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Peaceful Poetry (activity)

Poem concerning the “Pavilion with Various Views” (Duojing lou)

Poem concerning the “Pavilion with Various Views” (Duojing lou), in semicursive script (xingshu). Attributed to Mi Fu, 1051–1107. Northern Song dynasty (960–1126). Album, ink on paper. Gift of the Yeh Family Collection, 2004.31.

Objective: 

Create an album leaf, fan, or scroll of your peaceful place and poetry. This can be as an ink painting, collage, performance, or any other art form.

Duration: 
30 minutes
Resource Type: 
  1. Explore your school, home, or community to find a peaceful place where you can escape from the stresses of your daily life. Sketch or photograph this place.
  2. Sit quietly for 1 minute, observing your environment.
  3. Create your poem.
    1. Write three nouns to describe what you see.
    2. Write a phrase or sentence to describe what you hear.
    3. Write three adjectives to describe what you see or feel.
  4. Create an album leaf, fan, or scroll of your peaceful place and poetry. This can be as an ink painting, collage, performance, or any other art form.
  5. Share your Peaceful Poetry.
  6. Optional: Exchange with a partner and add a comment to your classmate’s artwork.