Art Legends: Maui and the Sun (*NZ)
A clearly laid out full-colour PDF presentation. This is a great art unit to combine with a Social Studies inquiry into New Zealand Myths and Legends or Science investigations about day and night. Maui is a god in NZ Maori folklore and one of the achievements attributed to him was that he slowed down the movement of the sun across our skies so that the people of his village could get all their work done. This art lesson responds to the climactic part of the story when Maui confronts the sun in all its splendour. NZ picture books have been given as reference among a list of resource links and a clear and comprehensive photo journal of each step of the process has been provided, along with student and teacher exemplars of work in progress and completed work. This unit incorporates art elements of space (foreground, middle ground, background), line (cultural shape and form) and texture (collage). Students colour their own paper which they then use to build their composition. Art skills developed include - drawing, dye painting, patterning, colour combining, cutting and layering. Enjoy the step-by-step instructions in this lesson, brimming with colour photographs of authentic student work. The examples in this unit were created by 9-11 year olds. Landscape layout suitable for viewing through data projector for junior/middle primary or can be used for independent viewing by senior primary students. Presentation consists of 51 slides (pages). Examples in this unit were made by Y5 students.