A fun springtime activity to do with students, which combines both a writing and art component, is to work on “Painted Poems.” Using an original or published seasonal poem, students combine type, paint, and collage to illustrate the written word.
For example, using a spring-themed poem by fellow Pencil Tips author Mary Quattlebaum, a collage was created by printing out the words to “Yellow Crocus.”
(from Winter Friends)
|Illustration by Joan Waites|
To make a Painted Poem:
1. Have students write an original seasonal poem, or use a published one.
2. Print the poem out several times on a heavier paper that works well with watercolor paint.
3. Have students use various colors to paint over the words. When dry, go over the flat colors again with additional colors making stripes, swirls, dots, etc. Crayons, colored pencils, or makers can also be used to make interesting textures.
4. Once the paint is dry, cut out shapes and paste on another piece of paper to assemble the collage.
5. If desired, use the actual poem as one of the collage elements, as in the example shown.