Bonsai! Yelled the boy
I don't like poetry, but
Joey is a joker! He drew a pot at the base of his painting because the word "bonsai" isn't just a silly exclamation. It's also a Japanese word that means "tiny potted tree". Growing special miniature trees that look rugged and wind-blown is a fine art and serious business in Japan.
ArtHouse provides a focal point for Language Arts projects at all grade levels from pre-literacy through the middle grades. As shown here, ArtHouse provides a lovely place to display humourous haiku poems in an interesting, thematically appropriate context. The students envisioned a Japanese garden in winter, and imagined viewing its weathered trees from the perspective of the original haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, who lived in a humble gardener's hut.
Every ArtHouse decoration tells a story - that's why we call them "storyboards". Sometimes the visual art comes first. Viewing it, kids are inspired to interpret and tell stories. Or, like storyboards in the film-making and advertising industries, making storyboards can be a tool for students to test and develop creative ideas from the brainstorming to the writing stage. A third scenario is demonstrated here: students wrote haiku poems and created visual artwork to aid presentation.
ArtHouse is a great teaching aid for Language Arts - it makes lessons more memorable.
Visit The Haiku Poetry Page To See The Class Project Assembled