*This term we decided that we would focus on using pastels and aim to work on blending our pastel colours.
*For our first piece of artwork we used the Nikau Palm as our inspiration and created the amazing artwork you will see. We chose Nikau Palms because we see heaps of them when we travel to Punakaiki which is only 25 minutes
*First we blended our pastel colours for the background and then we painted the silhouette with black paint.
Some information about Nikau Palms
The Nikau palm is the southernmost member of the palm family, a group that is usually tropical or sub-tropical. There are over 1100 palm species around the world, including some of the world’s most useful plants such as the oil palm, banana, coconut, and sago palm. Although a number of palms have been introduced to New Zealand and are planted around our towns and gardens, the Nikau palm is our only native palm species. A Nikau palm usually grows about 10 to 15 metres tall. It is easy to recognise in the bush with its circular trunk, which is ringed with evenly spaced scars from fallen leaves. The fronds are up to three metres in length.
Two of the easiest places to see Nikau palms are Punakaiki in Paparoa National Park and Kohaihai at the start of the Heaphy track, where a mild climate encourages their growth year-round.