Sumi-e Illustrations of Haiku

Sumi-e Illustrations of Haiku

Students will be introduced to a Japanese brush painting technique called Sumi-e. They will illustrate an original haiku poem written in their Japanese language class.

Grade Middle School
Content Area World Languages
Key Benchmark WL.IS.6-8.4.2: Describe the meanings of various cultural activities and how they are practiced.

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA 6-8.1.2: Apply selected elements and principles of art & design to communicate a particular message in an original work of art
School Year 2006-2007
Artist Ellen Crocker
Unit Plan

Assessment Did the student effectively communicate the meaning of the haiku in the painting?:

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Introduction to Sumi-e

Students are introduced to the tools of Sumi-e painting—their names and uses. They begin thinking about their haiku poems, and how to simplify their ideas into white, black, and grey tones.

LP 2 Layout Design

Students design the layout of the painting and how the haiku text will fit into it. They continue exploring the Sumi-e technique, learning how to connect with the brush and fill it properly with ink and water.

LP 3 Final Paintings

Students do the final painting, incorporating the haiku.

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Introduction to Sumi-e
Layout Design
Final Paintings