Monday, 11 December 2017

Visual Arts

This year during the middle block on Friday I always do Visual Arts. This creation was my list one for the year. For this artwork I had to create a scrambled artwork using the letters in my name. I drew the letters in my name with different coloured patterns. I then cut them out and stuck them onto different coloured cards. Once this was done I created a box that it could sit on against the wall. I then glues the letters down and worked off the 'M' to scramble them. (It looks better in real life because you can see the different angles)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Carving Unit

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First we had to research and a find an understanding about the Mania. I researched that the Mania was a piece of carving that could be carved either out of stone or wood. I also found out that the Manaia had the power to protect from evil and connect to the from the real world to the soul world.

As we grew an understanding about the manaia and what it was we moved onto green stone and wood carvings. As we looked through patterns we had to choose and draw our own manaias. We then had to research about the patterns we were to put inside or around our manaia. The pattern I put in was called Rauponga meaning the ribs of the ancestor. This fitted the manaia because how it connected to the soul world. This was my final product and the one I chose to draw onto my lino.

We had to trace our manaia onto lino. When I was tracing mine I found it really hard to make it appear on the lino. That is why the head ended up ripped! Once it faintly appeared I re-traced it then started to carve.

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This was the lino cutter I used to carve out my lines. The point of carving the lines was so when we came to printing the lines would be shown through the background piece. This carver was to be hold with a finger for it to be guided near the blade. We had to carve away from ourselves for safety. As we carved with the lino cutters we either had to trace over the detail lines or the inside around the patterns. I chose to carve my lines.

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This was my final product before I went onto carving (I already printed so some of the ink is stuck on it)

As we moved onto our ink rolling there was a process we had to follow. Our first step was to roll the roller forwards only to create a thick and even layer over the board and roller. After we had a thick and even layer on the roller we moved onto rolling the ink over the lino print. Then once it was even over the lino we moved off the table and were we had chosen our background colours before we started. We then flipped our prints upside down and onto the background colour. Once it was on the background colour we had to make sure not to move the lino as it would smudge if we did. There were special rollers we had to press then roll over the back of the lino to transfer the ink off the lino and onto the piece of paper.  These are my final prints that are cut and framed: Oct 31, 2017 2:14:55 PM.jpgOct 31, 2017 2:14:12 PM.jpg

I think that learning about carving and the Manaia has been interesting. I never knew what Manaia was and its purpose until now. The whole process of carving and learning about the tools and how to do fine details on the lino print has been really fun! If I did this part of the unit again I would make sure when it came to tracing my Manaia onto the lino I would use something else like a vivid to make it easier for me to see.

The Legend of Ruatepupuke And How Carving Came To Be


The story of Ruatepupuke is famous in maori tradition. It is a legend that tells us how some of the maori patterns/carvings came about.  In our school office we have a piece of artwork representing our school, values, culture and community. In this maori carving the patterns show the story of Ruatepupuke.  IMG_1951.JPG

Ruatepupuke is a story about the imprisonment of Te Manuhauturuki the son of Ruatepupuke. Tangaroa the god of the sea captures Te Manuhauturuki and takes him to his deep sea home. He gets mounted onto the gable or tekoteko on the top of the house. As Ruatepupuke realizes his son is gone he searches to find Tangaroa. Ruatepupuke finds his house and realizes his son is mounted on the tekoteko or gable. He waited until Tangaroa and his family returned into their underwater house.  He can hear the po talking inside the house but the outside remained silent. Ruatepupuke lights fire to the underwater house for revenge. IMG_1950.JPG

Three of Tangaroa’s flee from the burning house. There was Kanae the Mullet, Maroro the flying fish and Kokiri the trigger fish that escaped from the house.  As the house burns down Ruatepupuke take some of the po with beautiful maori carvings. He floats the po to the surface were the ideas of carvings came about.

