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Friday, July 25, 2008

Poetry Friday--Pictures and Poetry

The poet Amy Lowell once defined art as, "the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."

I believe that art can also be a response to other art. Today, I'd like to recommend a book that takes this concept and runs with it. Activities for Creating Pictures and Poetry by Janis Bunchman and Stephanie Briggs [J 759 BUN] is a book designed for students and teachers. It pairs artists and poets in chapters. For example, one chapter deals with architect Frank Lloyd Wright and poet Walt Whitman. In the chapter is a short biography and photo of each, and a sample of their work. There is an activity called "Rural and Urban Landscapes," an explanation of similes, a short student poem, and a section called, "Making the Connection" where the commonalities of the two artists are highlighted.

This is a fantastic resource, and I recommend it highly!

Borrow one of our many books on art movements and individual artists--you're sure to be inspired! (For a basic book of art, look for Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces [759 BEC] by Sister Wendy Beckett.)

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