Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sketching Light Wherever I Find It

Welcome to Day 21 of Drawing Into Poems, my daily drawing/seeing/writing study into poetry.  You can read more about this month-long project here on my April 1 post.  Feel free to read the books with me and pull out your own sketchbook and jewelry box full of metaphor too...

Day 21 - Hotel Lamp
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Students - Today's drawing reminds me a bit of my streetlamp drawing from Day 6 of this project. I am finding that I am drawn to sketching old objects, things in nature, sources of light.  I still want to draw more buildings.  The things that call my pen are the ones that have stories that most intrigue me.  And in the same way that daily writing shows me who I am, sketching is holding up a new mirror to my brain and soul.

Working on this lamp and reading some notes from teachers, I am wondering about the young readers of this blog and if any of you are experimenting with drawing to write.  If you are, please comment to let me know.  It would be an honor to feature some of your work here, to learn about the ways in which drawing is informing your writing or thinking.

If you did not stop by on Friday, do not miss the fourth grade history poems by Theresa Annello's students at Paul Road Elementary in the Gates Chili Central School District in Western New York.

Right now I am happy to be in San Antonio, Texas at the IRA convention.  I will be signing FOREST on today and tomorrow, and am very excited to be presenting on a panel with Sylvia VardellJanet Wong, and Joyce Sidman on Monday as well.  Then, the following weekend...I'm back to Texas for the TLA conference.  Happy Poetry Month indeed!

On this coming Tuesday, I will be a guest of Wonderopolis for this month's #WonderChat celebrating poetry and wonder.  This is the chat rescheduled from Monday evening, and I hope that you will be able to join us!

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  1. I was just coming over to leave you a note saying that I hoped I could meet you at the IRA, but when I read your post I saw you're doing a session on Monday, so I will plan to come to that. Yay!

  2. I am WAY liking your lamp better than mine!! Very nice sketch. I am hoping you have done the RiverFront boat ride. It is gorgeous here. I will see you tomorrow. I shared Forest at the Poetry Olio and read Invitation to them! How long does it take you to do your sketches? I imagine it varies, but maybe my real question is, do you find that you are getting faster at the more detailed ones? Did you hear Lucy Calkins today? Also saw your poetry unit!! It looks wonderful.