Friday, 28 October 2016

Happy Diwali ...

We've enjoyed learning a little more about the special festival of Diwali this week. Diwali is celebrated by a number of students in our class and across the school.  It is a Hindu festival also known as Divali or Deepavali and the "festival of lights".  It is celebrated during October-November each year and lasts for 5 days. 

Here is a little video we've watched to help us understand more about Diwali...

And here is a song we learnt especially for Diwali...

Earlier this week Sienna and Nia showed us a stick dance (dandiya) they had made up, similar to one that had both learnt in readiness for Diwali celebrations this weekend. They improvised using pencils for sticks, and showed our class their clever moves...

During Discovery today some children made gorgeous Rangoli patterns to display in our classroom. Rangoli is a traditional Indian art form often associated with Diwali. 

Rangoli is a brightly coloured design created using different materials such as coloured powders, seeds and grains, flower petals, pencils, pens and paint.  We  made ours on paper with brightly coloured pastels, then finished them off with sparkly glitter and dye.

Some children chose to design henna patterns (mendi).  They look amazing...

Lots of us had fun outside in the wind designing Rangoli with chalk as well...


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Let's Entertain You - Visual Arts...

In our last post we told you all about our awesome trip to the Dowse.  Remember we made some art work?  We got to use a variety of different painting tools and techniques to paint our abstract shaped paper.  We've been talking about how artists present their work and to whom.  We decided as a class that we would like our very own 'Art Gallery' so Mrs P took down the inquiry display and we're going to use that space.  Some of us want to take our work home and others want to add it to the gallery. 

Some artists frame their work and others don't.  We decided to mount ours onto coloured paper.  We attached our work to the wall how we wanted it.  We can all see different things in the shapes.  What can you see?  

We've also written about our trip and the way we created our art work.  We published our writing in our best printing.  Mrs P asked if we'd like to put it on the wall too, but we asked instead for the stories to be made into a book.  If you come into our classroom you will find the book on the display table next to our Art Gallery. 

We're going to do some special Diwali art tomorrow.  Who knows?  We might add some more to our Gallery...

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Colour Spectrum - Dowse Workshop...

Today we were excited to have the opportunity to go to a workshop with Jolie at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt.  

Jolie is one of the super educators at the Dowse and we always love spending time with her.  First she took us to look at some of the amazing art installations. 

Even the floor was an artwork!

We looked at some beautiful Māori weaving and carving crafted by the famous Hetet whānau, in an exhibition called 'Legacy'.  and the special waka that was created especially for children during the 1990 New Zealand sesquicentenary, the 150th anniversary of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi We were excited because we were allowed to touch this exhibit.  We could smell the strong wood smell, and feel the bumps and lines that had been carved into the wood.  

We saw also saw glass sculptures, furniture made from recycled paper, the Flox and Tuffery exhibition with stencilled and laser-cut wooden shapes and symbols.

Jolie showed us a colour wheel and we talked about primary and secondary colours.  Then we got to go into the workshop space and create our own abstract art using tempera paints and a whole lot of different tools (including harakeke brushes, skewers, pipettes, toothbrushes, folded paper and our fingers) and a range of techniques (brushing, dabbing, dropping, dripping, flicking, wiping and more)...

Our artwork is having a 'sleepover' at the museum tonight!  We have been thinking about ways we can present our pictures and display them in our classroom - watch this space!

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Fantastic World of Colour ...

With the arrival of Spring and the start of Diwali, there is burst of colour everywhere. On Wednesday we are looking forward to going to the Dowse Museum to participate in a workshop all about the the Colour Spectrum: A Celebration of Colour.  Using paint and a range of tools students will explore mark making and colour mixing techniques.

The workshop sounds fun and we all love colour, but we have lots of questions!

"What's a spectrum?"
"What are techniques?"
"What sort of tools do artists use?"

Today we watched a cool video about ROY G. BIV.  He lives at the end of a rainbow, and his name spells out the colour spectrum.  R is for red, O is for orange, Y is for yellow, G is for green.  B is for blue, I for indigo, and V is for violet - that spells ROY G. BIV.  We also learned that there are primary and secondary colours ("just like there is primary and secondary school!").  If you mix primary colours together then you get secondary colours. 

"If you mix secondary colours together do you get third colours?"
"Who makes up the names of new colours?"
"What colour is indigo, really?  Is it blue or is it purple?  Or something else?"

We decided to make our own rainbow art.  We had lots of different things we could use - paper, paints, chalk, felt pens, Jovis, coloured pencil, pastels.  Some of us made our art with only one thing, others used a mixture.  We learnt that using different things to make art is called using different medium (types of things).   When we used the paints, some of us used brushes and some of us used our fingers.

We like our rainbows!  They made us happy :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


 Just a reminder that all students are required to have their hats for term 4.