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Hastings Boys' High School
Artist in Residence
Pita Kire is an old boy of Hastings Boys' High and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Hawkes Bay EIT in 2000. He has been involved in many local exhibitions and commissions and is a great role model for Māori students.
Artists in Schools Project
To paint a mural in the Hastings Boys' School Library, depicting the legend of Tawhaki and the knowledge he gained in climbing to heaven.
Making the Canvas
| Gap student sanding routed joints.
|| Technical staff helped with wood and canvas frame construction
Class Set of Booklets
- Information about the artist.
- Different versions of the legend of Tawhaki
- English, Māori, Samoan and Japanese speakers interpreted the legend in their own language.
Stage 1 Research Topic
- Research space and place for the mural
- Read and study the different versions of the legend e.g. Ngati Kahungunu
- Resource Personnel - EIT Māori Dept, Toi Maitarangi, Kahungunu Kaumatua, Librarians
- Drawing - resources: canvas, pencils, paint
- Rockwell, N. America ISBN 0-8109-0454-3
- Eschenfelder, C. Masters of Italian Art ISBN 3-8290-0256-4
- Blackley, R. Goldie ISBN 1-86953-340-2
- Te Awekotuku, N., Nikora, L. Mau Moko ISBN 978-0-67-004561-7
- Gossage, P. Puhi Huia and Pongo ISBN 1-86948-502-5
- Gossage, P. How Maui Defied the Goddess of Death ISBN 1-86948-574-2
- Genesis perform Ahorangi. This video is held in the Hastings Library.
Composition - selection of canvas images
Attacking the empty canvas
| The start
|| The space to fill!
Enlarging drawings to full scale on canvas
Composition and first paint layer
Students watch and admire
The legend unfolds, canvas by canvas
All twelve of them
Then the details are added, regenerated and resolved
Language departments are challenged to rewrite the legend in modern languages. Pita did a written summary of the meaning and ideas underpinning each canvas.
Students study and make language and art using the artwork as a source of motivation
Students will rewrite the legend in Māori, English and other languages illustrated by students' art.
Student drawings and illustrations
The finished mural
What was gained and by whom?
- A mural pertinent to the school and its large Māori population.
- Written work and illustrations to support literacy.
- Raising the profile of art within the school community.
- A role model for all students especially Māori boys.
- A source of inspiration for senior art students.
- Motivation to develop and extend ideas into new work.
- Confidence to handle bigger projects.
- Personal growth in art and tikanga.
- Development of personal relationships, media exposure and artistic profile.
- The intellectual /academic discussion based on contemporary application of the legend to Māori learning.
- Future focus for Māori education.