Visual Art

Kōanga : Let’s make Guardians!

Have you ever heard of a kaitiaki, the creatures that care for us, and our environment? Ever wondered what they might look like? What they eat or where they hang out?

  • Ages 10 - 14
  • Free
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  • Thu, 26 Oct at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 2 Nov at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 9 Nov at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 16 Nov at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 23 Nov at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 30 Nov at 4:30PM
  • Thu, 7 Dec at 4:30PM

These sessions get us using our imagination to make creatures, firstly through 2D exploration and then building up 3D wire creatures. These figures will be complete with skin, scales and fur that you create yourself through printmaking or collage methods.

First requirement is that you watch ‘The Never Ending Story’ and acquaint yourself with Falkor. Better yet delve into the story of Reipae and Reitu who flew upon a giant Karearea (Eagle) to rest on Maungarei (Mount Wellington). Perhaps you will be able to bring along a guardian story of your own?

Natalie Couch & Rangimarie McDowell

Natalie Couch is an established printmaker and painter whose work focuses on our connections to the tangible and intangible elements of our natural surroundings and our roles and responsibilities as kaitiaki (guardians).

Rangimarie McDowell is currently studying towards a Masters of Maori visual arts and her practice explores the similarities between Maori cosmology and scientific processes symbolised through the growing of crystals.

Natalie Couch & Rangimarie McDowell

Natalie Couch & Rangimarie McDowell

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board