3D Model Of Basic Air Dried Clay Using Our Manaia

Once we finished our first lino prints we had to roll and shape air dried clay. I rolled my air dried clay working fast for it not to dry then pressed it against my lino. Then getting a ruler to cut the edge to make the proper shape. Then using the ruler to get it off the lino and place it on the rack to dry. The next day when the air dried clay had set I started to sand to smooth the edge with sandpaper. Also using the sandpaper to take out pierced of clay. Finally my peirce of air dried clay was sanded and all smooth.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

D.L.O On Triangles and Quadrilaterals

We Are Learning To:
  • Identify classes of two- and three-dimensional shapes by their geometric properties. What do we know about triangles and quadrilaterals?
  • Use appropriate scales, devices and metric units for length and angles.

Explain and teach your audience how to draw a triangle.

Construct (draw and build) the four key types of triangles.  

Name and draw each of these triangles: equilateral, right angled, isosceles, scalene.

Show the special properties of each triangle. This means talk about the length of sides, the size of angles, sides that are the same...

Show how to use your protractor to measure the angles within each triangle.

What other important information do you think your reader should know?

Remember: this is your own work and you do not have permission to use other people’s work from the internet.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Elections Solo Response

In term three of 2017 we were running a unit on elections. We had to learn about the real election today and how it is to run your own election. At the beginning of this election unit I placed myself as multistructural. I was able to understand and share my learning of:

Define what government means?

Describe government.
Describe ways in which people can make decisions.

Identify how the government of Aotearoa / New Zealand is different from the way in which our school is governed?
Describe who makes up our parliament. (The structure.)

Describe why some people chose to stand for parliament.

Define what democracy and voting mean?

List some of the strengths and weaknesses of a democracy.
Describe the issues that New Zealanders might think are important when choosing the person they will vote for in an election.

As we moved through our election unit I was then developing a greater understanding in which the way our structure of government works. We had to complete a task which meant that we had to read then draw the structure of government. As we then moved into running our own campaign I learnt many things about campaigning. I learnt how policies have a greater income onto those who it affects. Also, I learnt that if the effect was great on them that party would most likely get their vote.

At the end of this unit I would say I am extended abstract because I know that the decisions affect parliament make affect me and other New Zealanders because of the outcome that might occur.

The predicament I think will occur in parliament is that:
National and Labour will be close because of the policies Labour created which meant that students across New Zealand would be affected greatly in a good way. It is most likely that the majority of seats in parliament will not be defined straight away. This would then mean parties would join together. The party that has the seats to make a majority for another party would join with that party if they offer them the best term compared to the other party.

Monday, 25 September 2017


Create - Mathematics. We are learning to recognise and explain invariant properties within transformations. Invariant properties are ‘the things about a shape that don’t change’ when we transform it.
Our focus is on
  • Describing patterns using the language of transformations

We will have met the success criteria when we have created an artwork to

  • show how under rotation lengths, areas, angles do not change but orientation does.
  • show how under reflection lengths, areas and angles do not change but orientation does.
  • show how under translation lengths, areas, angles and orientation do not change.
HINT: Use your Dragon Maths work in your DLO

Rules and Relationships

Create - Mathematics. We are learning to recognise and explain rules and relationships within patterns.

Our focus is on
  • graphing relationships within patterns.
  • creating and interpreting graphs
  • graphing through four quadrants

  • We will have met the success criteria when we
    • graph a word problem on paper and through a computer spreadsheet

    • explain how positive and negative coordinates are plotted onto a graph

    • can interpret graphed information

Monday, 18 September 2017

Political Pamphlet

We have to create a pamphlet for our political party using “Canva”. We need to think about layout, and readability.  We need to include at least two policies, information about our leadership and participants. We need to include our slogan and logo.

✓ Name of Party

✓ ID Leaders

✓ Slogan

✓ Deliberate use of colour

✓ Photo of Party Participants

✓ Clear to read/see

✓ Layout

✓ Logo

✓ Contact Details

✓ Policies x 2

We have compared our pamphlet to a real political pamphlet. Out of a score of 10 we got 10/10 including all of the above.