Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art
and Image-Making Within The Writing Process
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art and Image-Making
Within the Writing Process form a dynamic year-long art-and-literature-based
approach to writing. These unique processes have proven their effectiveness
in dramatically improving student writing. They are guaranteed to
entice even the most reluctant writers. By giving students access
to visual and kinesthetic modes of thinking at each and every stage
of the writing process, Picturing Writing and Image-Making provide
an important alternative pathway into writing for children with
diverse learning styles.
5 to 10 day institute will provide teachers with hands-on training
in both Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art and Image-Making
Within The Writing Process. Through initial explorations in Picturing
Writing, teachers will learn how to facilitate a progression of
art-and-literature-based mini-lessons which are specifically designed
to build a solid foundation of literary and artistic skills. Mini-lessons
will address key literary elements such as sense of setting, mood,
sequence, beginning, middle, end, plot development, and use of descriptive
language through the use of simple crayon resist art techniques
and the introduction of quality picture books.
Then, delving into Image-Making Within The Writing Process, teachers
will experience first-hand the dynamic tools for thinking made available
when creating collage images made from hand-painted textured papers.
This immersion in personal process woven with reflection, discussion,
and observation of classroom mini-lessons will create a rich landscape
for deepening one's literacy learning.
are Summer Institutes in Image-Making, San Juan, Puerto Rico (top)
and Picturing Writing, Bethel, Alaska (bottom).