Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Our Wonderful Calendar Art!

This year for Calendar Art we decided to use Mexican Folk Art and Aboriginal Art as our inspiration. We loved how colourful the Mexican art is and celebrations about 'Day of the Dead' really interested us.

The traditions and celebrations in Mexican homes and cemeteries during the Day of the Dead seem strange, if not incomprehensible. There is mourning and rejoicing; sadness and silliness - woven together into one emotional fabric.

To Mexicans, it's like welcoming the return of a dear friend or relative, who moved far away and visits just once a year. Mexicans try very hard to be with their families for this fiesta, as the living and the dead gather for the most complete of family reunions.

After looking at many examples the children in the class decided which type of art they would try. Everyone was asked to draft their drawing and try colours that they wanted to use. Once that decision was made they were given their good copy of card to complete their masterpiece.

Check out their incredible work!


  1. Kia ora Totara 2,
    My name is Tania and I am a Manaiakalani Facilitator based in Whangarei. I have the lucky job of reading through the Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu class and individual blogs and leaving comments. I am very impressed with your calendar art and am sure your whānau will be too. I like how you have had the option to base your work on mexican folk art or aboriginal art. There are quite distinct differences between the two and it is easy to tell which is which. I haven't ever read about Mexican folk art so appreciated you sharing the link so I could learn more. Keep up the great work.
    Nga mihi nui

  2. Hey Totara 2 and Miss Power!
    I love your video of your art work. I really enjoyed watching T1 and T2 create their calendar art. What was the hardest part of creating the art work? Keep on rockin', Miss H

  3. Kia ora Shikarn here from Gilberthorpe school. Your art is amazing it looks like took time and did not rush it. Since you did not rush it turned out great. How did you make?

  4. Hi guys, my name is Matteo and I'm from Owairaka Primary School. I really LOVE your Mexican theme and your other art.Can you please update me when you do a different theme. My blog address is matteop.blogspot.co.nz.


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