If you visited Michael Parekowhai's show last month on a weekday, more than likely you shared the experience with a class load of children. We had almost a thousand kids from ten Christchurch schools come and see the exhibition and listen to the piano being played.
The schools' visits were supported by Telstra Clear who provided buses for the groups to come to the installation. Each class will also be treated to a follow-up art lesson at their school this month. So, I am returning to the ten schools that came on the buses and teaching a lesson based Michael's red piano, He Korero Purakau Te Awanui O Te Motu: A Story of a New Zealand River.
The students each make a paper waka (you'd smile at how many kids think I've turned up with a massive log and hammers and chisels) and decorating it with symbols, colours and patterns that tell a story about themselves, where they are from and who is important to them.