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Cannons Creek School

Region: Wellington

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Our Pepeha, Our Place

Creative name: Ruth Robertson-Taylor and Tracy Underwood

Project information: This project’s aim is to engage students, teachers and whānau of Cannons Creek School in a collaborative visual art project. We are a new Enviroschool and part of our mahi in this area is developing our outside environment. We will create a painted mural for a new classroom, incorporating our pepeha, the school values, and community elements. 

The project will deepen learners' knowledge of our kura's whakapapa and community values by collaboratively designing and creating a visual representation of the Cannons Creek School community pepeha—past, present, and future. It will also develop a deeper cohesion within and between the school and wider community. 

Through our inquiry "Our Place Here", students and their whānau are discovering more about the local area, its history, culture, and people. We aspire for our whole school community to see themselves reflected in the mural, consequently strengthening our sense of connection and belonging. As part of the process, our learners and whānau will develop a greater understanding of our school values: Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, Manaworoa and Tūtika; how these are lived in our school and how they reflect who we are. Learners will see how the art being created tells our story through colour and images. 

Learners will learn and experience the process of developing Poutama and purapura whetū under the guidance of an accomplished Māori artist trained in Māori visual arts and Mātauranga Māori. Students will explore the artistic process including observational drawing, technical drawing, using complimentary colours (colour wheel) and enlarging using ratios, in collaboration with our creatives. 

The final outcome of the artwork will give all those involved a sense of pride and personal achievement that they were part of the creation of a large and collaborative piece of work.

Project starting: March 2022

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