Introduction to Picturing Writing

Descriptive Writing, Poetry, and Informational Writing

Address Learning Loss through an evidence-based model designed to engage all learners

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art® uses simple crayon resist art techniques and quality picture books to teach the art of writing.

The foundational Time of Day Unit introduces teachers and students to Artists/Writers Workshop. It teaches the crayon resist art process and how to read pictures to access detail and description. Students come to understand the importance of word choice. They learn how to “make magic” by selecting just the right words (active verbs) to make their paintings appear to come alive. The Time of Day Unit can also serve as a precursor to narrative writing. It teaches students how to develop a sense of setting, how to paint pictures in the reader’s mind, and that when you turn the pages of a book, time passes. As students engage authentically with language and learn how to make their paintings come to life, they also learn the purpose of different parts of speech in ways that are meaningful.

The PW Weather Poetry Workshop offers a variety of poetry formats—from very simple to more complex— the language for which is generated from reading the paintings students create.

Both these genre units can be can be used across the content areas. These newly updated units also include opportunities for informational writing and opinion writing (on the About the Artist/Writer Page). These introductory PW units lay the groundwork for more sophisticated Picturing Writing units to follow. Workshops may be taken separately or combined for a reduced rate.

Picturing Writing is an innovative, evidence-based approach to teaching writing designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. 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 reading and writing.

No previous art experience necessary!

Registration deadline (combined): December 21, 2022
Deadline for Weather Poetry workshop alone is January 20, 2023

Dates: Time of Day: January 10, 12 & 17, 2023
Weather Poetry: February 7 & 9, 2023

Time: 3:45-5:45 PM ET
Location: Your home or school (virtually)

Reduced cost for combined workshops: $800
(includes 2 teachers manuals, book/introductory video, 5 mentor texts, 4 posters, an Artists/Writers Workshop poster, an Artists Frame, and all workshop art materials shipped to your home).


Time of Day Descriptive Writing Workshop: $450


Weather Poetry Workshop: $400


SNHU Graduate Credit (1)*
One graduate credit available through SNHU for $150;
additional credits available for classroom implementation
*Up to 3 credits available.
*Change quantity in cart


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)

Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 20 Students


Picturing Writing Classroom Kit for 24 Students


Optional Time of Day Instructional Video at 50% off for $100.


Optional Weather Poetry Instructional Video at 50% off for $100.


Paper Order Form for Intro to Picturing Writing – Time of Day and Weather Poetry Workshops (pdf)

Questions: Contact Beth at [email protected] 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 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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