I enter the class in the morning quiet, and clip my laminated image of Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life under two clips at the front board. We greet, sing O’ Canada, say our morning prayer, take attendance and then practice the letter O in cursive handwriting, upper and lower case.
First…let’s learn about Quatrains!!!
Quad, Quatrain, Quartet, Quadrant, FOUR!!! A quatrain has four lines! FOUR LINES RHYMING!
Rhyme Schemes? Let’s just look at the last words of each line…for now, let’s just forget about the rest!!
YES! ABAB rhyme scheme! Now, let’s play a game…do lots of them…let’s do it until we get it! Name the rhyme scheme!
This painting, The Tree of Life, was created by an artist named Gustav Klimt…tell me everything that you see in this painting. Anything you see is alright with me! And…for everything you see…try to find a rhyming word! This will be our wall of words to choose from. Will you write a poem for your own Tree of Life today? A rhyming quatrain?
First…decide on a title. Mine is The Blessing Tree! Ideas? Whispering Tree! Dancing Tree! Golden Tree! All good ideas! Now, write your title down in your notebook so that you don’t forget. This is the title for your own tree poem. Next, choose a rhyme scheme…whatever one you want! Print it down the right hand side. (ABAB or AABB or ABCA…whatever you like) Pick words from your rhyming word lists and place them in the order you want, remembering always that the last word of the very first line of a quatrain will always be named ‘A’. Now…the final challenge is to add words that come before each of your four ‘last words’. Let’s edit…let’s look for other words…let’s look for better words. Now, LET’S GO ENJOY LUNCH!
Buckets of white paint to be shared with a partner…two tbsps. of white tempera should do for this! Let’s look again at Gustav Klimt’s. Look at the trunk of the tree. It is pretty short compared to a lot of other trees. Look at the limbs and the branches of the tree. Describe the sort of lines needed to paint these. Let’s look at the word wall….and take some of our own rhyming words…COIL, SWIRL, SPRING. This is how you dip and wipe your brush and this is how you care for the bristles of the brush. Now, begin…touching three of your paper edges with long branches of the tree. Gustav Klimt filled his space with the branches of his tree.
Now, let’s look at some of the repeating patterns used by Klimt. Triangles, eyes, there’s a bird! There is a station over here with gold paint if you’d like to add some while you work. Here are some oil pastels. You can also use your pencil crayons. Let’s think of a colour family though…colours that repeat some of the paper colours…pink, turquoise, blue, white, red…time to create!