Gretchen's Lesson with 7 and 8 year olds.
We talked about predator free neighbourhoods. All the children recalled piwakawaka being present in their gardens. They knew who their predators were. They also shared ways to rid our neighbourhoods of them.
The children began today's lesson by making a collage garden background. I asked for pieces of paper that were no bigger than the palm of their hand. They were to rip the pictures as they overlap better than a cut edge. They used wallpaper paste to stick their pictures down.
They drew a piwakawaka using photos. I asked them to emphasis the lines rather than tones.
I had prepared squares of foil glued to fabric. They drew their piwakawaka into the foil using sticks. Only one piece of foil ripped. Whew, that was my worry.
They brushed Indian ink over their foil, let it dry for about 5 minutes, then gently rubbed the majority off with a little piece of fabric. The aim was to leave ink in the impressions. Too much ink gets rubbed off if they rub it straight away.
They assembled their picture, adding a little branch to bring it all together.