When learning how the various arts can interrelate, my FINE 1306 students have the opportunity to experience the concept of “interpretation,” in which an existing work of art inspires another artist to create something new. Last Saturday, students chose a painting and then wrote a haiku inspired by their choice.
Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles — Vincent van Gogh, 1888
“Favorite Place,” by Suzan Issam
The bedroom is calm,
What a peaceful place to be!
Nights filled with sweet dreams.
Wild Poppies (Les Coquelicots) — Claude Monet, 1873
“Wild Poppy Field,” by Morgan Eichler
Walking through the field;
Orange flowers scattered throughout,
Umbrellas in hand.
Sunflowers — Vincent van Gogh, 1888
“Sunflowers,” by Jadee Hankins
Yellow, green, and brown,
Fragrant flowers in the pot;
Smells I once forgot.
Napoleon Leading His Troops over the Bridge at Arcole — Horace Vernet, 1826
“The March,” by Sam Ellis
“Onward!” Captain yelled
As the drums played on… tap-tap;
We marched on… tap-tap.
The Bear Dance — William Holbrook Beard, c. mid-1860s
“Bear Party,” by Emily Bannister
Chaos, disorder, and noise—
Midsummer Eve — Edward Robert Hughes, 1908
“Far Away Land,” by Amanda Bannister
Little wings, bright lights
In a land never journeyed.
Fairies welcome her.
Niagara Falls — William Morris Hunt, 1878
“The Falls,” by Abby Middleton
Cascades flowing down.
Sounds of thunder all around;
Hear the mighty roar!
Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X — Francis Bacon, 1953
“A Pope’s Duty,” by Lori McDermett
The pain, I cry out:
Innocents’ confessions burn.
Oh Lord, hear me weep!
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The burdens they bring—
I am the pain, suffering,
Waiting. Please save me!