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.|