Creating Writers Through Art

This summer, CELL will present Beth Olshansky and her Picturing Writing and Image-Making Institute.

Learn more about the institute on Beth Olshansky’s website at


August 7-11, 2017, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, $800*
Hudson Hall Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
CTLE approved for 30 hours | Register online

Image-Making Within The Writing Process is an alternative approach to teaching writing and strengthening reading that uses collage made from hand-painted papers to support literacy learning. Facilitated within Artists/Writers Workshop, the Image-Making process uses quality picture books as mentor texts and modeling art and writing lessons to teach the ART of writing. Students create carefully crafted picture books, often tied to the science or social studies curriculum, using their own portfolio of hand-painted papers. The art always precedes the writing.

This year’s Image-Making Institute will focus on Research-Based Animal Stories and Poetry integrated across the curriculum. The final day of the workshop will include some simple poetry options for those teachers who would like to introduce the Image-Making process to their students first using a less involved project. No art experience necessary!

This course may be taken for graduate credit at an additional cost. Please contact Becky Norman at 845-569-3431 for more information.

Picturing Writing

August 14-18, 2017, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, $800*
Hudson Hall Auditorium, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
CTLE approved for 30 hours | Register online

Picturing Writing is a dynamic art-and-literature-based approach to writing designed to meet the needs of the students with diverse learning styles. Through the use of simple hands-on art experiences, the study of quality picture books, and an on-going Artist/Writers Workshop, this innovative approach to literacy learning gives students access to multiple modalities for thinking and expressing their ideas. It allows all students to enter the reading/writing process from a position of personal strength and enthusiasm. Picturing Writing provides an enticing, year-round, alternative pathway into literacy learning guaranteed to engage reluctant readers and writers.

Supported by current best practices and over two decades of independent research, this unique approach to literacy learning can be used to address English Language Arts Core Standards in a way that reaches a wide range of learners. It is also easily integrated into the social studies and science curriculum.

This year’s Summer Institute will offer a weeklong immersion into the Picturing Writing process as participants explore both narrative and informational reading and writing through the parallel and complementary languages of pictures and words. No previous art experience necessary!

* The workshop fee includes all art materials used during the institute, as well as instructional materials and a poster.

Click here to register online!

For more information or to be added to the CELL mailing list, please call 845-569-3431 or email