In creating these beautiful works of art there were many new processes, many new ideas and lots and lots of talking. We love talking in Room 2!
The process - exploring the elements of art.
The background was created using colours that we agreed on as a class, they were colours that represented nature, rivers and mountains. We used dye and wet paper to explore value. Value is the depth of colour and we saw lots of differing values as our work dried.
Te Maunga - the mountains and Te awa - the rivers were created by using paper coloured by us a few days before. We learnt about texture as we used fun tools like rubber hose and toothbrushes to mix paint colours straight onto the paper. When they were dry we ripped the paper giving us interesting shapes. It was fun to share textured paper with our friends to get a different look.
Te whare - the house and/or Te Marae - the Marae were created using paper we had made using a process called chalk printing. We grated chalk into water and floated our paper on top. The chalk stuck to it and made pretty patterns. When it was dry we learnt how to make houses using origami. Folding, turning, following instructions and talking about shapes all help with our maths learning. We talked about line as we noticed the very different lines that were created in our paper folding when compared with our torn paper pieces.
Te whanau - the family was a piece of artwork that we had made in our first week of school this year. We learnt about warm and cold colours and we talked about shape. The koru shape is traditionally used to represent family and people and is a symbol for new beginnings. In these pieces we drew a koru for each member of our family. Look closely because some of the koru are very carefully drawn inside the larger 'parent' koru.
Finally we added ourselves.
Kupu hau - New words
maunga - mountain
awa - river
marae - marae/meeting place
whare - house
whanau - family
pepeha - introduction
During our investigation into our pepeha we watched some other people on you tube.
We know that for Maori a pepeha acknowledges all of their tipuna - ancestors, their waka - boat (way of arriving in NZ), their iwi - tribe.
We are the children of Waikino
As part of identifying our place and our part in Waikino School we have been revisiting out school song/haka. We have been learning the names of the mountains and rivers that we at Waikino School acknowledge.
In groups we created 5 maunga, 4 awa and 1 moana - 5 mountains, 4 rivers and 1 sea to represent those in the song.
They look great displayed on our ceiling, come in, grab a cushion and check them out.
The words to our school song/haka are displayed at school behind Jenni's desk in the office framing a beautiful piece of art by Koro Mike.
While working on these art pieces we have also been learning to ask "What is your name" and respond in te reo Maori.
Ko wai tou ingoa?
What is your name?
My name is ________.
Singing the song with Anika Moa really helped the pattern to stick with us and we began to experiment by using some of the kupu hau - new words that we had learnt.
Ko wai tou awa?
What is your river?
Ko Ohinemuri toku awa.
My river is Ohinemuri.