Design a Calligraphic Plate
Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.
Objective: Students will practice close looking and writing skills through crafting poems inspired by Chiura Obata’s natural landscapes.
RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
SL.2.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
RL.3.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
W.6-7.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.
RL.7.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Obata Nature Artworks image gallery (download PDF from sidebar above)
Paint (to decorate)
“Obata’s Yosemite : Art and Letters of Obata from His Trip to the High Sierra in 1927” (optional, paperback widely available for purchase)
Download the teacher packet from the sidebar above for complete instructions.
My aim is to create a bowl full of joy
Clear as the sky,
Pure as falling cherry petals,
Without worry, without doubt;
Then comes full energy, endless power
And the road to art.