There are three different ways to engage in our workshop programme. You can visit Te Uru, completing a gallery tour and a hands-on workshop; we can visit you with our Art in a Box sessions; or you can opt for our new DIY Art in a Bag workshops, which include a comprehensive lesson plan and all the materials you need to facilitate an interactive workshop in your classroom.  


Optical sculptures
Discover the work of Elizabeth Thomson, learning about Titirangi and the Waitākere ranges through her eye-catching photographic and sculptural artworks. We will explore art and science through her glimmering optical works that refract and reflect light to create the illusion of movement. Make a shimmering 3D sculpture in clay using surface textures, reflective materials and paint effects. (Yrs. 2–8, science, technology, social history, maths and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC).

Clay volcano
Visit the Portage Ceramic Awards to learn how clay transforms through the firing process, looking closely at the different surface textures and glaze techniques used by this year’s entrants. Create your own volcano with paper clay, experimenting with surface effects using clay modelling tools and crackle paints to mimic the earth’s raw elements and geothermal landscapes, like the pioneering Titirangi-based potter, Len Castle. (Yrs. 1-6, science, art, technology and history and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC)

Fashion designer puppets
Explore Te aho tapu hou: The new sacred thread by fashion designer Jeanine Clarkin (Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Paaoa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) who has, over her 25-year career, used clothing to consider cultural identity and political issues. We will use card, fabric, and various recycled media to create self-portrait puppets, complete with unique outfits that express personal style and heritage. (Yrs. 1-8, technology, maths, te reo Māori, and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC)

High school and Tertiary

Te Uru guided tour for high schools and tertiary students
Join us for an in-depth tour of Te Uru’s exhibitions with our curator or director.

Te Uru and McCahon House Museum tandem visits
Students have the opportunity to view contemporary art at Te Uru followed by a tour of McCahon House in French Bay. With the cottage only a five-minute drive from the gallery, why not visit both in one outing?

Early childhood
We now provide gallery visits and workshops tailored to meet the needs of the preschool years. Take a tour of an appropriate exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop in our Learning Centre.

Workshop Rates

Our standard rate for a two hour workshop is $6/student or a concession rate of $5/student for multiple bookings. All materials are supplied.

Workshop Times

Mornings 9.30–11.30am, afternoons 12.30 – 2.30pm
Extension classes welcome, contact us for further details.


Bookings and further information
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