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Wachovia Education Resource Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art
This high-tech research site and resource lending library, located in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, is available free to all educators. The center houses materials to help make cross-curricular connections, from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogues to teaching materials from various institutions. For more information, call 215-684-7140 or e-mail


Artists’ Writings and Quotes

Audubon, John James. The 1826 Journal of John James Audubon. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987.

Crowe, Patty. Quotes on Art and Artists: Mankind’s Wisdom on Art from Plato to Picasso. Edited by Laura Wertz. Arlington, Virginia: Richer Resources Publications, LLC, 2009.

Hadden, Peggy. The Quotable Artist. New York: Allworth Press, 2007.

Miró, Joan. Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews. Edited by Margit Rowell. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986.

Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1995.

———. Cassie’s Word Quilt. New York: Dragonfly Books, 2004.

———. Tar Beach. New York: Dragonfly Books, 1996.

Rubens, Peter Paul. The Letters of Peter Paul Rubens. Translated and edited by Ruth Saunders Magurn. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1955 (1991 printing).

Strauss, Zoe. America: Zoe Strauss. Edited by Steve Crist. Los Angeles: AMMO Books, 2008.

Turner, Joseph Mallord William. The Sunset Ship: The Poems of J. M. W. Turner. Edited by Jack Lindsay. London: Scorpion Press, 1966.

Warhol, Andy. The Andy Warhol Diaries. Edited by Pat Hackett. New York: Warner Books, 1989.

The Teaching of Art and Writing

Bishop, Wendy. Released into Language: Options for Teaching Creative Writing, 2nd edition. Portland, Maine: Calendar Islands Publishers, 1998.

Childers, Pamela B., Eric H. Hobson, and Joan A. Mullin. ARTiculating: Teaching Writing in a Visual World. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1998.

Ehrenworth, Mary. Looking to Write: Students Writing through the Visual Arts. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2003.

Fagin, Larry. The List Poem: A Guide to Teaching and Writing Catalog Verse. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1991 (reprinted in 2000).

Foster, Tonya and Kristin Prevallet, eds. Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2002.

McQuade, Christine and Donald McQuade. Seeing & Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin, 2000.

Padgett, Ron, ed. The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms. New York: Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2000.

Walsh-Piper, Kathleen. Image to Word: Art and Creative Writing. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2002.


Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities

National Council of Teachers of English: The National Gallery of Writing, Looking to Write, Writing to Look
This website, administered by the National Council of Teachers of English, hosts the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s online writing gallery devoted to written responses to the Museum’s Looking to Write, Writing to Look teaching resource. Submit your students’ work for posting!

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Teaching Resources
This website provides links to collection resources, teaching posters and kits, and exhibition materials. Follow the URL provided above, click on “Teachers,” and then “Resources.”

Project Zero: Artful Thinking
Project Zero is an education research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. This website introduces the group’s Artful Thinking program—a model approach for integrating art into regular classroom instruction, which was developed with the goal of helping students develop thinking dispositions that support thoughtful learning in the arts and across school subjects.

A project of the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and Verizon Thinkfinity, this website supports educators, parents, or anyone interested in reading and language arts instruction by offering a rich trove of lesson plans, video demonstrations, student interactives, and more.

Resources for Teachers

National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. “Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing” is a position statement written by the NCTE in November 2004.

National Writing Project
The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of university-based sites serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels. The National Writing Project provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

Philadelphia Writing Project
The Philadelphia Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project located at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is a nonprofit network of professional educators serving schoolchildren in Philadelphia.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
The Teachers & Writers Collaborative seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative, creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts. This website contains lesson plans and curriculum rationales for teaching imaginative writing in classrooms.

Standards and Assessment

Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led initiative that follows the principles of standards-based education reform. These standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for the future. Many states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, adopted these standards in 2010.

Education Northwest
Education Northwest developed the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment more than twenty years ago to help teachers improve their writing instruction, understanding of the qualities of good writing, and ability to provide effective feedback to students. Rubrics for all grade levels are included.

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge
ArtsEdge is an educational program of the Kennedy Center that reaches out to schools, communities, individuals, and families with printed materials, classroom support, and Internet technologies. This website lists National Standards for Arts Education, which outline what every K–12 student should know and be able to do in the arts.

National Writing Project
The National Writing Project’s website’s section on standards and assessment.

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