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Creating Pathways of Literacy Through Art

May 14, 2008

Beth Olshansky, developer of “Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art and Image-Making Within The Writing Process” and director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at UNH, has completed a new book and companion DVD, “The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art.”

Sprinkled with the voices of young artists and writers, the book and DVD make clear the power of pictures to transform the literacy learning of all students, particularly those for whom words are not their preferred medium.

“Beth writes with passion about her personal literacy journey that informed two decades of work with children and research that is well respected in both the professional literacy and arts integration communities. The result is her artist/writer’s workshop model. This solid literacy framework is infused with an innovative art-based alternative that taps into the source of all good writing — making pictures inside and outside your head. The four-step process has a simple elegance and provides a new vision of how all students can write successfully,” said Claudia E. Cornett, author of “Creating Meaning through Literature and the Arts.”

Olshansky presented her approach to literacy learning at the International Reading Association Annual Conference May 8, in Atlanta. In July, she will offer two weeklong institutes in Durham. For more information, visit www.picturingwriting.org.


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