Sunday, April 12, 2009

Concrete Poetry 1

The Good, The Bad, The 6th Grade
A compilation of original poems that will be displayed around the Middle School...

Inspired by Technically It's Not My Fault by John Grandits

This past week we completed two lessons around the idea of Poetry, specifically the poems that you wrote for Ms. Kemp in English class. Here is the basic idea: You have each written a series of poems. Based on the idea of a Concrete Poem, in art class you are going to develop a way to present your poem on the object that it is written about. For example: if you wrote about the toilet...well, somehow you are going to use the bathroom to present your poem. Or if you wrote about a door, you are going to wrap/cover the door so that you can write your poem all over it.

In class we talked about Concrete Poetry and gave it some definitions of our own:

  • It is a kind of poem that does not need rhyme
  • It takes the shape of what it is
  • It tells a story
  • It can be about anything
To plan and figure out how to present your Concrete Poem you are going to be working independently in a Studio style, following the Stages listed below. You will also be booking an appointment with me so that I can help you develop your idea and give you some tips about how to go about it.

Stage 1: Project Description
(Development Sketchbook)
  1. What type of Poem are you dealing with?
  2. What is the title of your Poem (this will also become the title of your Project Description)
  3. Write the Poem
  4. Write and description for your intended Art Piece
  5. Create a Dimension Chart - measure the size of the actual object you will be using and then scale the objects dimensions for your Scale Model
  6. Materials List
Stage 2: Illustration (Draw in your Development Sketchbook)

Stage 3: Scale Model (Make in Class)

Stage 4: Final Piece (Make in Class)