Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elefly, Butterphant, Belephant?

We had some fun at the end of term looking at some hybrid animals and doing some moment in time writing.

A hybrid animal is a mixed breed animal - the animals in these photos were created through PhotoShop!

We chose to write about the elephant with butterfly ears. 
We thought of a number of variations on the words elephant and butterfly to name it!

Our extra challenge was to include a sentence that began with a verb!

Everyone was very proud of their work!

Did you look at the photos? Which animal did you like? What would you call it?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Progression of Art Skills Over the Year

Back in Term 1 our Social Studies topic was around the heritage buildings that we have in our town.

The art with Mrs. W. was based around this topic too.
The children sketched, built models, and created 
crayon-and-dye art of the heritage buildings.

The next progression was print-making.
These prints were made by carving the buildings into printing foam blocks.

 Mrs. W. introduced the class to the work of Frederick Hundertwassr, 
an Austrian-born New Zealand artist.
He designed a well-known toilet block in the north of New Zealand.
Hundertwasser liked curves and bright colours, and based his shapes on forms of nature.

The children used the ideas of Hundertwasser to create 
art works. 
They practised using colours and curvy shapes, using colouring pencils.

They made more prints, this time cutting and gluing cardboard shapes to create their printing block.

They created our heritage buildings in the stye of Hundertwasser, using pastel.

The culmination of the work was to use paint to create an art work of buildings in the style of Hundertwasser.

The students are very proud of their artworks!

Do you have a favourite artist?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Look Back to Look Forward - Pre-European NZ

Our school-wide big idea this term is 
'Look Back to Look Forward'.

In Social Studies with Mrs. W, the B4 children started by finding out about pre-European times in New Zealand.
What lessons can we learn for the future from the way early Maori lived their lives?

As part of their inquiry, the class collected harakeke (flax) from the school grounds.
They had to follow tikanga - protocols for gathering the harakeke.
They had to wait for a fine day, and a karakia (prayer) was said first.
They learned to not take the centre leaves (the baby) or the next leaves (the parents), but to only take the outside leaves (the grandparents).

Saying the karakia

Once the flax was gathered, a shell was used to scrape along the leaves to make some flax fibres.

The children twisted the fibres together into strings by rolling them up and down on their legs.

The fibres are strong!

The class are also learning some tī rākau  -stick games.

This video shows the very first try. 
We hope to post another video in a few weeks to show how much we have improved!

Have you tried working with harakeke? 
What about trying some stick games?