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West Melton School

Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands

Art form: Visual Arts

Project name: DRIVER Mural

Creative name: Kathryn Meyers

Project information: The aim of the project is to make our DRIVER values visible to our community and support our learners to feel part of the school community, make strong connections with our local environment, especially the Waimakariri Awa, and give the students a sense of Tūrangawaewae. They will weave our cultural narrative through the artwork and visually bring our cultural narrative to life with guidance from our local Rūnanga Te Taumutu. The project will increase student agency and Kaitiakitanga of our school environment. 

Utilising knowledge from the 2021 Tūrangawaewae themed learning and localised curriculum, students will be involved in the design process and all aspects of the planning and creation of the mural. As part of the process, students will design, preview, and test creative ideas and then focus on one main creative idea to turn into the mural. 

We are developing practical dnowledge in the arts through the designing and painting of the mural. We are developing Ideas in the arts through the design process and connections to our localized curriculum, mainly focusing on Tūrangawaewae. Our learning landscape culturally locates us in Canterbury and shows how we connect to this place. We are communicating and interpreting in the arts by learning how to bring all aspects of our DRIVER values, PB4L, Enviroschool, and our Cultural Narrative into a coherent artwork.

Project starting: February 2022

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