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Art that speaks to writing - Writing and art workshop Week 6

This superb artwork was created by a group of 8 and 9 year olds at a primary school in Leeds. The artwork is the children's counter piece to their creative writing based on the book The Island by
Armin Greder.

This workshop ran over six weeks and taught children the skills required to be a creative and imaginative author and illustrator.

All children who took part in the workshop increased their writing attainment by at least 1 sub-level.

If you would like your school to take part in similar work, please click here and ask for information on creative workshops.
Need a pile of books to keep your little ones (and not-so-little ones) ocupado this summer? The Guardian has compiled a great wishlist!

www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/11/2015-best-summer-books-for-children

Snapshot illustrations from the Island

These excellent drawings were completed in our final workshop today. Some of these snapshot images are aspects of the book's main illustrations whilst some are taken from various doodles that are scattered throughout the pages.

Using black ink, detail was added using the different shading techniques we have practised. Colour was applied later using watered acrylics.

The children demonstrated not only their progress as artists but also their confidence in selecting shading patterns. Great work!

ARTiculate Bulletin #2 - Have you tried The Whales' Song?

This week's bulletin is inspired by a wonderful, charity shop chance-find picture book: The Whale Song by Dyan Sheldon. Here are some great ideas for you to use with this text.
'Have You Tried?' ideas sheet for The Whale's Song can be found here
The Whale's Song by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe
This modest little book might not look like much on first glance, but it is a treasure trove of starting points for English and art. Lily, a little girl living with two elderly relatives, hears a tale about the whales that visit their shore. Infused with dreams and memories, the story explores the girl's imaginings and the hazy illustrations give the book a detached, ethereal quality.   
In brief: Have you tried? 
Ideas for talking and thinking: explore the characters' perspectives on the whales through drama and discussion. Are they magical beasts or an economic resource? Included this week are resources for character development. 
Ideas for writing: with your class,…

Art that speaks to writing - Writing and art workshop Week 5

In this workshop, I am using art as a means of developing a sense of character perspective. Our artwork looks at 'the people' and how they might react to the intruder. The art and writing are different accounts of the same event. When used in the right way, art can enhance great writing even further.

Creating art that speaks to writing
Week 5

"If an illustration only repeats what the text is already saying then either the text or the illustration is superfluous... The pictures carry the story on their own." 
Armin Greder, The Great Bear (1999)
It is always warming to hear an enthusiastic teacher describe a great book as a 'goldmine'. I find it comforting to imagine them burrowing through the themes, vocabulary and ideas to take their classes to the heart of a book. Teaching that aims to dig below the surface can immerse children in new worlds and, almost inevitably, produces great writing. 

Another rich vein of creative possibility for literacy is art and, when tap…