Emotion Poems at Mountain View and Tigerville Elementary

Visual Art and Creative Writing Residency


I had a wonderful time spending 3 weeks in residencies at two elementary schools this February. It has been a joy to help Kindergarten through Fifth graders write poems! The students are currently working on the art side of their projects, so I look forward to sharing final pictures soon!

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From teacher, Sherry Smith: "My name is Sherry Smith and I am the art teacher for Tigerville Elementary and travel art teacher at Mountain View Elementary. We had a wonderful time hosting Mrs. Kimberly Simms Gibbs at our school as our artist in residence. She has a wonderful connection with the children and her talent is an outstanding source of inspiration and education to my students. We worked together to create connections between the art of the written message and the art of the visual message to connect bridges between the classroom contents of study with our art forms! We were delighted to have Mrs. Gibbs be a part of our learning experiences!! Sherry Smith."

Here are a few sample poems from the units:

5th Grade Unit - Harlem Renaissance 

Tribute Poems with Alcohol Ink Tiles


Student Sample Poem:
Langston Hughes - Tribute Poem

It is 1932 in the Harlem Renaissance.
I sit at the front table of a lively jazz club.
I see rhythmic smiling women dancing
to the music. I notice the talented
African-American artists all around.
I feel as happy as Duke Ellington
pounding the piano.  I hear the deep
thud of the upright bass on stage.
My hand grasps my pen to pour
my thoughts upon the page,
"Jazz Band, Jazz Band, play play play."

4th Grade Unit - Landscape Poems 

Creative Writing, Westward Expansion, and Landscape Paintings.

Student Sample Poem:
Landscape Poem


I stand beside my grey mustang. I see a beautiful long waterfall cascading over the mountain.

I hear the sparkling blue water running over the rocks into the river.
I feel inspired like a golden eagle soaring.
I turn my face towards the east;
we traveled so many months to reach
these valleys and tall peaks.
I notice the sun turning the puffy clouds
golden as the evening comes around us.
I feel proud to be among the first
to explore this beautiful western landscape.


K-4, K-5, 1st, and 2nd Grade - Inside Out Emotion Poems

Similes with Straw Blown Watercolor Faces

Student Sample Simile Poem from First Grade
My Emotions

I feel happy like green wiggly jello.
I feel joy like a rainbow-glitter crystal.
I feel sad like a dark muddy wolf.
I feel disgust like a mushy mud pie.
I feel scared like a climbing red spider.
I feel surprised like a fast blue waterfall.


*Please note it is my personal policy not to share photos of children's faces on social media unless I have parent permission.