Well known storyteller and visual literacy educator Tom Lee visited Peck Place School on Wednesday, September 9, Thursday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Mr. Lee guided students through the thinking and discourse process of writing. Mr. Lee engaged students using multiple replica paintings from the 1700s to facilitate discussion and observations. Students were encouraged to be precise in their use of language and to be descriptive. In another session, students role played being a portrait painter from the 1700s working with their client on their paid portrait. Finally, students were invited to tell their own story based on their observations and discussion.
The goal of this 3 day writing workshop was to help students add more tools to their “writer’s toolbox” and unlock the creative process of writing. Research shows that when students observe and infer through rich conversation the next step is creation. According to Denise Cassano in Edutopia, (August 7, 2014), “We don’t know what the future holds for our students, but we do know that they will have to think critically, make connections, and communicate clearly”. This approach to learning spans all writing modalities and genres.
Funding for this course was provided by the Jamie A. Hulley Foundation (www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org).