May 14 2024


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Inspiring Creative, Narrative, and Argumentative Writing with Art

Title: Inspiring Creative, Narrative, and Argumentative Writing with Art

Date: Tuesday May 14, 2024
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Location: Online, via ZOOM
Presenter: Phoebe Hillemann
Registration: Click here.

Description: How can visual art prompt our students to write? How do you choose the right artwork to inspire a particular writing style? This session will be structured into four “chapters.” During the first three chapters, the facilitator will model artwork-based writing prompts for three different styles of writing: creative, narrative, and argumentative. Participants would be invited to write independently and share pieces of their writing in the chat, if they feel comfortable. They would be introduced to three artworks from SAAM’s collection and three classroom-ready teaching strategies. The fourth chapter will consist of a discussion of the benefits and/or challenges of using art as a writing prompt, and a reflection on how to find and select artworks that best serve participants’ needs in the classroom.” Join NYSEC and the Smithsonian American Art Museum for this interactive virtual session, and come away with practical teaching strategies that can be adapted across grade levels.

Presenter/Bio: Phoebe Hillemann is the Teacher Institutes Educator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. She organizes the Museum’s annual week-long summer teacher institutes, focused on integrating art across the curriculum to bolster critical thinking and content learning. She is interested in creating learning experiences that are interdisciplinary, inquiry-based, and inclusive. Phoebe has a B.A. in art history from Kenyon College, and an M.S. Ed. from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.