Images inspire Words; Words inspire Images: Short Story Blog Posts

Inspiration and ideas come from everywhere….it’s sensory and stimulating – and it’s what makes life so interesting!!

This lesson idea came from a variety a wonderful conversations with colleagues and a children’s book called, Patches.  I set out to develop a lesson that required my students to write a short story blog post that was inspired by pictures – giving them inspiration for the character(s), setting and plot. The stories are great fun!

The follow up art making lesson to the writing assignment required the students to create a piece of art inspired by their story.  Above, are images of student works inspired by their stories.

Here are a few links to some students’ wiriting:


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About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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