Artsmark and Literacy

The links between art and literature are profound and expansive and there is no doubt that historically and culturally they have lived side by side since the dawn of civilization and breathe life into each other.

As well as an avenue to explore text and meaning through illustrative practice, Art can be used as part of the creative process to aid in the building and inventing of stories. Literature can be used to invoke responses and as a springboard for making art and inventing new means of manipulating the material world.

We have selected a range of literacy resources from our collection, that compliment the Artsmark framework and provide opportunities for extended project work, collaboration and ownership.

Go back to our Artsmark resource page here.

James and the Giant Peach Garden

Artist Cordelia Spalding, shares her extraordinarily creative ‘literacy’ project which made creativity happen in all sorts of ways in a local school.

Drawing Stories: Illustrations by Children

Drawings which tell stories: young children use toys, poetry and their own text to create richly illustrated narratives.

Poetry and Printmaking

Printmaker Ann Bridges shares her love of poetry and printmaking in this illustrated resource, which enables children to make imagery inspired by poetry.

Playground Mural

Using ‘stories from the playground’ to create a collaborative mural.

Illustrating Stories: Creating a Storyboard and Dummy Book

Artist Emma Malfroy’s journey developing ideas for an illustrated book. A workshops transferable to all key stages.

Where the Wild Things Are

A collection of resources to take you through an extended project on Maurice Sendak’s much loved story.

Exploring GCSE English Literature Poetry

A session for teenagers exploring how mono-printing and sketchbook processes might aid a personal connection to the poetry text.

Responding to Words and Phrases

A workshop that enables participants to draw the meaning behind words and phrases.

Found Poetry

Using found words, imagery and collage to create poetry.

Graffiti Floor

Inviting teenagers to say what they needed to say in marks and rhythms and drawing.

AccessArt is an Artsmark Partner Organisation

Artsmark places creativity at the heart of education.

“Artsmark enables schools and education settings to celebrate and advocate for the value of cultural education, and gives schools and education settings a clear framework to plan, develop and evaluate arts and cultural provision. It provides evidence for Ofsted on how you meet its spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements, supporting the wellbeing of pupils.”  – Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge.

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