Over the term we have been further exploring our inquiry topic of "The Great St Albans Oak Tree" with some art in Pīwakawaka.

Observational Drawing of the Great Oak Tree
We first started by exploring the Great Oak Tree and doing an observational drawing. We focused on what we can see (from the big trunk, to the branches, the tiny little sticks and twigs at the top, the bark and texture). We sat out in the sun and drew what we could see. We then went back into the classroom and used water colours to explore the colours of the tree.

Pīwakawaka Collage
We spent the next few art lessons creating real life looking pīwakawaka manu. We did a step by step drawing of a pīwakawaka, then used pastels and carefully replicated the colours we could see. The following lesson we used magazines and ripped up lots of green pieces and worked hard at overlapping each piece to make a bright green background. Don't they look amazing??

Leaf Exploring
Lately we have been focusing on all the leaves that have slowly been falling of the Great Oak Tree. We started with leaf rubbings, which many tamariki had never explored before.

The following lesson we did a real life drawing of a leaf. We looked at ALL the lines and shapes and colours we could see. We then painted them with water colours.

Next we used clay and explored ways to manipulate it by squeezing it in our palms, on the table, rolling it with our fingers, squishing it with our palms. We then pressed a leaf into the circle we had created and watched all the lines come up. Once they are dry we are going to paint them! Watch this space...


  1. Your artwork is simply beautiful Pīwakawaka 22 and 23! I really love your work with clay - they'll look amazing when they're painted.


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