A favourite poem of mine at this time of year is Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. A few weeks ago, I invited one grade six class to create these amazing multi-media winter landscapes based on the master’s poem. They explored the vocabulary: foreground, middleground and background…learning the concepts transparency and opacity. They practised filigree mark-making and thought about the structures of both deciduous and evergreen trees and finally, embellished their work with footprints from nature. At this point, the students shared stories of various sets of footprints that they have discovered over time. I used this beautifully illustrated picture book by Susan Jeffers as my motivating literary source.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert