The Asian collection included in this resource spans paintings, woodblock prints, ceramics, screens, scrolls, costumes, textiles, puppetry and bronze sculptures from China, Japan, Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam and Indonesia from 2400 BC to the twenty-first century.Explore
Nominate one student to lead the class through this activity. He/she chooses an object from the painting and calls out an adjective or simile to describe it. The class responds with their guesses as to what is being described. The student continues until the correct object has been guessed.
Imagine you have stepped into the painting. What do your senses reveal? Complete these sentences individually and then share with the class:
(List four things for each line)
I can see…………………
I can smell ……………………
I can feel………………..
I can taste …………….
This activity requires that students have access to the poem Be Specific by Mauree Applegate.
It is available at: http://idiocrasiesoflanguages.blogspot.com/2007/10/be-specific.html
Find three adverbs to describe movement in the painting. For example: The cranes danced delicately, daintily or elegantly.
Poetry is like art – it allows us to see something in a different way. Its impact can be powerful and immediate.
“A poem is a painting that is not seen;
A painting is a poem that is not heard”
Phoebe Hesketh, A poem is a Painting, Page 7, Picture Poems, Benton, M and P, Hodder and Stoughton, 1997
Working with a format can be a non-threatening way of starting to write poetry for students who haven’t written in this genre before.
Write a rondelet poem inspired by Pine with cranes dancing in the snow, dance in motion, 2000 and the ideas and descriptions you created in the Language Starters activities.
In nature’s theatre cranes perform
Dancing and diving like a kite
Bathed in stillness before the storm
An ancient tree smiles on the scene
The heart of winter
Frost flowers on my window
A fire burning bright.
In the dappled morning light
A spring dragonfly.
These poems are by a Middle Years student
In small groups prepare and present a poetry festival in a PowerPoint presentation. Include artworks that have stimulated the poetry, appropriate music, poetry written in Writing Projects activities, as well as works by professional poets.
In small groups, create and perform a dance inspired by Pine with cranes dancing in the snow, dance in motion, 2000. Design the dance movements to follow the music suggested in the Music and Art Matchmaking Activity.