Ekphrastic poetry, poetry that is inspired by another art medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, music, architecture, is a wonderful way to integrate the visual arts with the written arts. There are two imaginations at work: the original artist, and the writer, who responds and interprets the art through poetry. This hands-on workshop will offer a number of activities to inspire students through careful observation and response to a piece of art. By integrating two aspects of the creative process, students will hone their perceptions about art while empowering their writing. Teachers will be given handouts so that they can easily replicate these activities in their own classrooms. This workshop is a sample of the "Poets in the Schools" program offered by Planet Earth Poetry.
Art teachers and English teachers and creative writing teachers of secondary and middle school students
Barbara Pelman is a retired English teacher in SD61 who brought poetry to her students and the school, initiating poetry readings, lunch time Open Mic for students and staff, and poetry events to the community. She has three published books of poetry and a published chapbook, and many poems in literary journals and anthologies. As an assistant at the Planet Earth Poetry weekly poetry venue, she co-hosts and organizes poetry workshops and retreats.