks on display, or a free self-guided visit to inspire students' creative writing, drama or dance back at school.

Date Ongoing
Duration 1.5 hours
Years Years 4 - 8
Cost Primary students $2.50, accompanying adults free. Self-guided visits free.
Venue MTG Hawke's Bay
Learning Areas Social Sciences, Arts, Drama

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Come Alive: Social History

MTG is home to a wonderful collection of historical letters, photographs and artefacts, scraps of memory, fragments of the past. This programme encourages students to seek out the stories behind these objects and create dramatised scenes exploring moments in the lives of ordinary or notable people who lived in Hawke's Bay in earlier times.

After some warm-up drama games, students will explore an exhibition (or exhibitions) of your choice. The MTG educator will invite them to focus on a single photo or object and research the story behind it.

Students will work in groups to develop ideas for a short drama based on the story behind the object. They will create tableaux, rehearse the scene and perform it for the rest of the class. 

Come Alive: Social History workshops can be based around any of MTG's social history exhibitions and can be tailored to your teaching focus. Current social history exhibitions include:

Contact Jenny to discuss options for a specific focus for your workshop: (06) 833 9789, or book now

Come Alive: Visual Arts

Visual art is rich with stories, interpretations as varied as the people who view it. In a truly immersive experience, we undertake deep analysis of a work of art and devise a drama in response to it.

After some warm-up drama games, students will visit a visual art exhibition and explore the artworks on display. The MTG educator will then invite them to focus on a single painting or artwork, look closely at the content and composition of the work and share their responses and interpretations.

Students will work in groups to develop ideas for a short drama based on the artwork. They will identify a key concept, mood or theme they would like their scene to express. They will create tableaux, rehearse the scene and perform it for the rest of the class. 

Our Come Alive: Visual Arts workshops can be based around any of MTG's visual art exhibitions: Browse our current exhibitions

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

Come Alive: self-guided visit (FREE)

At MTG, students can find a wealth of objects and artworks to inspire their own creative writing, drama or dance projects back at school. Self-guided visits to MTG are free but must be pre-booked through our educators. We are happy to give teachers a guided tour to help plan self-guided class visits.

Book a teachers' pre-visit or self-guided class visit through our educators.

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