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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

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

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

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

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 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

Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 2: Conflict

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

Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around them.

Narrative Art is particularly … Read More

How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a Story

In San Francisco recently, a man boarded the subway, brandished a gun for a few minutes, walked up to 20 year-old Justin Valdez, aimed and shot the young man dead.  The subway car was full of passengers, but not one … Read More

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