Friday, July 20, 2012

Brown Brother

Joshua Iosefo is a boy of pacific nation, who is a prefect at Mt Roskill Grammar. He wrote a poem about stereotypes and discrimination against pacific islanders. He then shared that speech the with the whole of Mt Roskill Grammar, his speech was recorded, then put on YouTube.

The poem ‘Brown Brother’, included many stereotypes. Stereotypes is labeling a whole group with certain characteristics. Within the poem it included stereotypes such as, never graduating from college, dropping out, teen pregnancy and many more. You can believe in a stereotype or not but just because everyone else is doesn't mean you have too.

This speech inspired me to do more because I'm a pacific islander,- don’t be scared to dream big, achieve, believe and succeed. I can do whatever in the future, but I have to believe in myself to make those dreams come true.

Precious McKenzie

Precious McKenzie the weightlifter, was preparing himself mentally for the final lift. The weight of the bar showed no mercy and brought tension to his body.  As muscles grew taunt his veins were bulging, with struggle to continue. reaching towards the end he was determined to succeed.

Sylvia and Jarna accompanied me on completing these paragraphs.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ina Te Papatahi

For this term the topic is Art Alive, and we have been focusing on the artist Charles Fredrick Goldie in extension. The goal was to reproduce a painting of Charles Fredrick Goldie. Above is my version of the painting Ina Te Papatahi painted in 1910. Ina Te Papatahi was painted using a canvas and oil paint, but my reproduced version was done digitally. I would like to find out more about the moko on the chin, I believe the moko tells a story.

I observed very closely at all the detail in the painting like the blanket, moko, wrinkles, shading and  the background. All these features in the painting were quite difficult to reproduce. The hardest stage was colouring in the hair and background, as you can see I have used multiple colours.  I used the colour wheel on Hyperstudio to get the right colours, I had to be focused to get the right colours, but in the end I did.

Charles Fredrick Goldie painted Ina Te Papatahi and many other Maori people. Why? He wanted to preserve the Maori culture and he did that through painting. Paintings can last over 100 years, infact the painting Ina Te Papatahi is 102 years old.