Each student has created an individual art work based on themselves, as part of their learning theme, ko au (“I am”).
Ave said Brown’s artwork was chosen because the composition of his artwork included people, mountains and words around the border of the pictures. The class chose to use Maori words as Maori language is an integral part of learning at Takitumu School.
This year the class will be having a strong focus on the arts: visual, performing, digital and traditional.
Principal and teacher Carly Ave said the reason behind having a year-long theme relating to the arts was all about the children’s future
“We want to teach the children that pursuing the arts is a viable career path”.
Ave said initially the class were apprehensive about painting.
“This is another reason why the arts are so important as a year-long theme. The more they practice painting and reworking their artworks, the more confident the students are becoming.”
Next up the class will be studying the work of local painter, and parent David Teata before also learning about local choreographers, tattooists, musicians, cavers and performers later in the year.
Ave said she believes once the students get to meet locals in the arts field, this will inspire some to take it up as a future career.