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April 15, 2012

Using Art When Writing with Children

As an art teacher, I often incorporate writing in my lessons, but writing teachers can certainly make art within their writing lessons- and I would argue that making the art first is even a better idea.  When children create art, it is intuitive- there are hundreds of decisions made as to how to create it, what materials to use, and what they want their final art to look like. Once the work is made, your students write from that inspiration.  A book I have just finished reading, “The Power of Pictures – Creating Pathways to literacy Though Art” by Beth Olshansky is a wonderful resource in this regard. http://www.unh.edu/users/unh/institutes/ipssr/picturingwriting/combined.html

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