Does a picture paint a thousand words?
Ever wondered what an image would look like in writing? We’ve been finding out.
Images have surprising associations for different people - everyone has their own particular point of view.
Award-winning writer Belona Greenwood has collaborated with children from Browick Road Primary School in Wymondham, Norfolk, transforming their responses to Bernardo Bellotto’s masterpiece The Fortress of Konigstein from the North into a magical story called The Human Nightingale.
You can enjoy a storytelling of this story in our See me Hear me section below.
Have a look at the painting and see what it makes you think or feel? How different or similar is your response to a friend or family member’s viewpoint? What do you think makes your viewpoints different or the same?
You can also develop your understanding of different forms of poetry and have a go at a haiku!
What even is a haiku? Read on!
The Fortress of Konigstein from the North c. 1756-58
The National Gallery, London
See Me, Hear Me!
The Human Nightingale
Enjoy this magical story through our storytelling video - The Human Nightingale on YouTube.
Using the story transcript, why not have a go at being a storyteller yourself?
Have a Go at Home
First of all, what is a haiku?
The haiku is a form of poetry. It is pronounced Hy-koo.
There are many different types of poetry ‘forms’ including sonnets, epics, villanelles, blank verse and haikus.
The haiku is a form originally from Japan, as the name may suggest.
It has a very specific structure:
- Three lines with a total of only 17 syllables
- The first line should contain 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables and the third 5 syllables
- Nature and seasonal-specific themes are traditional
Haiku you do?
Children from Browick Road Primary School in Norfolk have managed to fit their responses to Bellotto’s mighty painting into a pocket-sized haiku!
Leo, aged 10, wrote this:
This is a big fort
The road reaches far and wide
Above soldiers sleep.
Why not have a go yourself!? Choose a real or even imaginary person to read to.
We would love to see your poems!
Share your work with us via social media using the #bellottofortress
- The Penguin guide to different types of poetry for kids
- Michael Rosen on poetry for children
- The Caterpillar: a magazine for primary-aged children that combines, poetry, stories and art
- Find out more about writer Belona Greenwood and The Flying Shop of Imagination
- Find out what other people’s surprising responses to Bellotto’s painting are in this In the Picture video