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In Room 2 we are all about developing a lifelong passion for learning. Fostering our curiosity is our teacher, Mrs Wallace.
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Cats in the city... that was never the intention when I was told to pick a theme/artist for our Visual Arts week... in fact, I very earnestly wrote down that we would study Piet Mondrian (Abstract) and then later on changed my focus to art inspired by James Rizzi (who does colourful cityscapes). Mrs Fowler, however, had other ideas.
In a serendipitous moment, and because she was in rascal mode, she changed my theme to Cats (when I had Mondrian) and then later to Cats in the City (when I had decided on Rizzi). I did change it back (numerous times, believe me!) but, in the end I accepted that I could no longer prevail against her determined effort.
I relented and I'm pleased I did!
In poetry (Term 1) we spent a lot of time exploring juxtaposition - that's the placing of unlike things together to provide contrast - and so this project provided the perfect platform to revisit those ideas but in a visual art context.
The juxtaposition is happening in multiple ways: in the city that is monochrome, while the cat pops in colour, but also in the subject: the city is a symbol of man containing, controlling and altering the environment, while cats, although domesticated, can never been contained despite ongoing human effort. (For arguments against cats see Gareth Morgan! :-))
The kids are pretty stoked with their efforts, and I reckon they deserve to be. Guess this just adds to the mounting evidence that Room 2 really is the very best class at Sunnyhills School.
The colourful motifs were borrowed from the artwork of Heather Galler