In Room 6 we designed and made kite-shaped craft foam prints after reading “The Seven Kites of Matariki”. We researched the different shapes that traditional Maori Matariki kites can be and chose one shape each to use. Next, we researched the designs of the carvings of tekoteko faces. After practising our designs we ‘carved’ these into our foam kites with blunt pencils. We learned that we needed to make the lines very deep and thick for our prints to work. We learned how to roll the paint thinly onto the foam kites and then press our foam upside down onto the paper. We carefully smoothed the paper evenly onto the foam and then peeled it off to reveal the print. It was like magic! We loved seeing our print appear. After printing it we carefully painted the feathers onto our kites. We had beautiful Matariki kites printed onto a black sky.
In Room 7 we tried using foam plates instead of craft foam for our prints. We found it easier to ‘carve’ the designs, but the plates broke easier than the craft foam. We read, “Tawhirimatea, A Matariki Song” and then learned about Matariki. After this, we learned about the koru shape and where it comes from. We watched a fantastic time-lapse video of koru fronds unfurling. We had time to design a koru picture of our whanau, which we then carved into the foam plates. Some of us added the 7 (or 9) stars of Matariki and added lines or triangles to the background. After learning about the printmaking process we used the plates to print our designs onto black and white paper.
In Room 13 and in Room 15 we also made foam prints. We used a template to trace and cut out stars from craft foam and then carved koru designs into them.
Our Matariki stars were printed onto a black background to make a beautiful Matariki night sky collaborative artwork in Room 15.