Writing to Art and Photographs

1. Select your image.

Below is a carasol of images of winning and finalist River of Words artwork created by students in 2015. You can find a full catalogue of artwork by clicking here -> River of Words Art and Poetry Galleries.


2. Look closely at the image and jot down whatever comes to mind.

Some questions you might consider:

  • What objects do you see? What's in the background? The foreground? 
  • What do you imagine is happening in the art?
  • What do you feel when you look at the art?
  • What time of day is it in this artwork? 
  • Does this image remind you of anything?


3. Brainstorm possible ways you might write about the art.

Here are some possibilities:

  • Describe what you see
  • Tell the story that you see happening in the art
  • Write a poem or song to go with the art
  • Imagine a conversation among the subjectsbecome a person or object in the piece of art and speak form its perspective or from the perspective of something or someone that has been left out of the piece.


4. Now, freewrite for 3-5 minutes

When you finish freewriting you can:

  • Read it out loud to yourself
  • Give your piece of writing a title.
  • And of course...share your creation with a friend or loved one!


5. Put your writing in a drawer

Put your writing away. Let it breathe. Revisit it later with fresh eyes before you revise.