For Schools: Junior, Senior and Tertiary

Learning experiences and art education outside the classroom 

Come down and enjoy a guided tour  in the award winning interpretation centre amidst the bush and birds in Titirangi, Auckland and experience how our greatest painter Colin McCahon and his family lived during the 1950s. Representations of original works that McCahon created in the house can be seen in the very environment that inspired them.


The House is an important cultural and social historical site. Visiting the House is a unique opportunity to understand not only what inspired a significant body of his work, but also how the family lived. The House is a highly characteristic example of the kind of dwelling—the weekend bach—that was very common 60 years ago in places like Titirangi but which seldom survives in original condition today.


Visit options: 

  1. Guided tour of House
  2. Artist talk with resident artist (dependent on availability)
  3. Drawing Lesson - kauri theme, based on McCahon response to the environment (support material and /or tutor can be supplied, 3 weeks notice if requiring tutor)
  4. Drawing Lesson - environmental kauri dieback, around the Kauri dieback programme (support material available)
  5. Other resources:  NCEA Art History Level 3 and NCEA Visual Art - Painting level 1 and 2.  Also a Junior Art Task.
  6. Visit to French Bay (within walking distance - Free)

Any combination of visit options come with a suggested donation $5 per student  

Bookings essential
Contact: Alice Ng
Phone: 09 - 817 6148 or 817 7200

Maximum 15 students (larger groups can be split)

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Lily Laita Art Teacher at Western Springs College

"I brought out a year 13 Art History class to the McCahon house in line with the Modern New Zealand Art topic they were studying. The students and myself and colleague were in awe at the location, the authenticity, the presentation of the film and the overall experience of being present in a place that was such an influence on his cubist works and works on loose canvas. We will have a year 12 +13 Art History class next year, so will definitely be returning for another visit in 2013The Artist in Residence was approachable and well received by the students"