Making a Poetry Quilt

Making a Poetry Quilt

Before the artist comes in, the teacher will guide students in thinking about how to use language to express mood. Students will write original poems about a color and choose one to contribute to a class poetry quilt. Their poems are copied onto transparencies, which are then laminated onto painted backgrounds. These squares are then sewn together to create a poetry quilt. With the artist, students will create a watercolor background for their original poems, using what they learn about color mixing and warm and cool colors to match the mood of their poems.

Grade 2
Content Area Language Arts
Key Benchmark LA 2.4.1: Write in a variety of formats for a variety of purposes and audiences

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark 2.1.2: Use color to convey mood in works of art
School Year 2006-2007
Artist Cherokee Shaner
Unit Plan

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Color Mixing

Colors placed side by side on wet paper show students that when colors mix, they create new colors. The class will discuss primary and secondary colors on a color wheel and then mix colors purposefully on several other paintings.

LP 2 Warm and Cool Colors

Students will be led in a discussion to match colors with objects from nature and link these to different emotions. Then they will do paintings using primarily warm or cool colors. Line is also introduced as an element of mood and emotion—with students noticing that horizontal lines are soothing and curving or jagged lines are exciting

LP 3 Backgrounds for the Poems

Students review techniques learned and then create several paintings using the wet-on-wet technique with warm or cool colors. Students will select one of these paintings as a background for their previously written color poems.

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Lesson 3 - Backgrounds for the Poems
Lesson 3 - Backgrounds for the Poems
Lesson 3 - Backgrounds for the Poems
Lesson 3 - Backgrounds for the Poems