Saturday, February 14, 2009

A tribute to Leece, lets see how it is done.


Meet the artist Leece Prince and her gorgeous daughters.


What an amazing lady your are Leece and thanks for your colourful outline of the process, it will help others appreciate that this was done in the last week before Christmas, and yes I can promise that I applied 2 more layers of polyurathane.

In Leece's words-

1. Meet the crew to discuss need and wants for the Mural and get a feel for what is needed....

2. put a few sketches down on paper real quick and give myself a feel for what I will be drawing....., show this to the team and hope to hell it is what they want or back to the drawing board...lol...In your case it was all good...

3. Decided on the board medium and paint, discussed form and function ....etc....

4. Undercoated the board with the Mud colour or Nuhaka ....

5. While the paint is still wet I free handed the overall pic and used the sketch as my base drawing...added and subtracted till the pic looked felt balance...

6. Added no more nails in a Pen (tube form) to highlight the things that needed to have a three D affect.......It is like a boarder that the paint would then fill!!!!!

7. Working very quickly used a 30min set plaster tub feels like thickened cream to apply to the board....add curves and depth with this....
Show the crew what is happening so far.....Move the Mural out of the lounge before hubbie has seen I had it in there!!!!!!LOL...

8. The plaster is dry....with a rag take off the rough bits and see what has stuck and what has not...either apply more plaster or take it off..

9. Apply the first layers of colour...was good to use the poster paint...as this went further and didn't seem to take to the plaster in full colour which was a good shading tool....

10. Fully add the base colours.... add the other elements....Tuis berries flax....

11. Change and rearrange things to enhance the balance an tone of the pic....try to spend time with hubbie!!! LOL...

12..More show and tell with the team...I have to have feedback when working with something like this , as it is in fluid motion and as you saw changed many times before the mountains and the dolphin and farewell spit finally made the cut!!..:)

13. Add shading to the base pic...

14. More colour

15. More shading

16. More of both...

17. Lucky last show to the staff....they were happy tear full and very generous with there praise....

18. Used a Marine heavy grade Polyurethane three coats of this and then out it went for the final resting place at your house Lynne where you should have applied one or two more coats....

19. Its up and looks really great and vibrant in the kindy like it has always been a part of your village.!!!!!!!

20. Very humbling to drive past and see it up, my daughters busily tell people mummy did this and still brings a little proud tear to my eye. Kia Kaha Nayland team, thank you for this opportunity...LeeceX

The 2009 blog explosion


The stage has been set for teachers to become active participants on the Nayland Kindergarten blog and for a number of the children and families blogs to be started as a life long record of their child's learning at kindergarten. We have the big picture in view as we have had discussions about the blog then transitioning over to school. Those decisions would then belong to each individual family and the school.

We have started the year off with an amazing piece of artwork up on display on the outside wall. Leece Prince made our thoughts, feelings and ideas real, along with her expertise as an artist it became a reality. We are so grateful for Leece taking on such a huge responsibility just before christmas and for keeping us connected as she worked with such passion and enthusiasm.

In the next blog I would love to show you our wonderful artist Leece and also the huge amount of work that went into this amazing piece of art. Must say that I am really keen to give it a go, and Leece has offered her expertise so that I can again be the learner.

We love it Leece, it gives Nayland Kindergarten a rich identity for who we are to our community, the wider community and beyond.
This year children and teachers at Nayland Kindergarten have been looking at art, talking about art and creating art.. To celebrate the creative journey of children and teachers as artists we decided to hold an art exhibition.

Nayland teachers value children's art as serious work. Children's art is a way for them to express how they feel, think and view the world. Research is showing that creativity is just as important as numeracy and literacy. Our 21st century learners should be given every opportunity to be innovative with both technology and the visual arts to prepare for a future and jobs that are yet to be invented.

Most children naturally engage in and enjoy some form of art as was evident in the variety of art mediums displayed in the exhibition. Teachers and children have learnt that visual art occurs in all areas of the kindergarten and not limited to an art table.

By giving children opportunities to revisit and reflect on their art work they develop the ability to self assess their work and plan what to do next, sometimes this is with teachers guidance . Throughout these processes children develop a sense of what counts as good work for themselves. They take control of the process and determine the end product. Teachers celebrate the way children have become the teachers throughout many of the art process activities. The teachers acknowledge the process of creating is what is most important and not what is actually created. However the end product is seen as a taonga, a treasure, that must be respected and valued.

This is an amazing celebration of the Nayland Kindergarten artists and with 200+ visitors on the day of the exhibition it was a day to remember for all.