If there is a place for writing in the art room, this is it! The famous use of visual verbal journals by Leonardo Da Vinci shows examples of how visual art combined with the written word can give artists an outlet and viewers insight into the mind and perspective of the artist. The Visual Verbal Journal Art Lesson Plan is cross-curricular, bringing together visual and language arts.
Visual Verbal Journal Art Project
This lesson plan uses a mixed media journal, colored tissue paper, tempera sticks, and other decorative pieces to give students the freedom to create their own unique journals and experiment with different mediums.
Words are an important part of an artist’s expression in visual verbal journaling. The mixed media sketch pad supports both wet and dry mediums and techniques. Students may even develop an interest in creating an ongoing journal full of artistic ideas and inspiration.
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Tips for Creating Visual Verbal Journals
Students may have difficulty stepping outside their comfort zone. But once they have seen examples of visual verbal journals and spent time considering their perspective and vision, they should be ready to start. Here are some tips to give them as they begin the project:
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with different mediums to explore things like color, texture, and patterns.
- Consider layering words, sketches, and images to create a more complex image and feeling.
- Change up the writing. Choose to include different fonts, sizes, colors, and even languages.
More Art Projects
Creating a visual verbal journal can be as simple as sketches and descriptions. The journal’s look, feel, and experience are completely up to the individual. If you’re looking for more art projects and ideas to challenge your students, check out our other lesson plans!
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