Mood in Poetry and Art

Mood in Poetry and Art

Students are introduced to free-verse poetry and selected art reproductions, showing how feelings and moods are expressed in both art and poetry. Students complete three abstract-type paintings focusing on mood expressed through color, and write a “feelings” poem.

Grade 2
Content Area Language Arts
Key Benchmark LA 2.5.1: Choose and maintain a focus in a single piece of writing

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA 2.1.2: Use color to convey mood in works of art
School Year 2008-2009
Artist Heather Scarbrough
Unit Plan

GLO 2 - Effective Communicator
Assessment Art Form – Showing an understanding of how warm and cool colors correlate to mood in artwork Writing – Ability to write a free-verse poem that clearly expresses a feeling GLO – Other students can identify the intended feeling in a student’s poem and/or painting :

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Free-Verse Poetry

Students are introduced to free-verse poetry through discussion of examples of 2nd graders’ poetry displayed on an overhead projector. They also listen to some students’ poems from the book, Wishes, Lies and Dreams by Kenneth Koch. Next they are guided through some poetry-writing exercises, and finally they create a collaborative poem in which each line begins with the phrase, “I wish.”

LP 2 Writing in Free-Verse

Discussion of free-verse poetry continues, including looking at examples of other children’s poems on the overhead projector. Students are asked what they already know about poetry. Then each student writes an “I wish” poem, following the structure of the collaborative poem created in Lesson 1. At the conclusions of the class, students are invited to read their poems out loud.

LP 3 Feelings in Poetry

As poems written by young students are discussed in this lesson, the focus is on the feelings or mood being expressed. A list of “feelings” words is generated and recorded on chart paper. Then students are asked to chose an experience in which they felt very happy and share with their partner. The artist shares an example of her own, and then demonstrates how she can turn her feelings about that event into a free-verse poem. Students then try writing a “happy poem.” At the conclusions of the class, students are invited to read their poems out loud. This is a very brief introduction to this topic. If teachers want to continue, they can have students try writing several more poems, each one focused on a different feeling, and then choose the one they like best for use in the next part of this Unit.

LP 4 Mood in Visual Art

Students look at various large art reproductions, and discuss what colors are used, noticing warm and cool colors, and also, discuss how the pictures make them feel. They discover that visual artists express feelings or mood, just as poets do. Students are given paper and paints and shown how to work in an abstract style, using warm and cool colors to create a mood. At the end of the session, several paintings are viewed to see what mood has been conveyed.

LP 5 Combining Poetry and Art

Students again look at art reproductions and discuss how the pictures make them feel. Students listen to some poems, discuss what feelings are being expressed and what colors they would use to accompany those poems. Then each student chooses one of the poems and paints an abstract work to accompany the poem. At the conclusions of the class, students are invited to read the poems out loud while the artist holds up the student’s painting.

LP 6 Creating a Duet of Poetry and Art

Prior to this session, students choose the best of the mood poems they have written, and write it out on special paper. Then each student makes a painting to accompany his/her own poem, making the painting reflect the feelings in the poem. At the end of the session, each student is encourage to read his/her own poem while the artist shows the painting, or hold his/her painting while the artist reads the poem.

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Students look at art reproductions for indications of mood
Student mood painting
Student mood painting
The artist gives a quick demonstration of the day’s task
Students at work
A student works on a painting to accompany her poem
Students at work
Final work of individual students