Our 3rd Grade Artists10/11/2022
During National Hispanic Culture Month, Epiphany Third Grade artists were introduced to Spanish artist Joan Miro. After looking at a number of Miro’s paintings and discussing his use of line, color, shape and composition, art teacher Mrs. Sahr read students the poem “I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miro” by award winning poet Moniza Alvi .
I Would Like to Be a Dot in a Painting by Miró
by Moniza Alvi
Barely distinguishable from other dots,
it’s true, but quite uniquely placed.
And from my dark centre
I’d survey the beauty of the linescape
and wonder — would it be worthwhile
to roll myself towards the lemon stripe,
Centrally poised, and push my curves
against its edge, to give myself
a little attention?
But it’s fine where I am.
I’ll never make out what’s going on
around me, and that’s the joy of it.
The fact that I’m not a perfect circle
makes me more interesting in this world.
People will stare forever —
Even the most unemotional get excited.
So here I am, on the edge of animation,
a dream, a dance,a fantastic construction,
A child’s adventure.
And nothing in this tawny sky
can get too close, or move too far away.
Students then set out to create their own interpretations of Miro’s style making sure there was at least one “dot” and a “lemon yellow stripe” in their work. The results were very impressive!
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