Family Studio: Illustrator

So many families came to Family Studio over the weekend.  We had a lot of fun becoming both author and illustrator of our very own poems.  Students from Hutchison School were our special guests, and they performed a selection from R.L. Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses. They were spectacular as always, and it was the perfect day for poetry in the garden. 

Meanwhile, indoors, we were creating poems of our own by taking disparate lines from A Child’s Garden of Verses and pairing them up to make something completely new. The results were great, and I wanted to share this project on the blog so everyone can do it with their families! 

What you’ll need: 

 -Words or lines of text (cut up) 




 -Colored pencils, markers, crayons, or watercolor 

The idea came from the popular magnetic poetry kits you can buy for your fridge. Our version was modified a little bit. I took some of the poems from the book, printed them several times, and cut them up line by line so that I had lines of pretty random text. After you have all your lines cut up, you can pull a few out to make a new poem. I suggest no more than three or four. After that, it’s hard to get the poem to make any kind of sense.  Once you have your lines in the order you want them and have made your poem, you can glue them down to your paper. You can glue them at the top or the bottom, but make sure to leave enough space to draw a picture. 

Now you’re done being the author, and you’re ready to become the illustrator. Read your poem. What images come to mind? Can you see a picture forming? There’s really no right or wrong way to complete this step. The picture that goes with your poem is completely up to you. You can use whatever you want to draw the image, and it can be as detailed as you like. 

Want to take this a step further? Try and illustrate your favorite book, or maybe just a page of it. What images would you draw, and if the book already has pictures, are they different than the way you imagine the scene? 

If you try this project with your family, post it on social media and tag us so we can see your wonderful work! 

Family Studio is a free drop-in art class for all ages that meets the first Saturday of every month from 10:30am – 12:30pm . Come create with us! 

 -Florence Brem, Children’s Program Coordinator

Posted by Chantal Drake at 9:50 AM
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