This workshop has been canceled for June 2023. Stay tuned for future offerings.

Finding Interdisciplinary Connections between the Language and Visual Arts

When: Thursday, June 22 & Friday, June 23, 2023, 9:00-3:30

Where: Luther Bonney Hall #424, University of Southern Maine, Portland

Cost: $150.00 (includes materials fee)

Contact Hours: 12

● Imagery ● Format ● Pattern ● Composition ● Style ● Rhythm ● Metaphor

How can we expand our understanding of these elements to include both the Language and Visual Arts? This workshop is for teachers who are interested in multi-disciplinary thinking, learning and making that combines both disciplines. Through writing poetry and creating a one-of-a-kind “artist’s book” we will investigate the relationship of form and content through aesthetic and literary means. The emphasis will be on process and skill-building. No previous Book Arts experience required!

We will consider some of the many educational benefits of integrated teaching and learning:

  • Expression of Student Identity
  • Experiential Problem-Solving
  • Diversity of Student Experience
  • Honoring Multiple Intelligences

The intended audience for this workshop is teachers of grades 3-12 and administrators / curriculum specialists who are interested in Interdisciplinary teaching and learning.


Judy Novey (Visual Arts) and Lorry Stillman (Language Arts) are both veteran teachers at the Middle and Secondary levels. Together, over a span of twenty years, they created and taught an interdisciplinary course called Word & Image that combined the literacies of both of their disciplines. In retirement, they have developed a series of presentations and workshop formats that focus on the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. 

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