During the past few months, our learners have been able to learn about growing kalo (a very important local Hawai’ian plant), tending gardens, taking care of the ‘āina (the land/Earth). Classes have visited Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai at University of Hawaii to learn about the importance of the kalo to the local culture. They have squished leaves into mud, they have walked barefoot in the Lo’i patch, they have pounded poi; so it was fitting that we would work on poster designs for the first annual Kalo Festival Art Contest hosted by Ka Papa Lo’i ‘O Kānewai.
From Kindergarten through grade 5 learners took the time to think about why Mālama Hāloa (Taking Care of the Kalo) is so important to them, to the community and to Hawai’i.
Here are a few entries we delivered
And just when I was wondering what happened to the contest, an email appeared!
“Aloha mai e Kelli,
I hope you had a nice spring break! Mahalo for getting all your haumāna to participate in our 1st Annual Mālama Hāloa Keiki Art Contest. It was a huge success with almost 200 participating students from several schools. The panel of local artist chose Kaitlyn Tokunaga’s illustration as the art piece that exemplified Mālama Hāloa. They were impressed by her use of color and detailed parts of the kalo plant, as well as the different ways she showed how to care for Hāloa. A favorite of the panel was #4 how she showed “kalo is also special becuase you can make it again and again and again a lot of time.” Kaitlyn’s illustration was presented during the festival. Congratulations Kaitlyn!
Please see the attached flyer and lets organize a good day for us to come and do the ku’i kalo demonstration for Kaitlyn’s class.
Summer & Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai Staff”
And here is the winner, congrats to our own Kaitlyn!
Grade 3 looked at Georgia O’Keeffe and then used chalk pastels to create their own observational drawings.
Grade 1/2′s looked at book illustration and then created their own watercolor paintings to show what they are “most excited about…” the new school year or school building.
Kindergarten took a paintbrush for a walk on their paper and then used the Primary colors to mix new colors, just like Klee!
The specials schedule rotation is new this school year, it is a 5 week rotation and each special meets with a class for 1 week, 4 days in that rotation. This is great because the learners are able to really get into their work for the week.
In Kindergarten, we looked at the work of Klee and we “took our lines for a walk” on our papers! In this unit, we explored line, and primary colors to mix other colors.
In Grade 1/2, we looked at book illustrations from It’s Not Easy Being 5! and then created our own illustrations about what we are most excited about school! We are in a new building and for some this is a new school, so it seemed like a good start of the year unit to look at details in an illustration.
In Grade 3, we talked about emotions and feelings and then we created expression drawings using line and color to describe their emotions.
In Grade 4/5, learners looked at Pop Art to determine the significant characteristics in the artworks. After noting strong bold colors, use of pattern and simplifying details into shapes; learners attempt to transform photocopies of their photo into a Pop Art Portrait.
In Middle School, a fun first project is always a representational self portrait, use their name as a center or starting point and include details that describe who they are in a drawing. For an interesting twist, we went to the roof top gym to draw the skyline of the city from the new location to include in their final piece; My Honolulu.