Nov 25, 2013

ART - Sculpture

Brett Tutauanui Keno Sculpture

Sculpture is one of the most ancient forms of art - sculpting can be done with many different kinds of materials - wood, stone, marble, metal, ceramics (pottery/clay), plastic, found materials (eg recycling or natural items) - sculptures are usually made by carving, modelling, welding, molding, casting, shaping or constructing with the material.

Sculptures are usually three-dimensional and can be any size, indoors or outdoors, painted or decorated or kept in the colours of the original material.

This comes from the Scholastic website:
For thousands of years sculpture has filled many roles in human life. The earliest sculpture was probably made to supply magical help to hunters. After the dawn of civilization, statues were used to represent gods. Ancient kings, possibly in the hope of making themselves immortal, had likenesses carved, and portrait sculpture was born. 

The Greeks made statues that depicted perfectly formed men and women. Early Christians decorated churches with demons and devils, reminders of the presence of evil for the many churchgoers who could neither read nor write.

From its beginnings until the present, sculpture has been largely monumental. In the 15th century, monuments to biblical heroes were built on the streets of Italian cities, and in the 20th century a monument to a songwriter was built in the heart of New York City. Great fountains with sculpture in the center are as commonplace beside modern skyscrapers as they were in the courts of old palaces. 

The ancient Sumerians celebrated military victory with sculpture. The participants of World War II also used sculpture to honor their soldiers.
This is a statue of the Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.
Read about the sculptures of the Ancient Romans on this website for kids.

The Pieta - Michaelangelo, finished in 1500 A.D. - marble
Created by Michelangelo (1475-1564), the Pieta shows the Virgin Mary holding her only son, Jesus Christ, in her arms. Before sculpting the Pieta, Michelangelo was not a very well-known artist. He was only in his early twenties when he was told, in 1498, to do a life sized sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding her son in her arms. In about two years, from a single slab of marble, Michelangelo created one of the most beautiful sculptures ever.

Pania of the Reef - Napier - 1954 - bronze
From the Napier City Council website:
A Maori legend tells how Pania left the sea people to marry Karitoki, a chieftain whose whare (house) was sited in an area now known as Sturm's Gully on Napier's Bluff Hill.

After Karitoki departed to fight in a long tribal war, Pania's original family called to her at sunset and at dawn. Unable, finally, to resist their siren voices, she swam out to meet them. When she attempted to return to the shore, however, she was drawn down to the caverns of the sea. Angered by her divided loyalties, Moana-nui-a-kiwa, lord of the sea, transformed her into a rocky shelf. Lying off the Napier breakwater, the beautiful sea creature is immortalised as Pania's Reef.

The statue of Pania of the Reef was presented to the city in 1954 by the Thirty Thousand Club. Vic Wallis, a member for almost 40 years, and Horace Cottrell, another member and enthusiastic supporter, conceived the idea of perpetuating the Maori legend after hearing the story from F A Bennett, the first Bishop of Aotearoa (New Zealand), when he was on a tour of Napier.

The Thirty Thousand Club was formed in 1913, and its members pledged to support the Napier community until its population reached 30,000. After 62 years, when it was nearing 50,000, the club was wound up.

Sited in Napier's Marine Parade Gardens, the bronze statue depicting the beautiful Maori woman is among of the city's most recognised and photographed attractions. It is believed to be the first to perpetuate a Maori legend.

Six students from Hukarere Maori Girls' College were chosen as possible models for the sculpture. The final honour went to 15-year-old May Robin - her face was the model for the bronze founding done by the Italian Marble Company of Carrera in Italy. The statue, which sits on a limestone base, was unveiled by Prime Minister Sid Holland in June 1954. 

Cow - Alexander Calder - 1929 - USA - steel wire
Alexander Calder. Cow. 1929
From the Whitney Museum of Art website:
Alexander Calder was one of the most inventive sculptors of the twentieth century. Before he became an artist, Calder studied mechanical engineering. He was fascinated by how machines work and the way that things move. He used his engineering skills to incorporate movement into his sculpture. Calder made art that is figurative, like Calder’s Circus, (1926-31), but he is also well known for his abstract sculptures and mobiles. 

Family Koru - Brett Keno - NZ - Oamaru stone
Click here to see a photo slideshow of how Brett created his stone carving of Family Koru.

