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The Writer's Garret

Show and Tell: Creating Text and Texture (K - 5th Grades)-residency

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Talented/Gifted


"Show and Tell: Creating Text and Texture" provides hands-on experience in ekphrastics, or the art of interpreting art through poetry or prose. Young people will be exposed to a variety of creative exercises stemming primarily from visual and literary arts. In addition to reading and writing about visual art, participants will engage in art-making strategies to encourage personal expression while sharpening critical thinking skills. Ideally, students would have the opportunity to take a field trip to an art gallery or museum, but in lieu of that option, art books and online art surfing can suffice. Students will have the opportunity to display their own work through three culminating projects: a reading to the public, a show of visual art, and a printed anthology of their visual and written work.

Students Will

  • Build confidence in writing by drawing topics from personal experiences, summarizing their thoughts, reflecting on what they’ve learned, and generating creative ideas.
  • Study the visual arts (including classic and contemporary art), exploring different media, forms, verbal communication, and techniques for representing the self, all with an emphasis on the writing process.
  • Develop skills and techniques needed to successfully express perceptions, thoughts and feelings by learning how to use descriptive detail, similes and metaphors, and original voice and style.
  • Literacy Connection: "The Great Figure" by William Carlos Williams from The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams (ISBN: 9780811211871)


Dates: Mon. - Sat.
Times: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Duration: Two hour minimum, up to as many visits as desired and feasible.
School Fee: Price Per Hour: $100.00
Minimum Attendance: 5
Maximum Attendance: 24
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Writing utensils, paper, projector and additional art materials (paint, coloring pencils, etc.) may be requested by instructor.
Other Information: Spanish is available upon request.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To schedule this program, or for more information, call The Writer's Garret at (214) 828-1715 or email Residencies of 10 sessions or more result in a printed anthology of students' work (or in the case of "Making a Class Video", a copy of the resulting video for the students to view) and the opportunity for students to show off newly developed skills in a public reading to friends and family.
Deadline: Prefer no later than two weeks prior to start date.
Cancellation Policy: A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to cancel a scheduled date. If 48-hour notice is given, we will reschedule the date, based upon the availability of the Instructor. If 48-hour notice is not given, we will bill for the date scheduled and not reschedule the date.
After School Policy: At least one school representative/teacher must be present in the classroom at all times. 25 students maximum per class; the preferred student teacher ratio is 25:2. Minor adjustments can be negotiated.

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