So, again, to preface: I work in a high school library, and in that high school library National Poetry Month is an event
. It is important to me that each year be bigger and better than the last, so for the last two years I have tried my darnedest to make our culminating Poetry Day extravaganza a fun and engaging time for the students and staff. For the last two years I have perhaps been a bit--how to say?--overly excited. Some of you may remember my giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare and Vanilla Ice display ( ); others may remember my giant, enraged Shakespeare and Lady Gaga display ( ). This year, my third year, I created a giant Lady Gaga (our returning champ) and Emily Dickinson display.
And I have close-ups this year!
Lady Gaga wearing a delicate metallic tissue and construction paper mask
"BORN THIS WAY" detail cut on heel
Emily Dickinson with motherlovin' pin-tucked paper tuxedo bib and paper lace
close up of her desire to WIN
Just look at that intensity!
In addition to the paper display I made a "meat dress" 1
, a steak sauce head piece, a white wrap dress, and a skeleton plush named Yorick. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. Everyone had a blast, and the kids surprised us all by voting Emily Dickinson as the new Poetry Day champion. If any of you are interested, here is a dramatic reading from Poetry Day!
BONUS: ACTION SHOT
[img width=[/img]1. It was a shift dress made of felt in the shape of one extremely large steak.
You can see a blown up version of my original sketch in the background.