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Who Art Thou? Poetry and Art

Instructor: Angela McGuire

Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

04/06/17 – 06/08/17 (Most supplies covered in lab fee)


An immersion into the world of poetry and Art.
Lesson 1
Finding Peace in Bedlam
Students will read poem and discuss their interpretations. Students will describe peace in
colors, types of lines, symbols and situations. The same will be done for bedlam.
On a 9×9 square of watercolor paper, students will illustrate bedlam. Use permanent markers,
colored pencils and watercolor. Cover the entire square, focusing on the border. Set this aside.
Take the 4×4 square and illustrate peace with symbols, lines, colors, or objects.
While the pieces dry, discuss why it is important to have a peaceful place inside you. How can
we achieve that? Ask, “What is the one thing we have the ability to control?” People who always
want to control everything around them will never have peace.
Glue the peace square in the center of the bedlam.

Lesson 2
Doors of Opportunity
Students will read and discuss poem. I will ask what the literal purpose of doors is. Students will
be asked about metaphorical doors and what they stand for. We will briefly discuss opportunities
missed for not taking the next step and how this has been a good and not so good thing.
Referring back to the poem, students will be asked to illustrate which door they would choose to
open. Ask them to explain their reasoning. Use colored pencil markers and finish off with
watercolor if desired.
Ask students to think about what they will find when they open the door…….take the
opportunity. Is it what they expected? There will be a flap of paper to open. Here, they will
illustrate what they find. This can be reflected with colors and lines, or symbols. It does not have
to be LITERALLY what they find. Use markers and colored pencils.
Discuss how we can shut the door and back out if we want to, but that sometimes this can be
difficult to do.

What a Mirror Says
Read and discuss poem. What do they see when they look in the mirror? What do others see
when they look at them? How is a mirror like the cover of a book or the outside of a box?
Students will be given a plain box with a mirror glued on top. Decorate the box with the
emotions they have about their appearance or how others perceive them from the outside. Use
acrylic paint. Write phrases about physical appearance if desired such as, “I am tall.”
Set boxes aside. On pieces of paper, write the things about yourself that others don’t see.
Maybe you wish they did. Maybe you are glad they don’t. Write things you want to achieve, and
are maybe still working on.
How is this mirrored box like you?
Lesson 4
Students will read and discuss poem.
How are the world, nature, and all living things part of the same puzzle? Give each student a
puzzle piece and ask them to compare. Notice none of them are alike, but all necessary. Ask if
they have ever almost completed a puzzle and then realize a piece is missing. How did they
Each student will be given six separate puzzle shaped pieces of paper. Each piece should be
colored uniquely, and NOT to match the other five pieces.
When the pieces are put together, the shapes will match, but the designs and colors will not.
Glue the pieces to fit on the square piece of cardboard provided.
How is this puzzle like ourselves and the world?
Lesson 5
Life Is……..

Read the poem about Life metaphors. Discuss how life is like each of the things listed. Talk
about the positive and negative things in life and how they could be represented with other
Have the students write a couple of “Life is” metaphors for themselves.
On a 5×5 piece of tile or wood, Students will paint one of their metaphors with acrylic paint. Hey
may paint the words on the surface if they wish.
Ask students to share and explain their work if they choose.