Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kiwi Kick

The sky was dim, the air was cold and goose bumps started to appear on my arms. I stood in line waiting anxiously. “Finally,” I said as we arrived. Siting down our instructors Sandwich and Mike started to tell us about Kiwi Kick.

First we played a game called continuous tag which is when everyone is in, so when someone tags you, you have to bob down and wait to they get tagged so you can stand up again. If you both tag each other at the same time you have to play rock, paper, scissors and who ever lost had to sit down and wait.

The first skill we learnt was how to Drop Punt. They told us some phrases to help us get a better idea on how to drop punt. One of the phrases was laces away from faces. My partner was Vivienne. Then we learnt how to hand pass for this skill my partner was Mubasshira. What we did with this skill was we played a game where we had to try and hand pass through your partner's legs.
Next we learnt how to mark, marking in Kiwi Kick is when someone drop punts to you really high and you catch it then you get a free kick or pass. The first mark we learnt is called the chest mark, the chest mark is where you catch the ball in your chest area (my partner for these drills was Osana). Second was the high mark, high marking is when you catch the ball over your head. Last but not least my favourite mark of all is the speci mark, the speci mark is when you jump off one leg for the catch.
I have really been enjoying the past few sessions of Kiwi Kick lately because I have not only been learning a new sport but I have also been having lots and lots of fun learning it. I like to say a huge thank you to our tutor’s Sam, aka Samwich, Anita, Mike, aka Micky and Charlie that have been teaching us how to play Kiwi Kick, choice guys.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Weeping Woman' and 'Woman With A Hat'

Henri Matisse’s style of art was Fauvism, Fauvism is non-naturalistic colors. Pablo Picasso’s art of style was Cubism, Cubism is about different perspectives, Picasso did not only used Cubism he used much more styles of painting.

The same thing about these paintings are that they are both portraits of women and they both look unhappy, however their themes are very different. Henri Matisse’s painting ‘Woman with a Hat’ is a portrait of his wife. Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Weeping Woman’ is about a lady suffering from the 1950’s war.

Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Weeping Woman’ is made of different shades of yellow. While Henri Matisse’s painting ‘Woman with a hat’ is made of a multitude of colours and shading with them. The medium for Picasso’s painting is oil Matisse is the same type of medium as Picasso’s.

Both Henri and Pablo used bold lines in their paintings but Henri mostly had light lines around the face area. Pablo has only used sharp straight lines and shapes except for some curves on the fingers. While Henri’s lines and shapes are curved and bumpy. Pablo’s painting had lots of different perspectives while Henri’s painting has only one perspective which is the front part of the body.

I think their paintings are excellent and that they are both fantastic artists and will live on forever through their amazing talent. Rest in peace Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tragic Moment

On a beautiful Sunday morning my mum's women's soccer team had a very tragic thing happen to one of their players. First the game started it was going great because we were winning by one point. The back-line really struggled to get the ball out to their opponents half. Two goals later we started losing 2-1 to them.

Their coach Joe had a talk with them especially to the back-line. The second half began, now this is where the action happens, My mum was up front had the ball and was going around lots of players. "At last," I said to myself as she had finally got the second goal. So far it's a tie. 'WHOOSH' went the net as they scored once more.

Their team had got the ball again half way swinging one of our players had jumped into the air trying to block the ball. The opponent whacked the ball also wiping out our players legs. 'THUD' she fell to the ground with pain getting up once more. 'SLAM' she fell down again also hitting her head hard on the ground all of a sudden she started having a seizure.

Everyone started to panic and rushed towards her, "Water, water," they shouted as they struggled to find water. "Oh no,” I thought in my head, "I hope she's alright," they had finally found some water and hurried to get to her. Someone called the ambulance straight away. Waiting and waiting for the ambulance to come 7-11 minutes later they arrived.

Her family was really worried about her. This was the first time I have ever witnessed someone having a seizure. It was a very devastating time for our team and her family. I hope you get better soon and come back to the team.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Daniella Hulme's Journey

When Daniella was in her teenage years in Holland, she wanted to become an artist, but her parents were not supportive of her dream job. They held traditional views about what career pathway was appropriate for her. So she was a nurse for a couple of years instead.

Daniella met her future husband through nursing and emigrated to NZ. She got married and had children. Daniella’s husband supported her dream of being an artist so he got her into an art class to learn how to paint. It was through these art classes that she learnt the techniques of painting with oil. She liked the texture and the smell of the paint and how it gave her more time to work on her depth of colour.

Daniella's work is inspired by her husband's culture (Samoan) so the theme for the majority of her paintings are the pacific. She uses vibrant colours in her paintings because she likes to cheer people up and give people a sense of well-being.

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Daniella Hulme’s artwork Abundance is influenced by her husbands culture, Samoa. In order to portray happiness she used vibrant colours. All of the lines are strong, bold
and clearly seen.


Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh painted the Starry Night in the year 1889. His technique was to paint with short bold strokes. This texture made his paintings stand out,  look effective and create a sense of movement. Often the colours he used were vibrant which made it more exciting to look at.