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Abstract

Broadens the definition of literacy with the help of children’s drawings and conversations. The author shows how the social practices of literacy are enacted in and through the visual.

Author Biography

Beth Olshansky has spent two and a half decades developing, refining, and evaluating two art-and-literature-based literacy models that have proven effective with a wide range of learners. She is the founder/director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy, a national teacher-training center housed at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art as well as numerous articles and teachers manuals. She is also the producer of several DVDs that showcase a variety of art-based literacy projects. More information about her work is available at www.picturingwriting.org.

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