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KORU ART

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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: K-12 | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Written by: Kim Lannon
[Kim is a teacher from New Zealand]]
Summary:

Children will become familiar with the Maori Koru designs.
Children will be encouraged to use pastels effectively.
The koru is the Maori name given to the new unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Introduce the children to Maori Koru designs through Maori Legends.
  2. Look at ferns (or pictures of ferns) and discuss their shape as they unfold.
  3. Spend a few days on practicing forming a koru shape on newsprint with crayons. Get children to draw one large koru then little korus attached to the large one. Let them experiment and do as many as they wish. Every time they draw a line, they should draw a double line instead of a single one (see examples above).
  4. When ready, children draw a large koru on the cartridge paper, using chalk. Then they draw some little ones attached to the large one. Every time they draw a line, they should draw a double line instead of a single one (see examples above).
  5. Let the children choose two oil pastel colors. These will be used to fill in the designs.
  6. The first color is for inside the korus. The second color is for all the gaps. (Tip: Use a small piece of newsprint to rest their hand/arm on so there is no smudging). The areas within the double lines should remain clear of pastels. These areas will be filled in with black dye later on.
  7. Once all the oil pastels areas are colored in, wash the black dye over the entire piece. The double lines will appear black.

About The Koru

The koru is the Maori name given to the new unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos. Source: Wikipedia.com

Recommended Books/Products:

The Maori of New Zealand
by Steve Theunissen
Theunissen was born and raised in New Zealand, and has been a lifelong student of Maori and Pacific Island culture and history. This highly pictorial offering introduces the history, cultural traditions, and current lifestyles of the Maori. The scope of the book is broad, and the content under each topic is brief but clear. Full-color photographs and reproductions appear on every spread. A "Finding Out More" section and a glossary with a pronunciation guide are appended. ~School Library Journal



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