I’ve mentioned previously how much I love the integration of art and literacy. This is a fun, educational project for both children and adults.
1) First, create a haiku.
What is a haiku? The haiku originated in Japan and is a verse written in three lines. The haiku does not rhyme. Instead, the haiku sets a mood or portrays a feeling or scenery. The entire haiku is composed in 17 syllables. The first line contains five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third and final line has five syllables. 5-7-5.
Example: Old tomcat sitting (5 syllables)
Watching autumn leaves blow by (7 syllables)
Wishing they were mice (5 syllables)
Now, after writing your haiku on blank drawing paper (or watercolor paper), start drawing pictures to portray your poem using any media (pencil, colored pencils, crayons). Then you can paint in your drawings using watercolor. Watercolor is a great medium for this project because it really captures that “sense of feeling or scenery” in a haiku. Collage is also a great way to portray the words and feelings in your poem.