Contemporary Whakairo Carving

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Blackwell

Students will explore their own whakapapa through a Te Ao Māori lens and research traditional and contemporary ‘Whakairo’ carving processes, in order to help them create a unique taonga for someone special in their life. They will engage in the design process to develop and simplify their ideas through the use of both handmade and digital processes. The art-making skills involved in this process are drawing, collage, wood-cutting, and painting. The final outcome is for the students to take home at the end of the course. (NB: This is not a traditional Māori carving course). This course is both a Year 10 and 12 elective and as a result it is a composite class made up of both year levels.

Recommended Prior Learning

Junior art modules/courses

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Approx cost $60


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