The photographs below celebrate the process Bridget took the tamariki through, and the wonderful results of their creativity.
children. As much as I was excited I was nervous as to how it would go. Would the children be keen? Would I be sitting there getting sidelong glances of 'what is she doing?'. When I prepared the calico to be painted for the background I got a bunch of very enthusiastic children wanting to help paint it, and looked forward to the next step which was cutting hessian up for rocks and the children decided where their rocks should go on the seabed. Then they were painted. Some of the children were very keen to get creating their favourite sea creatures. Others observed from the sidelines for a few visits before they decided they wanted to add something. Some of the children told me they couldn't draw their creatures, but when I encouraged them to give it a go and they found they could they were delighted. As more and more art was added more children were keen to participate and get their own patch up on it. It was very rewarding working along side the children and watching them create this amazing mural."
The completed undersea mural collaborative work.
Many thanks go to Bridget for all the time and ako she gave to this project with the tamariki and for her photographing and labeling of each child's finished work.
Posted by Anne