Wardlaw-Hartridge Sixth Graders Combine Poetry and Visual Art

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EDISON — Sixth graders at The Wardlaw-Hartidge School presented their paintings of animals from Miss Tanda Tucker’s art class while reciting their original animal poetry, written in Ms. Karen Vrotsos’s English class. Their paintings were based on wildlife that they saw or could have seen on their trip to Frost Valley at the start of the year.

In art class, after discussing the importance of habitat and its preservation, each student selected an animal and painted its image in its natural habitat. The students then continued thinking about their animals and their natural habitats in English class through poetry. In their poems, students posed questions, showing the curiosity that led them to their research in designing their paintings. Students revised their poems to achieve regular patterns of rhythm and rhyme.

The students enjoyed the project.

“It was fun to combine the two classes and present our poems and paintings to our friends,” Mia Reyes of Perth Amboy said.

“We had to turn our paintings into words,” Shivam Patel of Edison said. “It was a challenge and the visualization helped my writing skills.”

“Poetry is also art, so it was fun to work on our creativity through words and painting,” Alex Johnson of Plainfield said.

Lauren Kisare of Bridgewater, a sixth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, recites her poem “The Butterfly.” (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)

Shreyas Heragu of Edison, a sixth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, recites his poem “The Coyote.” (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)

Hannah Yates of Piscataway, a sixth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, recites her poem “The Salamander.” (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)

Steven Bessette of Scotch Plains, a sixth grader at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, recites his poem “The Wolf.” (Photo by Rudy Brandl of Fanwood)


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