At music last week Mrs Gain and Mrs Campbell read us a special book by a New Zealand artist and author called Robyn Kahukiwa. The book was called Taniwha. The book explores the idea of friendship and belief, as a little boy takes an adventure with a taniwha. On the way they meet Paptuānuku and Rūaumoko, Tangaroa and Ranginui.
Māori history tells us about our origins that come from Papatuānuku, the Earth Mother and reach to the stars amongst Ranginui, the Sky Father. One of their sons was Tangaroa, who is the kaitiaki (guardian) of oceans lakes and rivers. Rūaumoko also features the story. He is the guardian of earth tremors, or lava flow and he is the youngest child of Ranginui and Paptuānuku.
During our music time we explored a whole lot of different sounds and movements that taniwha, the river, bubbles and logs might make. We used instruments, scarves, our voices and bodies.
The next day we wrote some stories about taniwha ... some of us wrote recounts of our awesome music session, others retold the the story of 'Taniwha'.
When we'd finished our writing, we decided we wanted to make some fabulous taniwha art to go with it. We were inspired by a picture Feo made of a taniwha at his last school. Isn't it amazing?
For our pictures we created our taniwha using pencil outline, then coloured with jovis, outlined with black vivid and carefully cut around them. For the background water, we mixed green and blue dye to make a water colour and while the dye was still really wet, we sprinkled table salt all over it. As it dried it made a really neat bubble effect. For the sky we used a bit of blue, a bit of purple and some black dye mixed together, then sprinkled fine blue glitter on it. The dappled sky looks like a starry night!