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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

How to Use Art to Teach Inferencing

Art is powerful- it can be interpreted, discussed and debated.  This brings us opportunities to use it to not only teach children how to make inferences, but to think critically and reflect on their own thought process.  The key is … Read More

Story Starter Challenge

Win a Free Print of this image as well as critical thinking graphic organizers! Simply watch the short video and answer the questions below, it’s that easy. The first person to answer all three questions correctly will win an … Read More

Doodle Heroes- Draw, Write and Think Divergently

Doodle Heroes Save the Day- Lesson on Drawing, Writing and Thinking Divergently Why Creative Writing Inspired by Student Art Works So Well…

Kids love to doodle, in math class, social studies, wherever.  Some of their drawings are fantastic- and … Read More

Shakespeare Afficionados: Win a FREE Shakespeare Illustration!

Shakespeare quotes are classic- dripping with hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) meaning. Inspire your students with this original one-of-a-kind Shakespeare illustration! (see image below)

It’s quite simple: post your favorite Shakespeare quote in the comments section and you can … Read More

The Shadow Knows Video Writing Prompt

Video writing prompts are a wonderful way to elicit divergent writing from your students.   Watch the short video, pay attention to the smallest detail, think about what the words, images and music are telling you, and in the ‘comments’ section … Read More

Five Ways Art Can Improve Your Students’ Writing

What does it mean to use art? Personally, it goes way beyond looking at an image as a visual writing prompt and writing a story- there are so many other possibilities for children to learn, grow and reflect. All of … Read More