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)...