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Exploring Visual Journals at the Secondary Level

Instructional Strategies


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Introduction 0:24

Why Visual Journals?

Breaking Kids Out of Routines 1:10

Utilizing Prompts and Creating Inspiration

How and Why to Use Prompts 2:35

Giving Kids a Creative Jumpstart 2:13


Brain Dumps and Banks of Ideas 3:32

When and How Journals are Utilized 3:40

Assessing Visual Journals 2:56

Choosing Media

Keeping Material Choice Open 2:02

Challenging and Pushing Students 4:05

Ideas for Combining Materials 5:55

Extending Ideas into Bigger Work

Layering, Depth, and Adding Meaning 4:52

Helping Students Explore Their Artistic Identity 4:33


Conclusion 0:26

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Exploring Visual Journals at the Secondary Level

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Discover new prompts and inspiration to guide your students’ journaling.

  • 2 Explore various media for visual journaling, and see how it can form the basis for more in-depth artwork.

  • 3 Learn how visual journaling can play a role in students’ creative and artistic development.

Visual Journaling is a great way for students to explore and experiment with their work. But what does visual journaling actually look like in the classroom? In this PRO Pack, Jenn will show you specific strategies to help your students develop creative and meaningful work in their visual journals. See how to help students work with various media and set themselves up for success with bigger work. Finally, have the chance to explore strategies for how to challenge your students and push them in their creative development.

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

7. Media and Techniques
A. Selects best practices when teaching media and techniques to students
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills

8. Creativity
A. Designs experiences to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work

9. Connections
C. Values how the arts connect with other disciplines and provides opportunities to experience those connections

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Jennifer Russell

Jennifer Russell

High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

With an impressive amount of visual overstimulation and color, Jenn Russell welcomes her students into her art room at Hebron High School in the Lewisville Independent School District. She loves jokes of the popsicle stick variety, chocolate, tchotchkes, and color (did we mention that?). She is a newly minted and still lost on a daily basis mom to a little boy named Nate, or #ARussellSprout as he is known to his followers. When she has time, you can find her reading, dabbling with pencils or in the great Texas outdoors with her camera.


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