High school students are turning words into art, and the results are being showcased at a local library.
At Salem Hills High School, students wrote poetry in English class and the students in art class interpreted those poems in art work. The resulting 50 works of art and poetry are on display at the New Salem City Library.
“It was a little tricky as we brainstormed visual images,” said Sarah Shuler, the art teacher at the high school since it was built in 2008. “There are a lot of different interpretations to poetry. We had a lot of collaboration between artist and poet.”
“Students were really surprised at the interpretation, sometimes in a positive way and sometimes negative. … They were fascinated in how their poems were interpreted!” said English teacher Lorena Lesue-Smithey.
“Some of the art work is pretty amazing,” said Salem City Library librarian Kerry Burnham. “I can’t believe high schoolers are that creative.”