SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2019

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H I G H S C H O O L C oncrete poetry is one of my favorite lessons to teach in my graphic communications class. It is a visual poem where typography or text is placed in a par- ticular arrangement to create a visual image. According to Wikipedia, con- crete poetry is "sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has now developed a distinct meaning of its own. As such, concrete poetry relates more to the visual than verbal arts." The Art Problem A graphic design problem such as concrete poetry provides students with the opportunity to make con - nections to other disciplines. In this assignment, I asked students to write a poem containing words, rhythm, or rhyme, that focused on the sub - ject of discrimination, allowing them to voice their concerns about any form of discrimination or bully - ing as it applies to social, economic, political, environmental, or cultural issues. I asked them to focus on a topic that was personal to them. Artists Communicate Next, students viewed and discussed the artworks Lotto: American Dream by Luis Cruz Azaceta and Neo-Racism by Juan Sanchez. After viewing these works, students had a better under - standing of how artists can communi- cate the meaning of discrimination. Although these works of art are not examples of concrete poetry, they are excellent examples of how artists communicate strong mes - sages to the viewer through visual imagery and written words. We then discussed the impact of these messages and the importance of the incorporation of language within the compositions. Luis Cruz Azaceta speaks out on poverty economics, Cathy Tacci Beck Concrete poetr s a visual poem where t pograph or text is placed in a particular arrangement to create a visual image. CONCRETE POETRY deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride eed anger envy deceit agressio n selfish- ness hate w pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hat e wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishnes s hat e wrath pride gree d anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hte wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pr ide greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agres sion selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate w rath pride greed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pri de greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy dece it agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressi o n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pri de greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit a gressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy decei t agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n self- ishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit ag ressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pr ide g reed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agres- sio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness ha te wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n selfishness hate w rath pride greed anger envy deceit agression selfishness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agressio n s elfish- ness hate wrath pride greed anger envy deceit agression N a t u r e : H u m a n T h e s o l e c a t a l y s t f o r t h e w o r l d ' s p r o b l e m s . Aaron Lerch, Human Nature, grade ten. 32 FEBRUARY 2019 SchoolArts

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