We have chooks, many native birds, wetas, horses, worms, bees, monarch butterfly, geckos and wasps all making up our living world-but we have narrowed our Inquiries down to contexts we know little about rather than revisiting the creatures we already know so much about.
To help us decide our focus, in Week 1 during Literacy we created Prior knowledge word walls to help us with our writing and Inquiries and to demonstrate which living creatures we feel confident that we already know plenty about...after our groups collaborated to create a pool of vocab, Mr B published good copies of our words for display in our room. We decided after looking at our lists, that we knew heaps about Monarch Butterfly, Bees, Worms and Chickens, but we didn't know so much about Wasps, Wetas, Geckos, Horses or one NZ Native Bird we are proud to have making our Native area home, well Riroriro's nest to be exact-Pipiwhararoa!
Fast forward to today at the end of Week 2 and we were excited to arrive for Discovery Time-which centres around the Visual Arts and on the Key Competencies of Using language symbols and text AND Managing self, threaded through our Discovery session.
Mr B asked us to choose one of our critters to explore and represent visually through drawing and clay. By searching out images on Google we experimented drawing our critter from a variety of angles, perspectives and views. Our challenge was to use our pencils to play with light and dark, shading, texture and line to bring our sketch to life.
We were very successful, learning cross thatching, quick outlining, thick and thin lines and other techniques modelled by Mr B and shared by other more confident artists in our class. We had about an hour to familiarise ourselves in sketch before Mr B brought out the clay...
What do you think of our sketches?
Mr B showed us a few techniques to help get us started, and challenged us to make our critters as life like as possible. When we reached the point where we needed to add details, we were sent to the Native area to find leaves, twigs, seeds, bark and other natural materials to imprint and enhance our models.
We really enjoyed our Art Discovery Day. How well do you think we managed ourselves? Our time? How well did we use lines or clay to convey visual meaning?
Come into to Room 1 and see our drawings framed on the wall or our clay drying at the back of the Room...
Our next challenge is something WETA workshops would be proud of...I wonder what it will be?