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.
The birds were attached to the backgrounds and extra flax was added at their discretion.
|Indian ink and stick drawings of piwakawaka.|