Famous Artist Poems

Our 5th grade students have been learning about the research process in library through our Famous Artist biography Project.

Claude Monet, photo by Nadar, 1899

 

In their art class with Mrs. Lustgarten, they learned about a variety of artists. Then in library, they chose an artist as the focus for their research. We got the idea for this project from Mr. Avery in Massachusetts. You can see some of his student videos here.

Students used books and websites to find out out the answers to these questions:

When and where was the artist born?
What interesting event happened during the artist’s childhood?
Did the person ever get married or have children?
Where did the artist live for most of his or her life?
What kind of art is the person known best for?
What other interesting story happened during the artist’s adult life?
What painting did the researcher like the most?

The last step of the project was to create something about the artist. The 6th grade classes made biography videos. Ms. Breier’s class wrote biography comments. We got that idea from a post Mrs. Yollis had on her blog. However, we did something different in  Mrs. Coffey’s class. They wrote poems about their artist using the website Instant Poem Maker. You can make your own poem here:

 

I chose this particular assignment to correlate with National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Many students find writing poetry to be nerve-wrecking. They worry about syllables and accents and proper this and proper that. The rules get in the way of creativity. However, when you use Instant Poem Maker, the stress is gone, and the creativity can come shining through. All you do is select a type of poem. In this case, I selected a Biography Poem. Then these blanks come up for you to fill in as you can see below.

After you fill in the blank, you press And voila, you have a poem! Anyone can be a poet! You just have to try.

Claude Monet

Born in France
Child of Claude and Louise

Lived in Paris and Giverney
Studied
how to paint outside using sunlight
Overcame
father’s wish to become a grocer
Worked as
an artist
Challenged by
criticism of his work
Personal traits
perseverance and creativity
Always stayed true to his artform
Never
bowed under pressure to conform
Best known for Impressionist Art

 We hope you will enjoy our student poems! You will find them by clicking on the comment button. Each student has logged on as their artist and written a poem. We welcome comments from our readers!

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What famous person could you write a poem about?

Who is your favorite poet?

What is your favorite kind of poetry to read or write?

 

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20 thoughts on “Famous Artist Poems

  1. Born in Paris, France 1840
    Child of Claude and Louise Monet
    Lived in Paris, France
    Studied Impressionism
    Overcame poorness
    Worked as a cashier at his dad’s store
    Challenged by not selling any paintings
    Personal traits he liked to paint outside
    Always painted outside
    Never did pop art
    Best known for the painting panel of lilies

    From Lindsay T.

  2. Roy Lichtenstein
    Born in New York
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Lichtenstein
    Lived in New York
    Studied pop art
    Overcame adding cartoon people
    Worked as an artist
    Challenged by his fear
    Personal traits of pop art
    Always added cartoon people
    Never showed cartoon people
    Best known for pop art

    From Yulia

  3. Dear Mrs. Hembre,
    I can’t wait until monday hope to see you then and i think my mom will be able to come i have never comented on this page this is pretty cool!

    • Dear Lindsay,
      I am very excited too! I spent a lot of time making sure the library is picked up and looking really nice! Katherine told me that her daughter is coming as well as her book agent.
      I hope your mom can come! I am looking forward to hearing her speak about her life as a writer!

      Sure glad you commented! Well done!
      Mrs. Hembree

  4. Vincent Van Gogh

    Born in Holland
    Child of loving parents
    Lived in Parris
    Studied Art
    Overcame my painting
    Worked as an Impressionist
    Challenged by cut off his ear
    Personal traits cooperative
    Always paint
    Never gave up
    Best known for Impressionist

    From:
    Phuoc

  5. Roy Lichtenstein
    Born in New York
    Child of my Loving Parents
    Lived in New York City
    Studied art
    Overcame by Painting
    Worked as an artist
    Challenged by wanting to be a good cartoon painter
    Personal traits cheerful
    Always helped people that needs help
    Never gave up on painting
    Best known for the painting of the Drowning

    From,
    Melanny

  6. Salvador Dali
    Born in Figueres, Spain, on May 11, 1904
    Child of Salvador Dalí i Cusí and Felipa Domenech Ferrés
    Lived in Figueres, Spain
    Studied many types of Art which he became interested in
    Overcame many diseases and obstacles in his life, but kept on painting no matter what happens
    Worked as surrealist painter
    Challenged by mental illness, which made it harder for him paint
    Personal traits was being talented, but also a hard worker
    Always painted many objects and events from his dreams
    Never gave up on painting, even if no one liked them
    Best known for his Surrealist paintings

