In Japan they say,
Cherry blossoms mean it's spring.
But it's not spring here.
Shellie embellished her tree painting with little bits of tissue paper. With good reason, the Japanese flowering cherry tree known as "Sakura" is one of the most loved trees in the world. Did you know over eight thousand Japanese cherry trees grace Washington D.C.? The trees were received in as gifts of goodwill and friendship from the people of Japan. Two American First Ladies were specifically honored by the gifts: First Lady Taft received 3020 trees in 1912, and First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson received an additional 3800 trees in 1965. When the cherry trees are blooming, Washington is especially breathtakingly beautiful.
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 short 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