2022 Picturing Writing Summer Institute

Week of June 27 – Virtual – Mornings Only

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

Picturing Writing is an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching writing designed to meet the needs of 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 developing and recording their ideas. 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 language-based skills.

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 while also addressing Next Generation Science Standards. Supported by best practices and three decades of independent research, this unique, proven practice can be easily adapted to any elementary grade level and integrated across the curriculum.

Join originator Beth Olshansky virtually from 8:00 AM – noon ET 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 summer institute and/or classroom implementation.

No previous art experience necessary!

Registration deadline: May 27, 2022

2022 Picturing Writing Summer Institute

June 27-July 1, 2022  –   8:00 AM- noon 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: $1495 (includes 4 teachers manuals, book/introductory video, 12 mentor texts, 4 posters, an Artists/Writers Workshop poster, an artists frame, and all workshop art materials shipped to your home. New this year—instructional video for each unit!

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

Picturing Writing Classroom Kit options:
$435 for 20 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)
$500 for 24 students (plus $45 S&H to ship the 40+ lb. box)

Questions: Contact Beth at Beth.Olshansky@comcast.net or (603) 659-6018

Cancellation after deadline will be charged a $50 processing fee; Cancellation after workshop materials have been shipped will be charged $50 plus $1000, the cost of materials and shipping.

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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