Often when children can't verbally explain the problem they are having, I ask them to show me their work. It is then, looking at their image, that I immediately understand what they were trying to say. Visuals speak where words fail. "Show, don't tell," is our mantra. The same can be said for how children learn and internalize information. Integrating visualsRead More
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Knights, dragons, queens and wizards... all the making of a great story. The illustration Knight Time utilizes all of these details- and more- to inspire creative writing. Visual writing prompts should be dynamic and intriguing, something clip art can not do. Using the three step process outlined below, all students can achieve success in their verbal communication skills as well asRead More
Science and art make a perfect marriage for illustrations, especially when you make narrative art. My latest Story Starter writing prompt illustration, I was inspired by chaos theory. Chaos theory is fascinating- we see it every day in life, whether we know it or not. My latest illustration, The Butterfly Effect, has symbols and meaning directly related to this theory. ItRead More
This is part five of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a Story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict, part three discussed point of view, and part four discussed plot. This part discusses characters. Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around them. Narrative art is art that tellsRead More
This is part four of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict, part three discussed point of view, and this part discusses plot. Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around them. Narrative art is art that tells a story- it mayRead More
Amazing illustrations start with a simple idea. Working out your thoughts visually in a sketchbook can help you develop them into complex, detailed art. Get a behind the scenes look at how I make my art. There are many strategies you can work on to improve your art. The key concepts you should think about if you want your images to lookRead More