I am going to post a few more things between now and December but these are the last challenges for the year.
I was inspired by two books:
a poem by James Brown in Annual 2 which I really really LOVED (check it out!!)
and the brand new, absolutely AMAZING The New Zealand Art Activity Book.
There are two challenges!
I will have a copy of The Letterbox Cat and a copy of The New Zealand Art Activity Book (grateful thanks to Te Papa Press) to give away.
Send to email@example.com by 27th November. I will post some favourites on 30th November.
Please include your name, age, year and name of school. I won’t post poems if I don’t have these details.
IMPORTANT: Put ACROSTIC POEM or ART POEM in the subject line of the email please. PLEASE say which artwork you picked under the title of your poem or in subject line of email.
First Up: Art Poems
The New Zealand Art Activity Book by Helen Lloyd, Te Papa Press 2017 (a new edition)
Te Papa Press have published a new art activity book and it is such fun. Helen Lloyd chose more than 50 artworks in the museum collection and asked 15 artists to do page works for the book especially.
You get to see old works and news works, from famous artists and not so famous artists, from Māori, Pākehā, Pasifika and Asian artists.
I really really like this book because not only do I get to check out art but there are very cool activities. It is the perfect book for the summer holidays when you want a break from gadgets or tree climbing or boogie boarding.
You can colour in, make a tivaevae or flying sculpture, design a treasure box or patterns. There are 150 pages of things to do and look at.
I thought it might be fun to use one of the artworks as a starting point for a poem.
Pick an artwork. There are four images below to choose from.
let the artwork take you wherever you like!
You might take one small thing in the work that catches your eye as a starting point. Then you can leap into your imagination.
You might just use a colour and see where it leads you – mindwander on a page before you start writing. Especially for Sara’s painting.
Does anything in the painting hook a memory? Use that for your poem.
Play with colour words to make a word pattern (blue ultramarine grey). Try doing it in black font. Listen to your poem.
Try describing what you see in the painting in a poem. Play with the words.
Explore the feeling you get from the painting in a poem.
Invent a little story that your imagination hooks up from the work.
Try painting a picture with words – real things help make pictures grow.
Four artworks from four of my favourite NZ artists to choose from:
- ‘Millions of colours’ by Sara Hughes
2. ‘Ulumago’ by John Pule
3. ‘Untitled’ by Saskia Leek
4. ‘The dancing chicken’ by Dick Frizzell
Thank you!!!! Activities/images reproduced with permission from The New Zealand Art Activity Book by Helen Lloyd, published by Te Papa Press. Available at all good bookstores or online here.
Second Up: Acrostic Poems
We all write acrostic poems where the first letters of each line spell a word – and often it is just one word that follows:
Sometimes the lines stretch and make the poem grow:
Catching scraps of paper
As though she is a vacuum cleaner,
The tail flicks, the whiskers quiver.
James Brown though was a very tricky acrostic poet because he made the first letters make a word and the last letters make a word. I have had a go with my cat poem:
Cheeky cat crept, kitchen hectic
Ate the fishy pasta
That we cooked tonight.
I decided to try putting the word in down the middle of the poem:
The Cat sleeps on
my lAp, dreaming
of sTrange sardines.
Have fun playing with what acrostic poems can do!
And h a v e fun doing these two challenges.