International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 6 Number 12

October 19, 2005

From Image to Text: Using Images in the Writing Process

Nancy Andrzejczak
University of California, Riverside

Guy Trainin
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Monique Poldberg
Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Lake Elsinore, CA

Citation: Andrzejczak, N., Trainin, G., & Poldberg, M. (2005, October 19). From image to text: Using images in the writing process. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 6(12). Retrieved [date] from

This study looks at the benefits of integrating visual art creation and the writing process. The qualitative inquiry uses student, parent, and teacher interviews coupled with field observation, and artifact analysis. Emergent coding based on grounded theory clearly shows that visual art creation enhances the writing process. Students used more time for thought elaboration, generated strong descriptions, and developed concrete vocabulary. The advantages of using production of art and artwork in the pre-writing process provided a motivational entry point, a way to develop and elaborate on a scene or a narrative. This study shows that the benefits of a rich visual art experience can enhance thought and writing in response to the finished artwork.

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