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Main resource: Ministry of Education (2001). Fabric and Fibre: Exploring the Visual Arts in Years 1–6. Wellington: Learning Media Limited.
This resource consists of a booklet and a set of posters. It is referred to below as Fabric and Fibre.

Session 1: Researching natural patterns

  1. Discuss characteristic patterns and shapes that have been derived from nature by a variety of different cultures from around the world.
  2. Look at examples of such patterns and shapes.
  3. Students practice drawing some of these patterns and shapes.

Session 2: Introducing Kay George

  1. To introduce the work of Kay George, first show students the Fabric and Fibre poster of her at work, and give them some background about her from Fabric and Fibre pages 20–21.
  2. Show students the other Kay George poster of her fabric artwork Rock Pools and the Sea. Prompt discussion using the questions on the supplied Worksheet . Students could write the answers on their copy of the worksheet as each question is discussed.
  3. Using A3 cartridge paper and watercolour pencils, students create some initial sketches of compositional ideas in response to this artwork.
  4. Students then incorporate ideas from their investigations into natural shapes and patterns (in Session 1), selecting patterns or making them from motifs that they repeat.

Sessions 3 and 4: Creating own artworks

  1. Students refine their initial drawings, considering principles such as balance, contrast, and harmony. Discuss the designs with each student individually, highlighting what works well and what needs more development.
  2. Using A2 cartridge paper and watercolour pencils, students mark the main shapes of their designs, then lightly sketch symbols into the shapes. As they develop their images and designs, students discuss their work in a group.
  3. Students use watercolour paint to fill in their designs. (Several layers of paint will be needed to give depth and richness to the colour.)

Note: Some students may need another session to complete their painting.

Coloured pencil practice drawing in response to Kay George's work by student Quaid Luke.

Coloured pencil practice drawing in response to Kay George's work by student Quaid Luke.

Coloured pencil sketch by student Arete Eparaima.

Painting by Arete Eparaima in response to Kay George's artworks.

Working drawing in coloured pencil by student Leona Taurima.

Finished watercolour painting by student Leona Taurima.

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