Many of Romare Bearden's paintings have song titles - you could find
lyrics for them (although some might just be instrumental - not sure
The five senses poem would be a good one to write looking at Bearden's
work. Many of his works appeal all of the senses. You will find many
Five Senses works listed in Artcyclopedia, too (older still life
How about Found Poetry? Poem made up from headlines cut from the newspaper?
Students could glue their "Found Poetry" to drawing paper and
illustrate around it. The text becomes part of the composition.
My husband did a unit on Protest Poetry (Found Poetry). He used lyrics
from songs (mainly from 60s and 70s). This unit was for high school.
Student did very well with that unit - came up with some great social
comment poetry. Of course, he played the music while students worked
(that was back in the days when you could download music and get away
with it - grin. My son made the CDs for him).