Cutting Up: Collage and Visual Poetry!

Students used magazines and created cut-up poems! They used ‘found language’ and images to create new meaning. 

Lesson Note: Creative Artist guru, Julia Cameron, says the part of us that creates art is about 7 years old.  And so, it is no surprise that, with scissors in hand, even the most serious student finds themselves oddly enjoying this activity. ‘Language shapes our experiences, ‘ visual artist, Adam Pendleton told the NY Times in 2018, ‘or it gives new shape… to the things we experience.’ 

Visual-poet-artist, Keith S. Wilson says this about visual poetry:  ” I’m interested in a sense of play. In many of the understandings of that. Play means wiggle room and I’m interested in that–in one’s placement space allowing for more than one understanding of something. And play implies a sense of freedom and even joy sometimes, which comes sometimes through movement through space. But play can also invoke discipline and intentionality as well, as when one plays an instrument.”

Ms. Ruan: 7th and 8th Grade
Qiqi L., Binhao L., Junjie C.2, Yongai L.

Ms. Wright: 8th Grade
Brian H., Abigail C., Christine L., Zhi Cheng Z., Serena M., Dani G., Cedric J., Zoey L.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.