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Te Wharau School

Region: Bay of Plenty / Waiariki

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Talking Patterns

Creative name: Katy Wallace

Project information: Using pattern as the context to explore art making, identity and storytelling. Students will go on a journey of learning, exploring, designing and creating to develop a series of patterns that communicate our own Te Wharau story.

Students will be introduced to the language of pattern from different cultural and art perspectives to expand their thinking about the many ways pattern can be created to communicate story or meaning.

With the story of the legend of the creation of Te Wharau school as our subject matter, our aim is to provide a programme that allows a full and thorough experience of art exploration and development. We will progress from individual work, through smaller group collaborations to bigger class collaborations; pattern is a perfect context to allow the layering and bringing together of ideas and a good vehicle to represent the story we want to convey. We will move through different mediums such as drawing, painting, collage, weaving and photography to explore how similar ideas transfer through different media.

The final outcome of the works will be planned as the project progresses, but are likely to be in banner or panel form. A digital representation of the patterns would also be generated.

Project starting: May 2021

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