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Omanu School

Region: Bay of Plenty/Waiariki

Art form: Multi-Disciplinary

Project name: Our Stories of Tauranga Moana - Connection and Identity

Creative name: Georgia Williams

Project information: Through the expert teaching of our local artist creative, our ākonga and staff will tell the stories of Tauranga Moana and Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi so as to connect and identify with our people and our place. This mahi connects with the 2021-2023 strategic goals of Culture and Identity for Omanu School, our Mount Maunganui Kāhui Ako, Ngai Te Rangi Iwi and the Te Tai Whanake ki Tauranga Moana project. 

All Year 5 and 6 students and staff will be storytelling through the creation of graphic novels using a mix of contemporary and traditional illustration techniques. Our budding artists will develop their knowledge of composition and storytelling without words. The process of learning will be collaborative for our tamariki and teachers. 

For this project, our Omanu School artists will: 

  • research local history/pakiwaitara 
  • develop storyboards and hierarchy of information within graphics to tell the story 
  • be introduced to and select a new style/medium for their storytelling, e.g., printmaking, ink, watercolour, acrylic painting, pen and ink, soft pastel, collage, photography, etc.
  • develop/share and celebrate their stories (print book and digital).

Completed graphic novels will be bound for sharing and learning in our kura as a taonga from our seniors to their peers when we celebrate Matariki in 2022. The art and stories will also be made into digital stories (images, voiceover, waiata) which will be hosted on a website and shared with the community for learning.

Project starting: February 2022

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