Visual art communicates to us. Think about putting the communication experience of looking at an artwork into poetic words. To keep all of your poems short, sweet, and standardized, we will use the format of the Japanese Haiku.
Find Your Representational Sculpture:
Find a representational sculpture around town to inspire your poem. Snap a photo. A photo that shows you standing besides it is preferred, but not required. Be sure to also mention where the sculpture is located in your thread.
Be sure to embed your image/s (just like in the demo below). DO NOT attach the image/s in word doc or pdf files. Attached images that require downloading for viewing will NOT be looked at and the discussion will earn a zero.
Create your Haiku:
A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself.
Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.
Line 1 = 5 syllables
Line 2 = 7 Syllables
Line 3 = 5 Syllables
The last winter leaves
Clinging to the black branches
Explode into birds.
*Sample above and instructions taken from creative-writing-now.com
More samples are available in the Sample Discussion folder.
Your Discussion Board experience will come in three parts:
Part 1: Find a representational sculpture around town to inspire your poem. Snap a photo. A photo that shows you standing besides it is preferred, but not required. Be sure to also mention where the sculpture is located in your thread.
Embed the photo to your thread. Avoid using huge file sizes, they may not upload into Canvas.
Part 2: Post your Haiku. Be sure to be descriptive. If you see the opportunity to implement the Visual Toolbox and Principles of Design you may do so. Make sure that the poem that you post is your very own. Be sure to tell us the name of the artist and the title of the artwork below or besides the attached image.
Part 3: Respond to a minimum of two other student Posts.
Points will be distributed in this manner:
Quality Thread: 10 pts max – Your very own thoughts, feelings, and insights are to make up your entries. The better your thread adhered to instructions, and the quality/consideration of answering the questions, the better the points.
Engaging Responses: 5 pts max – This regards the level of creative thinking and insightfulness contained within the submission.
Spelling/Grammar: 5 pts max – Regards the level of writing and/or any errors contained within.
*The purpose of this exercise is to promote critical thinking. Be sure to provide detailed and supportive answers. One word answers like “cool, awesome, lol” are not sufficient.You will be graded on the quality of your posts and responses. Failure to respond to at least 2 posts will cost you points. Be mindful and polite to one another, and more importantly, be creative and have fun.