The Chalice Sculpture - Neil Dawson - 2000 - Christchurch, NZ (images - website wouldn't open)
This was created to celebrate the new millenium and the 150th anniversary of the first European settlers' arrival in Canterbury. The chalice has 42 leaf patterns of different native plants of NZ.

Spoonbridge and Cherry 
- water sculpture designed by husband and wife 
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen 
- Minneapolis, USA - 1988

Spider Maman (Mother)- Louise Bourgeois 
- 1999 - seen here in Tokyo, Japan - ribbed bronze 
- 10m high, 11 m wide, the sac has 26 marble eggs

The National Art Gallery of Canada paid $3.2 million for this work!

Nov 22, 2013

Term Four Week Six update

Hi again! What great weather we have had this week!

We loved having Mr Pirie back in the classroom while Mrs Coyle was on an assessment course. He has successfully won a job at Tokanui School for 2014 so we are very pleased for him and know that the pupils there will enjoy having him as their teacher!

On Thursday night Katelyn, Rayden, Jennifer, Jacob and Bethany attended the first ever Great Southern MediaMash Awards (sponsored by Noel Leeming, Canon and Ricoh) to see if their video entry 'No Helmet No Brain' was a winner - the video had been placed in the final three of the Yr4-6 Instructional Video category.

Unfortunately the video was not a winner (losing to the eventual overall supreme winning video) but we are very proud to have had our work be recognised as a finalist - you can see the awards results here...and Mrs Coyle and the Year Fives already have plans to have a lot more entries in next year's competition!

The great weather has meant we could get out to practise some more skipping techniques before self and peer assessing each other...

We also all had a fantastic (if noisy and hyperactive) time at the annual disco on Wednesday night - check out the video and see who you can spot from Team Kahu...

Team Kahu 2013 - Edendale Primary School Disco from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

Nov 18, 2013

Term Four - the halfway mark!!

Goodness gracious me...time is flying by! The past two weeks have been filled with our inquiry tasks, golf, swimming, maths, reporting book tasks to finish off and many more activities...

...we loved the mini-Olympics that was organised for us by the Student Council and Mrs Robertson as a fundraiser to help support ex-pupil Matthew Caldwell on his journey to the Asia-Pacific Special Olympics where he will represent NZ in the ten-pin bowling...

...and we had a fantastic time at the Lower Mataura Valley Pet Day...

...Katelyn was announced the MVP for the week...

...we had a bug-build-off to see who could assemble the pieces and labels of an insect model the fastest...

...and we shared our inquiry lap books and symmetrical doodle-bug art at Celebration Time...

 ...Ally was Writer of the Week for her baby elephant description...

...phew! No wonder we are feeling tired!! Great work everyone!

Nov 7, 2013

It'a a Bug's Life - all in the family!

All animals have life cycles - read this site to find out about the different types that animals have.

Can you tell a friend the three different types of life cycle that mini-beasts have? 
This video also shows you the insect life cycles: 

Check out this quick video that also shows the metamorphosis of a butterfly ...

Nov 2, 2013

TAKE TWO NEWS - the ipads episode!

Well done to Ella, Ethan and Jacob for their great work on this latest episode of Take Two News!!

Nov 1, 2013

Term Four Week 3...

Kia ora! A four-day week can seem even busier than a five-day week! Here is a slice of this week's action:

Congratulations to Thea! On Tuesday she attended the Southern Storytellers' Children's Workshop to learn some skills and fine-tune her storytelling. We found out today that she impressed them so much with her talent that she has been chosen to share her story at the Storytellers' dinner being held at the Ascot Park Hotel next week! What a wonderful achievement Thea - we are very proud of you and look forward to being your 'practice audience' next week.

Our inquiry work continued (scroll down to some older posts to join in with our learning activities about insect habitats) and we are building our lapbooks of information about mini-beasts, keeping in mind that we will soon be writing about an insect of our choice.

We have also been practising our horse sketches, ready for displaying at the Lower Mataura Valley Pet Day on can see these on our learning blogs.  We are looking forward to the day out on Tuesday and will spend the weekend leading our animals and practising our baking or modelling or flower arranging!

 Hoani MacDonald's Stags rugby jersey came back this week, all signed by the 2013 Southland Stags, including two ex-pupils of the school - Bryan Milne and Martin McKenzie - what a great item to have! Thanks Hoani!

Mrs Coyle assessed everyone on their reading fluency and comprehension - everyone is doing really well and we are all at the level of reading to learn and there was more golf action - practising chipping this time...

Have a great weekend everyone!