Maui and the Sun- Art

This artwork was completed with a Year 1 & 2 class as part of a Māori Myths and Legends unit. We read “How Maui Slowed the Sun” by Peter Gossage and did some drama activities before beginning this project.

You Will Need
Black A4 Paper
A4 Cartridge Paper
Hot glue/PVA


Before beginning our ‘good copy’, we looked closely at the images in Peter Gossage’s book and practised drawing the details on mini whiteboards. I took the time to draw the students attention to various details in the image, and we practised drawing koru shapes. When we started our artwork proper, each step was modelled on the whiteboard as a reminder.

  1. On A4 cartridge paper, students use pencil to draw a circle and surround it with flames (the ‘sun’s hair’). Next we added in the big features- mouth, eyes, nose- before beginning to draw in the details.
  2. Discuss/demonstrate/practise the ways in which pastels can be blended together to make a more interesting effect (and fill in any white gaps that might be peaking through).
  3. Begin pastel work. Encourage use of blending techniques as practised.
  4. Cut out sun and glue to black paper.
  5. Cut lengths of string (approximately 30cm) and give bundles of 8-12 to each student. Knot/plait the string to make the ropes that caught the sun. The majority of my students knotted the string rather than plaiting as they found that easier.
  6. Rub brown or green pastel over the ropes to make them look more like harakeke/flax. We used our fingers to rub the pastel into the ropes to make it look aged.
  7. The students positioned their ropes over the sun as desired, and I used hot glue to attach them. We were really happy with the finished pieces and they look great displayed on the classroom wall!

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