Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The hobbit: The battle of five armies

Alas, the movie: The hobbit was finally out on viooz and I couldn't wait to watch it. At first it was a bit of a blur but I didn't mind, I just wanted to watch the movie. A few minutes into the movie I realized it was Spanish and I got sooo angry and I just watched penguins of Madagascar.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Hurtful Day

I wake up slightly dizzy in the morning, I felt sleepy but still wide awake and the feeling it was giving me was weird. I got up had and did my usual thing, look for the computer as I was searching the room I thought I saw what I was looking, not sure what if I were correct I bent down and pow. My lips felt lumpy painful, I quickly rushed toward the mirror and my lips was bleeding. A few days later I it cept getting dry. I told my sister about it and she laughed, I regretted looking for the computer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Future asperations

On a Wednesday morning at Pt England there is a program called future aspirations. There are some people here see us and there names where Anthony Sameuls, Paula Fakalata, and amelia Unufe. They were telling us about there journey to how they got they're jobs, It was quite entertaining and funny.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Kowhaiwhai (From Auckland Museum) 12+

What is Kowhaiwhai?

Kowhaiwhai are beautiful painted design patterns. At first, kowhaiwhai patterns can be viewed as decoration only, but closer examination shows that they involve sophisticated mathematical precision.  These patterns include symmetry, rotation, reflection and translation.

The koru or pitau is the most basic design element of kowhaiwhai. These are curving stalks with bulbs at one end. They bear a striking resemblance to the young shoot of a native fern.

After the koru or pitau, the next main motif or pattern of kowhaiwhai is the crescent or kape. This  is characterised by a line of evenly placed white circles on the outer edge of the crescent.

The koru or pitau and the kape, are all that make up the list of basic kowhaiwhai motifs. However when used in various combinations these two patterns can create many varying designs of incredible depth.

1. Why does it say that kowhaiwhai are more than just decoration?
Because it say’s in the text (At first, kowhaiwhai patterns can be viewed as decoration only, but closer examination shows that they involve sophisticated mathematical precision)
2. Describe the two main patterns of kowhaiwhai?
The koru or pitau and the kape

An Artform

Stories that explain the origin of kowhaiwhai all say that it is an art form secondary in importance to  woodcarving (whakairo) and tattooing (ta moko). When kowhaiwhai is compared to wood-carving and tattooing, there are several contrasts.  Apart from the obvious differences of how they are created, kowhaiwhai is seen as something more temporary. It is not seen as having  lasting value, so requires no special ritual and no formal training. It is considered to be a common (noa) activity and so therefore, can be carried out by anyone.

The colours red, black and white are often the only colours that appear in kowhaiwhai patterns. Red was obtained by mixing red ochre with shark-liver oil.  Black paint was made by mixing shark oil with powdered charcoal. For white paint, taioma or pipeclay was burned then pulverised and mixed with oil.
3. Why is kowhaiwhai seen as less important than whakairo and ta moko?
(When kowhaiwhai is compared to wood-carving and tattooing, there are several contrasts.  Apart from the obvious differences of how they are created, kowhaiwhai is seen as something more temporary)
4. Do you think whakairo and ta moko was carried out by anyone?
Yes because it say’s in the text (can be carried out by anyone)

One oral account from Ngati Kahungunu, traces the origin of both wood-carving and kowhaiwhai. It tells us that:

When Whiro, Haepuru and Haematua climbed up to the second heaven to obtain carvings for their house, they were told by one of the gods that the art of decorating houses with wood carvings had already been taken away by their younger brothers. Whiro and his two friends complained to the god that they could not go begging to their younger brothers for the art, so the god showed them how to embellish a house with painted designs.
Whiro and the others then descended and adorned their own house with painted designs.( Best (1982:287-8…)

5. Why couldn't Whiro, Haepuru and Haemata get carvings for their house?

6a. sophisticated

Look at these words in the article and see if you can work out their meaning from the context. Then look up and write down the definition from the dictionary

Precision- The aim, the state or quality of being precise.
Resemblance- forming art, the state or fact of resembling; similarity.
Motif- (a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work)
Secondary- the next step, (next after the first in order, place, time,)
Temporary- a reason for something, (lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent)
Pulverised- (reduce to fine particles)
Obtained- (get, acquire, or secure (something)
Embellished- (make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features)
Adorn- (make more beautiful or attractive)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Toi Uri

On week one of term four Ms Tito introduced us to a new game called ‘Toi Uri’. It’s a fun and exciting game when you have four dots on each side of the field and both teams have to try and get all four dots on top of each other. The aim of the game is to pass the key and use it wisely.

Firstly, to score a dot you have to have one of your team members standing on one of the dots of the opposite teams side once they’ve arrived, try and give them the ball but don’t get too close because there’s a limit between you and the scorer. Also don’t throw it too high or won’t be a score because if the scorer catches it in mid air and then lands on the dot, it’s a no goal.

Next thing you need to know is the key. The key is everything in the game, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you’ll find out, The key is the ball, the reason why it’s called the key is because it’s thrown around a lot and to throw it you need to communicate a lot with your team mate.

To find out more about this game, then search it up on google or youtube, it’s your choice. Also the game is called Toi Uri, it’s a maori game that my teacher taught me. It’s really cool and I prefer you to try it out and try to get in the game. Don’t just stand around and be a statue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Immersion Assembly

First day of school again, I wake up in the morning nice and fresh. I get to school just in time. I walk in to class ready to pumped into the morning, I was exited about immersion assembly because you never know what the teachers have ready for you. The topic was art attack, when we got inside there where speed painting being shown on the screen and I have to say, the graphics are amazing and the shades are spectacular.