    From,
    Jake

  7. Claude Monet
    Born in 1840
    Child of Claude and Louise Monet
    Lived in Paris, France
    Studied Impressionism
    Overcame money problems
    Worked as an Impressionism artist
    Challenged by art critics
    Personal traits were determination and creativity
    Always painted how he wanted
    Never gave up Impressionism
    Best known for his painting The Water Lilies

    From, Sofia

  8. Andy Warhol

    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Warhol
    Lived in Pittsburgh
    Studied Technology
    Overcame sickness
    Worked as an artist
    Challenged by wanting to be a tap dancer
    Personal traits determined, sickly
    Always was determined
    Never gave up
    Best known for Pop art
    from
    Carly

  9. Henri Mattise
    Born in 1869
    Child of Mr. and Ms.Mattise
    Lived in Paris France
    Studied Art in a school
    Overcame His sickness
    Worked as A painter at home
    Challenged by Appendicitis
    Personal traits Hard worker
    Always Tried new things
    Never Got a consistent job
    Best known for Fauvism

  10. M.c. Escher

    Born in Netherlands
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Escher
    Lived in Baarn, Netherlands
    Studied Architecture
    Overcame School
    Worked as Engineer
    Challenged by Grades
    Personal traits Was A Civil Engeneer
    Always Made more kinds of art
    Never Gave Up
    Best known for Including Math In His Art

    From Bridget

  11. Andy Warhol

    Born in Pittsburgh August 6,1928
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Warhol
    Lived in New York
    Studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology
    Overcame how my family was always poor
    Worked as a film maker and a artist
    Challenged by wanting to be a tap dancer
    Personal traits creative and likes excitement
    Always tried hard in my life
    Never gave up
    Best known for my Campbell’s soup painting

    From: Kyra

  12. Andy Warhol
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Warhol
    Lived in Pittsburgh
    Studied Technology
    Overcame Sickness
    Worked as An Artist
    Challenged by wanting to be a tap dancer
    Personal traits sickly, determined
    Always was determined
    Never gave up
    Best known for pop art

  13. Roy Lichenstien

    Born in New York
    Child of loving parents
    Lived in New York city
    Studied cubism
    Overcame challenge of soldier life
    Worked as army soldier in world war 2
    Challenged by world war 2
    Personal traits good at pop art
    Always made pop art
    Never made art exept pop art
    Best known for pop art

  14. Andy warhol

    Born in PITTSBURGH pennsylvaniain
    Child of Ms.and Mrs. warhol
    Lived in New york
    Studied arties
    Overcame sickness
    Worked as a reporter
    Challenged by nothing
    Personal traits he loved movies stars
    Always painted
    Never got married
    Best known for painting tomato soup can

    From:
    Axel

  15. Roy Lichteinstien

    Born in 1923
    Child of mrs lictenstien
    Lived in new york
    Studied pop art
    Overcame army
    Worked as soldier
    Challenged by WW2
    Personal traits honesty
    Always painted
    Never lied
    Best known for popart
    from orion

  16. Roy Lichtenstien

    Born in 1923
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. Lichtenstien
    Lived in New York
    Studied in school
    Overcame the army
    Worked as a solier
    Challenged by WW2
    Personal traits honesty and comedy
    Always painted
    Never lied
    Best known for pop art
    From, Ty

  17. Roy Lithenstine

    Born in 1923
    Child of Mr. and Mrs. lithenstine
    Lived in New York
    Studied Pop Art
    Overcame The army
    Worked as A soldier
    Challenged by WW2
    Personal traits Kind and funny
    Always Pained
    Never Told a lie
    Best known for Pop art
    from, Austin

  18. Vincent VanGogh

    Born in Groot Zurdert,Holland
    Child of
    Lived in Paris and Arle
    Studied how to be a good artist
    Overcame people telling him what he was and was not good at
    Worked as in impreshinest
    Challenged by His parents told him he was not going to be an artist
    Personal traits never gave up only sold one panting
    Always if someone told him to do somthing he did not listen to them but got very annoyed
    Never dressed like his parents wanted him to look like and so his parents never gave him support
    Best known for Stary night

    To:Mrs.Hembree

    By:Hunter

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