#Poetry Friday–Poetry and Art Workshop

1- Celeste -haiga- shells Jody Blossom Bloom Brenda waving friends-art poetry workshop 7-11-2019

Top left ekphrastic cherita © 2019 Jody Wilson, top right haiga © 2019 Celeste,                       bottom ekphrastic cherita © 2019 Brenda


Happy Poetry Friday!

Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Deo Writer: Musings to Spark the Spirit. Jone has some wonderful spirits at her blog this week as she’s sharing a Summer Poetry Swap filled with a kind of fortune teller, go take a peek and spend some time with all the other poetry goodness collected there! Thanks for hosting Jone!

I have the great pleasure of sharing art and poetry from students that attended my Poetry and Art Workshop last weekend at the Morton Grove Public Library. They did a fantastic job in creating, haiga, cherita, and ekphrastic poems and art. I’d also like to thank Marlene Mark, the Adult Services Librarian at the Morton Grove Public Library who reached out initially and asked me to do the workshop.


1- Izabela Pujdak watercolor poetry and art workshop 7-6-2019

© 2019  Izabela Pujkak



1- Izabela Pujdak haiku art poetry workshop 7-6-2019

Deep sea elements 
drowned deep as thoughts in your mind.
like sounds, clouds in sky.

© 2019  Izabela Pujkak


1- Celeste cherita poem- poetry and art workshop0 7-6-2019

What a night

Big band
Music played loudly

We dance
We sing
We live in each others arms

© 2019 Celeste


1- Brenda cherita, haiku, Ekphrastic poetry art workshop 7-6-2019

Waving to  friends

Wind helping me
Sky calling me

Grass cooling us
Appreciating our friendship
Rain feeding us

© 2019 Brenda


Waving to all my friends
they wave in return
enjoying our work

Bringing joy to all who pass
they drink in my fragrance
and remember their youthful exuberance

Their heart’s dance
Their toes tap
Life is good

©2019 Brenda


1- Marguerite Mullen-vase stilllife art poetry workshop 7-6-2019

© Marguerite Mullen

1- Marguerite Mullen haiku poem art and poetry workshop-7-6-2019



Shells are lovely and
from the sea, like a stone
placed on a grave

© 2019 Marguerite Mullen

1-Jody Wilson-cherita poem and art workshop-7-6-2019

Blossom bloom

What is god
to a squash?

What is god to me?
to you
I bloom. I ask.

© 2019 Jody Wilson


1- Marlene- Haiku and poem- poetry and art workshop 7-6-2019

It starts out smooth
Slight angles and tinted hues
Spreading forth
Spiraling up into a tower
A cone of points and dots
More complex than anticipated
The point of it all

© 2019 Marlene

Saturday morning
creative thoughts unforeseen
keep trying keep trying now

© 2019 Marlene


And here’s a cherita thank you to my students,

A library listing offers…

A poetry-plentiful workshop  
filled with artistic adventures and 

A satisfying–stretch
into the unknown,
generating jubilant success!

© 2019 Michelle Kogan



Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.







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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16 Responses to #Poetry Friday–Poetry and Art Workshop

  1. mbhmaine says:

    This is a delightful post, Michelle, brimming with all these examples of creative energy! What a wonderful time you must have all had together. I especially like Marlene’s line, “keep trying, keep trying now.” These are good words to remember as I seek to slide into a summer writing rhythm!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    These are so delightful, like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day. I wish I could’ve taken your workshop. I love the brave writing I see and those beautiful paintings. Keep trying!

  3. Michelle! I haven’t visited your blog in quite a while, and WOW– there’s so much blossoming here!
    Your students were on fire at your workshop ~ clearly their teacher was on fire, too!

    I’m particularly in love with the line, “We live in each others arms.” Wonderful.

    I need to attend your poetry workshop (when it’s offered in California…)!

  4. cweichel says:

    Much joy and beauty is to be found her today. I’m sure glad I don’t have to pick a specific poem or line. They are all brilliant.

  5. lindabaie says:

    It would be lovely if we all lived closer. I’d love to have taken your class, Michelle. These ‘students’ created some beauty to keep, pictures and words, too. Since I just came back from the ocean, I love the ones about that special place, the shells!

  6. Wow, so much beauty here! Thank you Michelle for sharing, and thank you to these students as well! I can’t get ” what is god to a squash” out of my head. 🙂 Beautiful, all! xo

  7. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Wow! There are such rich connections between art and poetry in your post. I’d say you and your students found much jubilant success! I wish I could have signed up to join you!

  8. haitiruth says:

    What lovely things came from your workshop! Congratulations! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  9. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I love the richness of this bouquet of blossoms and thoughts. Your ending cherita is wonderfully informative of the artistic happening you offered: A poetry-plentiful workshop
    filled with artistic adventures,,,You must be very proud of what your students accomplished.

  10. maryleehahn says:

    So much creativity! You definitely brought out the best in your students!

  11. Thank you for this inspiring post, Michelle! How I would have loved to be part of your workshop.

  12. Tabatha says:

    Sorry to be so late — I loved these when I saw them last Friday, but had to leave before I could comment! What really strikes me about the poet-artists is how beautifully they express depth of feeling. They all sound like people it would be delightful to know.

  13. macrush53 says:

    I love the combo of art and poetry. Fabulous.

  14. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Hi Michelle, I’m catching up on some posts I opened, but never got back to. Looks like this workshop was a huge success—it was certainly fruitful! What a bunch of talented participants, and who better to lead a workshop combining art and poetry. 🙂

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