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.  


Matariki celebrations 
Discover the work of Emily Karaka and learn about Matariki through her paintings. We will respond to Karaka’s exploration of Matariki by making our own artworks which reflect on the past and imagine a future Aotearoa. Make 3D whetū (stars) from card using mixed-media techniques (Yrs. 1-8). Create pepeha-inspired resist paintings with paint and wax, exploring themes of identity and memory (Yrs. 3-8, te reo Māori, social history, and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC). 

Seafaring clay
Have fun creating a 3D ship, waka or submarine using air-dried clay. We’ll take a tour of Robert Rapson’s fantastical ceramic ships and be inspired by the late artist’s magical oceanic scenes. Explore a history of ocean navigation through its vessels, from waka to possible seacrafts of the future. Sculpt your vessel with soft clay and decorate with fine details and bright colours. (Yrs. 2-8, technology, science, maths, te reo Māori, and visual art strands DI, CI, PK, UC).


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).

Conservation collage
View a special, tamariki-led exhibition, Toit? te ngāhere, from the Art in Schools for Forest Health project. Gain a better understanding of current conservation issues such as kauri dieback and myrtle rust, and how you can be kaitiaki of these taonga. Respond with an artwork using collage, text and printing techniques. (Yrs. 1-8, science, technology, te reo Māori, English 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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