Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Protect our native birds Lizzie's GG

Carrie's lesson 7-9yr olds

This was a repeat of the lesson I did with Rachael's class where we started the day talking about predators in New Zealand. The class identified cats on the long list of predators and then brainstormed ideas for keeping our native birds safe, such as keeping them in at night and wearing a bell on their collar.

We then looked at art by Lauren Burch, focussing on the simplified shapes of cats and bold use of pattern and colour. The children drew their own cats in pencil, used wax crayon to make the lines bold and then painted with watercolour.

The backgrounds were painted with much larger brushes, and had to be an environment fit for a cat and bird. We ended the day drawing native birds and these were cut out, arranged and stuck onto the backgrounds. Some of the children added a collar to their cat to finish.

 The children were very focussed on completing their work and did some excellent drawing throughout the day. There are some examples of their observations below, when they were asked to study the weed 'wandering willy' which has become a problem weed in New Zealand.

Piwakawaka M12

Gretchen's lesson
7 and 8 year olds

I heard a report on the radio in the weekend that predators kill 25 million of our native creatures each year. I relayed this to the children at the beginning of the day. Our subject, piwakawaka, is not an endangered native bird but it has predators that have been introduced to NZ. We had a discussion about predators and whether their numbers should be reduced because the native creatures where here first. This was a good healthy discussion.
Outlines of flax leaves.
The children drew piwakawaka with pencil, again using black crayon and finally using Indian ink applied with kebab sticks. Once they were dry, they added appropriate colour using coloured pencils.

Extra outlining to make the flax leaves stand out.

The backgrounds are flax plants, a favourite haunt of piwakawaka. We went outside to observe the shape and colour of the flax plants. The children filled their A3 page with flax which they covered with wax crayon rubbings using texture boards. Finally they added green dye.

Adding dye.

The birds were attached to the backgrounds and extra flax was added at their discretion.

Indian ink and stick drawings of piwakawaka.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Protect our native birds. Racheal L GG

Carrie's lesson 7-9yr olds

We started the day talking about predators in New Zealand and the children quickly identified cats as being one. They came up with so many ideas to control cats such as locking them up and putting them on a lead but eventually decided that keeping cats in at night and wearing a bell on their collar could be as effective.

The artwork started with Laurel Burch inspired drawings of cats, where the children used a combination of wax crayon and watercolours. They prepared backgrounds with a small sponge and water colour paints, thinking about an environment their cat and bird might be in.

I read the book Fifty-five Feathers by Ben Brown and Helen Taylor that introduces many native birds, and the children chose one or two birds to draw and include in their art. These were cut out along with the cats and arranged on the background.

For some reason, these images did not want to rotate for me tonight!!

We had a session of observational drawing, looking at the weed
Wandering Willy. We talked about how it spreads easily and takes
over areas of undergrowth.

Kereru R8

Gretchen's lesson
6 and 7 year olds

I showed the children a short you tube about injured kereru.      meet-the-locals/
We had a discussion about how they get injured... cats, stoats, rats and flying into windows.

I read the picture book, "Kiri the Kereru" about a kereru getting groggy on berries and being stalked by cats.

The children drew a kereru using photographs as a guide.

They drew them again using pen and layered coloured pencils.

Don Binney's art is well recognised in New Zealand. He was passionate about our environment and interested in ornithology.
I showed the children several of his paintings and we discussed the balance between the sky, land and birds.

 The children created their own landscapes and added their kereru to the sky.

In order to help the kereru, the children made images to stick on the window to deter the birds.
I found the idea here although had trouble making them stick on the glass.


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