We learnt about ANZAC Day and what it means. Miss Woodcock read us a number of stories about ANZAC Day.

We especially liked the stories ANZAC Ted (Belinda Landsberry) and My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day (Catriona Hoy).


Painting the Sky

We learnt that the poppy is the symbol of ANZAC Day.


Isaac helping Arley dye his paper

Making poppies gave us the chance to think more about the soldiers and we were able to use our newly learnt art techniques to create different types of poppy art.


Adding poppies using paintbrushes

Our first piece of art involved us painting poppies onto a dyed background. We needed to think about dividing the space on the paper into thirds - one-third was dyed green to represent the grass and the other two-thirds was dyed blue for the sky. After that had dried we painted on the poppies using either a paintbrush or thumbprints and then added green stems and black centres.


Cutting the Stems

Our second creation was a paper collage piece. We used our drawing skills to draw poppies and stems, then we cut them out. We were learning about positioning. For this art, we needed to make sure our poppy stems were sitting on the edge of the paper or it would look like they were floating in the air.


Drawing and cutting stems

We also cut out and painted some salt dough poppies. Emily and Taylor met Miss Woodcock at the ANZAC Civil Service so we could place these poppies onto the Taupo War Memorial.


Deciding what looks best


Positioning the stems


Completed Poppy collage

As well as practising and learning art techniques were are also focussing on using our hand and arm muscles correctly. Drawing, painting, colouring, dying and cutting all use muscles and we need to strengthen these muscles. Creating art is a fun way to strengthen our muscles.


At ANZAC service laying our poppies

9. At ANZAC service laying our poppies