Select an grade level appropriate poetry style and have students write a poem or riddle that explains what the work is about.
Some poem styles to choose from might be…
Use the name in the artwork or artist to tell the reader more about it / him or her.
Ex. based on Georgia O’Keefe
Girl painting in the desert
Enlarged and Exaggerated
Opening of a flower
Gross bones no more
In full bloom
Abstracts of nature
Write a word or statement, or descriptor, for each letter of the alphabet, based on a work of art.
*This could make a great art making lesson where each letter is translated into a page of an alphabet book based on the artist or artwork.
EX. based on Roy Lichtenstein’s "Mermaid"
|Photo taken by Michele Comp: Storm King, 2014|
A shore it sits
Boat out of water
Dancing on the water
Eager to swim away …
Looking at a work of art or a body of work describe and interpret it using the five line cinquain poem format…
Title (noun) - 1 word
Description - 2 words
Action - 3 words
Feeling (phrase) - 4 words
Title (synonym for the title) - 1 word
Ex. based on the sweet treats of Wayne Thiebaud
Timing Tempting Tasting
Melts in your mouth
Looking at a work of art or a body of work describe and interpret it though the 5 senses describing what it looks like, feels like, sounds like, smells like, and tastes like.
Ex. Based on Rene Magrittes “The Postcard”
The Postcard looks like a gloomy shadow cast over a dull mountain landscape
The Postcard feels like clammy hands in my pockets
The Postcard sounds like an eerily still day only hearing the ringing of my own ears
The Postcard smells like sweet like apple
The Postcard tastes like the dry inside of my mouth
Inspired by “In 1492…” students will write their own poems using rhyming to explore a work of art.
Ex. Based on Hanri Matisse's "Harmony in Red"
In 1908 a woman did not stay up late
early to bed early to rise, setting the table each fruit by size
Trees of white, chair in the light
Prepared in advance, so that she might be able to dance.
|Photo compliments of: http://www.wikiart.org/en/henri-matisse/harmony-in-red-1908|
Looking at a work of art describe and interpret it though a simple shape. For example if looking at Munch’s “The Scream” one might write around the head, hands, and body describing the emotion, feeling, and meaning of the painting.
These poem forms and more, fit for elementary students can be found at Poetry for Kids: http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html