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Writing and Illustrating Twisted Fairy Tales

What if the Big Bad Wolf was framed?

Twisted or “fractured” fairy tales are old, familiar fairy tales told with a twist.  They challenge us to ask “what if”, through words and images.  Writing and illustrating fractured fairy tales gives … Read More

“Beekle” meets Robert Sabuda’s Pop Ups!

Make fantastic pop-up books with your students using Dan Santat’s Beekle for inspiration.

Robert Sabuda is well known for his amazing pop-up books.  I wanted to use his pop-up techniques to show my students how paper may be manipulated.  But … Read More

Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story

Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can … Read More

Oh Noh! Japanese Masks

Express Yourself! Paper Masks Inspired by Japanese Noh Masks

This summer while researching projects for my seventh grade art class, I came across these Japanese Noh masks.  They are quite expressive and beautiful, while maintaining their simplicity.

Noh classic … Read More

How to Draw a Dog, and Other Art Musings…

My New Tutorial Video: How to Draw a Dog!

OK- time to try something new. I just uploaded a video of mine detailing how I drew my dog Paige.  Three hours of drawing boiled down to 12 minutes.  Topics include … Read More

Three Steps to Using Art as a Visual Writing Prompt

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 … Read More

Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 5: Character

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.

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Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 4: Plot

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 … Read More

How Using Your Sketchbook Develops Your Creativity

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 … Read More

Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 3: Point of View

This is part three of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a story. Part one discussed setting, and part two discussed conflict.

Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around … Read More

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