Art makes us human. It is a vital part of our life and inspires creativity. Kidsfirst Pitcairn Crescent embrace the opportunity to create a mural reflecting their indigenous local and New Zealand landscape...
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Learning and engaging in the local area is what kindergarten is all about. This term at Kidsfirst Pitcairn Crescent there was a lot of discussion with children and families about their local community.
They have learnt what their Bryndwr area looks like in its flora, fauna and wildlife. And that Bryndwr means ‘the brink of the water.’
Kindergarten parent Erin, offered to come and talk to the children about painting a mural on the sandpit fence, that would be meaningful and reflect their local environment and the community.
The children were consulted on ideas around local plants and animal life. As a group they discussed what animals and plants were indigenous to the area and to the whole of New Zealand. Phase One had begun.
An inspired, collaborative draft mural plan featured beautiful birdlife – the shy kiwi, booming kakapo, iconic kingfisher, flitting piwakawaka (fantail), our little parrot kākāriki and the distinctive, large blue-green kereru (wood pigeon).
Insects to land on the page included a weta, grasshopper, monarch butterfly and honey bee, with the backdrop of the totara, cabbage and kowhai trees. All set against the Avon River and Port Hills landscape.
The children were all very excited to start phase two of creating their local flora and fauna inspired mural. Erin had already purchased and collected the wooden boards and paint brushes from Mitre 10 and tester pots of coloured paint were donated from Resene.
To begin the tamariki helped to seal the large, wooden boards with an undercoat applied in white. Many of the children ended up more well covered than the boards! Thankfully they had come prepared dressed in old clothes for painting.
With a myriad of the many coloured tester paint pots, the children covered the boards in any colours they liked. Paint brushes and hands were used as creative catalysts to create their art.
Once the base coats had dried, Erin set about drawing the black outlines of the planned design onto the boards. The tamariki watched with great interest.
The outline in place, our young artists were let loose with the different coloured paints. Vivid blues, bright orange and pinks with muted greens and browns. Some of the many different shades of nature turned into a Kidsfirst Pitcairn Crescent mural masterpiece.
This was a true reflection of collaborative work by the children, with fantastic parent support to lead the project. It is now proudly displayed for all the community to see as they walk past the kindergarten or come and visit.
“The children are enjoying showing off their art work to each other and to their families,” Teacher, Libby Avery explains.
“They are able to identify and name the native birds and plants as well as tell people the part of the mural that they artistically contributed to.”
There is a real sense of belonging at kindergarten and for the children to now see their very own mural artwork, proudly displayed in their outside environment for all to see, really strengthens this.
Can you spot the local creatures amongst the natives?
Vivid blues, bright orange and pinks with muted greens and browns - some of the many different shades of local flora and fauna depicted in a Kidsfirst Pitcairn Crescent mural masterpiece.
The beautiful collaborative mural - featuring native plant, bird and insect life set against an Avon river and Port Hills landscape - now sits proudly on the kindergarten sandpit fence.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.