Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Maori Myth V4

9 and 10 year olds

We had a discussion about the importance and reasons Maori legends being created. The children knew a lot about them which helped with our further discussions about how they felt about the stories and why they thought they were told.

I read the Maori myth called " The Battle of the Birds." The illustrations by Gavin Bishop were the motivation for the artwork. 

I took a similar lesson years ago, using another Maori myth which had been illustrated by Gavin. Mono printing

The children drew birds in flight. I gave them photos to help. They used their sketches to create a bird fight. They turned the page over and copied the drawing on the reverse side, by putting it up on the window. 

They painted one side with water colour paint.

They lay the painted side down in a thin layer on printing ink which I had rolled onto lino (glass would be better as I think it would stay wet for longer) They drew the image onto the back. The black ink is picked up where they draw and randomly where pressure is put. I asked the children to pick up their work often to check the results and so it doesn't stick to the ink.

In some cases, the ink was very prominant. It happens, so fore warning is a good idea.

Drawing the image on the back.

Paint side down, onto the printing ink.

If you look closely, you'll notice the little floating collage feathers that have been added.


  1. These are Fantastic Gretchen! The different sized birds create great perspective and I like the addition of the floating feathers.

  2. Thank you Mary. I'm trying this lesson again tomorrow, with a different Maori Myth.

  3. Beautiful work by the children. The birds are drawn in detail and really give the feeling of flying swirling in the sky.

  4. Thanks Vicki, I feel many have captured flight well.



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