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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

Through the Keyhole Lesson- My Most Popular Writing Prompt

Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of … Read More

The A to Z of Picture Books

Want to know what happens after you submit your picture book to a publisher? Last week I attended The A to Z of Picture Books, presented by author Kat Yeh and Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Disney-Hyperion.  The presentation was true … 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

Using Art to Help Children Deal With Fear and Anxiety

 “It got worse by the minute.  It seemed like nothing could stop it.”

I painted this image while listening to news reports of terrorism, wars, and general atrocities I can’t mention here.  I couldn’t help but think about the … Read More

Butterfly Effect Story Starter Writing Prompt

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 … 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

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