Storytelling Resist

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The illustrations of Ezra Jack Keats in The Snowy Day inspire young artists to examine shapes in illustrations and to use these shapes to create their own watercolor resist painting.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Model for participants how to identify shapes within a work by covering the transparency of one painting and outlining the geometric forms
  • Ask individuals to create their own storytelling resist illustration for a familiar fairy tale
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson assumes that instructors are familiar with and can communicate to young artists the concepts of negative space, composition, line, cohesiveness, and theme
  • Although the lesson calls for a studio, the work could easily be done in a regular classroom



  • An engaging way to combine literature and art

  • The discussion of the artist features of the activity would need to be revised for younger learners