Poetry Friday– Jones AP Art Exhibit 2017

Last Friday I had the pleasure of viewing the Jones College Prep AP Art Class Exhibit, which is taught by Laura Boban. Jones is a Chicago high school in the heart of the loop (downtown). I’m sharing samples of their artwork here, it was created by Juniors and Seniors at Jones. It’s a rich body of work employing all different ideas, mediums, and concepts. 

I composed a Cherita poem as a send off for both the students graduating and those moving into their senior year. Cherita are poems without a title and they tell a story in three stanzas. The first stanza is one line, the second is two lines and the third is three lines. They are similar in brevity to both haiku and tanka. I was inspired to write this form of poem by Kay Mcgriff after reading hers in last weeks Poetry Friday posts. Thanks Kay, follow the link to read her poem. Here’s more on the Cherita.

students exhibit art,

beginning an artist’s career–
traversing peaks and valleys.

life’s artistic desire steered with
passion, perseverance, and persistence,
voice becomes one with creator.

© 2017 Michelle Kogan

Carol at Carol’s Corner is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup, thanks for hosting Carol! Visit her blog for more Poetry Friday sites to visit! And enjoy this rich collection of art!


Jones AP Art Exhibit 2017

Click on the images for a larger view

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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22 Responses to Poetry Friday– Jones AP Art Exhibit 2017

  1. carwilc says:

    Wow! Some talented kids here! I have never heard of cherita. It seems like a genre that would be fun to try.

  2. Tabatha says:

    Cool art! My response is another cherita:

    student artists

    blend ideas, visions, dreams
    with skills, talents, practice

    generate a gift for themselves
    and the world for life:
    art love

  3. haitiruth says:

    Beautiful! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  4. lindabaie says:

    Wow, Michelle, what wonderful ideas translated into art and in so many media, too. I enjoy seeing them all, and especially love Piper “Pants”. Your cherita is a lovely accompaniment.

  5. Yea! More cherita! Those are some talented students. Both their art and your poem remind me of my daughter’s friends who are art students. Some are pursuing in college, while others choose to study something else, but all have a strong vision and voice.

  6. I will be trying this form out soon. The name itself is cheering me on!

  7. I want to try a cherita! Beautiful poem, especially “voice becomes one with the creator.” Thanks for this!

  8. katswhiskers says:

    I spied a Kay’s Cherita last week, and loved it. You’ve just reminded me. Must try one this week. Yours is fantabulous, and your students’ art is amazing! You must be feeling mighty chuffed and proud. Well done on all fronts!

  9. maryleehahn says:

    Amazing art! I love how your cherita honors their work and sends them off into a life of creating!

  10. That is quite the show. I hope these talented young people can keep growing their bodies of work. Your cherita sums up all this creativity wonderfully!

  11. laurashovan222 says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Michelle. My daughter is doing the AP Art course next year. I loved being able to get a sense of what students work on through your poem and the art you shared.

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