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Teacher Workshop: Picturing Poetry—Picture Books Inspired by Poems

February 9, 2013
Ryan Education Center
$60; 5 CPDUs

The saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” So, too, is a word worth a thousand pictures. Picturing Poetry, on view in the Ryan Education Center from November 17, 2012 to May 12, 2013, showcases the original illustrations of six picture book artists – Carin Berger, R. Gregory Christie, Brian Pinkney, James Rumford, Peter Sis, and Ed Young – and demonstrates how the language of poetry has the power to evoke visual imagery. 

This workshop will explore the relationship between text and illustration while making connections to the Common Core Reading Standards’ emphasis on analyzing the structure of texts, identifying point of view, and evaluating comprehension. The morning will include a tour of the Picturing Poetry exhibition by the curator and an opportunity to make connections in the galleries. The afternoon will be spent in the studio investigating and creating mixed-media illustrations inspired by the artists’ work on view in the exhibition. Elementary classroom, language arts, and visual arts teachers are encouraged to attend this poetic program. Registration costs include a hardcover copy of one of the exhibit’s featured books, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger.

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registrations. For additional Teacher Workshops please visit the Teacher Programs Calendar.

If you have any questions or special needs, please call 312-443-9092 or email

Reservations are required for this program.

James Rumford. Illustration from Beowulf, 2007. Houghton Mifflin Company.