2023 Picturing Writing Summer Institute

Week of June 26-30, 2023 — Virtual

Address Learning Loss through an evidence-based approach that engages all learners

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art® is an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching writing proven effective for a wide range of learners. Through the use of simple crayon resist art techniques, the study of quality picture books, and an on-going Artist/Writers Workshop, this highly scaffolded, multimodal approach gives students access to visual as well as verbal tools for rehearsing, drafting and revising their writing. Picturing Writing allows students to enter the reading/writing process from a position of strength and enthusiasm. Because pictures offer a universal language, Picturing Writing allows students to enter the reading/writing process from a position of strength and enthusiasm. It provides an enticing, alternative pathway into writing for English Learners and others who struggle with reading and writing.

This year’s virtual summer institute will include writing in 5 genres: descriptive writing, informative writing, poetry, inquiry-based poetry, and inquiry-based narrative. All units can be easily aligned with grade-level English Language Arts Standards and integrated across the curriculum. Supported by best practices and three decades of independent research, Picturing Writing captivates the hearts and minds of young readers and writers while addressing critical literacy skills.

Join originator Beth Olshansky virtually each day to experience the process firsthand. All workshop art and instructional materials will be shipped directly to you. A classroom art materials kit can be included as part of the summer institute fee. Graduate credit options are available through Southern New Hampshire University for the Summer Institute with options for additional credit.

No previous art experience necessary!

Registration deadline: May 26, 2023

2023 Picturing Writing Summer Institute

When: June 26 – 30, 2023
Time: M T Th 8:00 AM – noon; W & F 8:00 AM – 2:30 ET


SNHU Graduate Credits (3)


Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 20 Students


Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 24 Students


Paper Order Form for Summer Institute (pdf)

Location: Your home (virtually)

Cost: $1750 includes over $1000 worth of art & instructional materials (4 teachers manuals, book/introductory video, access to 4 online instructional videos, 13 mentor texts, 5 posters, artists frame, and all workshop art materials) shipped to your home.

Three graduate credits available through SNHU for $450;
additional credits available for classroom implementation.

Picturing Writing Classroom Kit options:
$515 for 20 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)
$580 for 24 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)

Questions: Contact Beth at [email protected] or (603) 659-6018

Cancellations will be charged a $50 processing fee; Cancellation after workshop materials have been shipped will be charged $50 plus $550, the cost of materials plus S&H.

I have never in my 30 years of teaching seen first graders write like this or be so attuned to literature. This approach works for my low readers and writers; it challenges my top students; and it supports those in the middle

Merrilee Thissell, first-grade teacher

Picturing Writing allowed all my children to be successful. It provided wonderful concrete tools for rehearsal, drafting, and revision. I saw the most growth with my lowest students.

Millie Parks, fifth-grade teacher

I had great success using these methods with English Learners and other at-risk students. This visual approach promotes oral language skills and writing that flows directly from the pictures students have painted with care.

Donna Garcia, Instructor of Language & Literacy, UNM

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