Telling Stories Through Art

Static images of sea creatures with tangled fishing nets around their fins started Room 12 students thinking about how they could create multimedia artworks to tell the story of pollution in our oceans.

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As kaitiaki, or guardians of our environment, this project was a logical next step for the Year 2 and 3 class, who had been exploring ecosystems.

 Big books and school journals explained the basics of climate change and introduced the causes of pollution around the world.

We should stop polluting the world and recycle and pick up our rubbish. The seal in my reading book had a fishing net around its neck.

We need to clean up the rubbish and not throw rubbish over fences or use CFCs. They are bad for the environment.

We should have more No Litter signs, and everyone should pick up their rubbish, so it doesn't go into the oceans.

We should take away everything that causes pollution. There are more storms, big floods and fires now.

Now we had some knowledge about polluting the oceans, we could begin our multimedia artworks.

A multimedia artwork is when you use more than one thing to tell a story. We used dye, recycled rubbish and collage to tell a story.

The students Success Criteria was

  • Include a sea creature as a focal point.
  • Use collage techniques.
  • Use recycled rubbish to tell the story of pollution in the ocean.

The collage took a long time because you had to make sure you had no white bits showing. We had to stuff the creature to make it look 3D.

We used blue and green dye to create the backgrounds and seaweed.

I used the hot glue gun to put fishing wire near my creature. Sometimes they get caught in fishing nets because people throw the nets into the ocean.

My turtle got stuck in the fishing net.

Abbie - My turtle got caught in the fishing net and he couldn't swim out of it. There was rubbish all around it.
Kim - My whale is caught by a lot of rubbish, and it is sinking down. It might drown.
Seb - My turtle is hiding in a cave. It has rubbish all around it.
Riley - My turtle had fishing net on its back.

Writing about our artworks

Students could choose to write from the point of view of a scientist or as if they were the sea creatures.

“Oh no, a man threw a net onto me,” said the turtle. “Can you please get the rubbish out of the water. I will die if you keep polluting the oceans.

By Abbie

“Oh no who threw this net. I am getting tangled. I think I could die.” I looked up and saw a strange looking boat. It looked strange because more rubbish was coming down from it to the sea floor. I am getting worried. I got trapped in some plastic. How can I get out of the plastic? I wriggled and wriggled and soon I got out and swam away.

By McKenzie

Humans are polluting the earth. We need to stop polluting the water and land. All animals are getting  hurt and some will die. Sharks don't get very  tangled in rubbish but  whales and turtles and other sea creatures do.

By Oliver

My whale is trapped in a fishing net, and it can't come up to breathe. It will die if someone  doesnt rescue it.

By Mack

Next steps

Students have learned a lot about the dangers the environment faces, and what can be done to help. They now understand what it means to be a kaitiaki or guardian of the environment.

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Gwen Bowler

Education has no beginning and no end. It ebbs and flows and is ever-changing. As an educator, it is my responsibility to instill a love of learning and an ability to adapt to an ever-changing world.

My teaching journey started at 40 when I retrained as a teacher after a career in journalism and many years as a stay-at-home mother. When we guide our students to be lifelong learners, we send them towards their next journey well-prepared for whatever life brings.


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