One of my all time favorite lessons was with three classes of third graders. I separated them into groups of four. Each group analyzed a reproduction (the large Shorewood) for art elements and principals AND for story. Then they wrote free verse poems about them. We displayed the reproductions and poems in the halls. The poems became part of a poetry book in which students wrote different poetry forms of their own. Each child had two pages of their own in the books. We illustrated the covers with drawings on watercolor paper with watercolor pencils. Those drawings were part of a drawing on the right side of the brain lessons. They drew real flowers using contour lines (no backgrounds and no vases, ground) The finished product was lovely. There were also line drawings inside for some poems as well as concrete poems. Hope you can visualize this.
Linda W. in OK
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From: christine kotarsky
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2002 3:32 PM
Subject: art and poetry
I am currently taking a class on teaching poetry to children. My assignment is to create 3 lessons plans that integrates art and poetry. While searching the internet I saw an artist who did poetry murals, and another who incorporated poetry into paintings.
Has anyone done a lesson that integrated poetry on the elementary level? Please share
Thanks in advance