Through art-making workshops, our approach trains teachers and artists as facilitators for creative explorations of challenging texts. Using texts as prompts for making art develops:
The Pre-Texts approach allows students to own the learning process by turning texts into material for telling their own versions and connecting literature with the world around them.
The approach of Pre-Texts is quite simple but has profound results: It turns the conventional order of learning upside-down. Instead of beginning with vocabulary and grammar, which can bore students and risk their dropping out, we begin with a creative challenge: Transform this text into your own work of art (painting, choreography, photo shoot, play, music, etc.) Students stay engaged and master the elements of reading in order to produce an original interpretation, which requires higher order thinking. Read more
I teach five undergrad classes each semester, and this workshop has given me the opportunity to re-invigorate my students and get them excited and invested in their writing and reading."
- Teacher at ICA