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Wavescapes

 

One really great thing about living in Australia is its incredible coastline. After all, it is an island continent. 

Coastal plants are sources of shelter and food for many animals. One significant tree is the palm. Many urban gardens have small palms growing that shed their fronds (leaves). The fronds get sent to the rubbish tip as garden waste however they may be an interesting resource for art projects.

In this case we are looking at the basic element - the base part of fallen fronds. They take on wonderful curving shapes not unlike the curve of a wave on the shore.

NB Safety

Consider if students will use garden tools or how they will be supervised by an adult

 

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You will need:

  • One or more small palm frond bases (avoid fronds with spikes)
  • Strong secateurs (garden clippers), possibly a small saw, and sharp scissors
  • Gauche paints (White, blue, and green hues)
  • Glue gun
  • Aquarium floss or cotton wool
  • A place to mount & display your sculpture

 

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What to do:

  • Spend some time looking for the shape you want to use for your wave(s)
  • Cut to the size needed
  • Paint the waves in blues and greens
  • Arrange floss foam on curling surf and secure
  • Use glue gun to mount on a base or to glue multiple waves together

Class discussion

  • What colour is the sea?
  • Why can the sea's colour look different? (may have to do with the colour of the sky)
  • What are other names we give to the colour of the sea eg aqua

If you don't have easy access to palm fronds, why don't you think about how paper towel roll tubes might be able to turn into some raging surf?

 

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