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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will need. Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: visit 2 dollar shops. - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: sea shells and driftwood collection
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Creating a display is exciting - demolishing one can be a hard job, especially when you can't get the staples out..... Your job will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle. The staples will stick out a bit at one side - perfect to get hold of them with pliers and pull them out.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Don’t overdo it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.
  • TIP: 3D effects

    Create a 3D effect by attaching rods or metal strips to your display and hang little objects on them, like fur animals – toy cars/planes/boats – artificial flowers – little books or lanterns. Staple cones or little boxes with contents to the board or little artificial lemons and cherries like in the GREEN FINGERS display.

Poetry in motion

Poetry is a serious topic….. or not?

Not at our place!!!    Poetry is fun, playful, creative and fluid.    Poetry can be without rules, it doesn't need rhyme, it doesn't need spelling difficulties and it certainly doesn't need a strict structure…..

Poetry is a free use of language, full of rythm and clever usage of words to express your deepest feelings and emotions. Let's be open and enjoy the play of words

 

poetry in motion

 

What you need:

  • Black card for the background – I used A3 – that quickly fills in the background
  • Black or black and white patterned wrapping paper
  • Several sheets of A3 sheet music – copied from a book( swirl the book around while copying, that gives the nice sway in the pattern
  • Title – choose a font you like but keep it consistent with the theme – laminate the sheets so the letters will stay firm and it wll give them more depth   
  • Lots of garlands and circular hanging items from 2 dollar shops and fun shops, or use material you used before – I used a circular swirl that I made years ago and never found a purpose for
  • Party hats to put poems in   hat
  • Roughly ripped pieces of paper for students to write poems on
  • A silvery shiny hat to hold the pieces of paper for the poems
  • A pedestal or carton box to place next to the display where you can store the hat and a pen or pencil for writing
  • Christmas lights
  • Carton boxes for extra display space
     
music in
O poem
string party hat

 

 

What to do:garlands

  • Staple the black card to the display board
  • Cut the letters of the title and measure the length of the title
  • Paste the sheet music together in a row to make a fitting banner for the title – cut it in the swirling pattern that was created by moving it while copying the sheets. Follow the pattern in a logical way   
  • Staple the sheet music banner/title to the display board
  • Staple the letters of the title to the banner – measure it before stapling to make sure you have it in the middle
  • Attach the garlands and swirling items to the underside of the shelving. I have soft boards under the shelving to make this possible
  • Cover the boxes with matching wrapping paper and put display easels on them or lay the books flat on top of them
  • Arrange the string of Christmas lights in a casual way between the boxes on the floor – connect the electricity and enjoy!

top part 

Top of the display with poetry books on display

 

garlands hat with poem
poem on poem titles
box poetry on garlands

To make creating poetry less intimidating and more a casual thing I provide torn pieces of paper for students to write on. A4 torn in 4 pieces and tucked into a silvery hat on a pedestal next to the display. A pencil hanging from the pedestal so every passerby can quickly note something down and leave behind

 

total display

 

Because I thought the boxes were a bit boring I added the words to encourage the students the submit their poems ….

 

bottom boxes display

 

We will staple poems to the board, to the garlands, tuck them in the hats and will attach them to every empty spot that is available. When the students walk past the display,  the garlands sway, when the window is open the display moves, the poems rock and the whole arrangement is alive