Writing and Art Activities



River of Words Young Poets and Artists Teaching Guide

Do your students ever have trouble selecting what to create? We hope they find inspiration among the many writing prompts and art activities to get them thinking about their watershed and environment.



Writing and Art Activities for Students

ROW art 2015

Textures of Nature

A Watershed Explorer Activity

The world is full of a variety of textures. Learning how to sense textures in three-dimensional forms can help us learn how to represent textures two-dimensionally. In this fun activity, we'll be investigating and describing our natural world by  creating rubbings of different textures.

A blue question mark

Mystery Item Activity

A Watershed Explorer Activity

This fun activity will help you discover the interconnectedness of ecosystems, as you use observation and imagination to think about a Mystery Item in the natural world.

A young girl and a deer

Writing to Art and Photographs

A Watershed Explorer Activity

We are surrounded by images in our daily world. We can practice writing to the world around us by beginning with writing to Art and Photographs we are drawn to or interested in. Capturing the phrases and images that come to us as we look at a piece of art sometimes leads to poetry.

Two rabbits

Writing with Artifacts

Young Artists and Poets on the Nature of Things

There are items we pass every day in our lives, like leaves, rocks, pinecones, and more. What happens when we pause and look closely at these items? What happens when we write about them? Try this activity and find out! 

ROW art from 2015

Zooming in

Young Artists and Poets on the Nature of Things

Think from the perspective of an insect and write a persona poem! 

a dog sitting by a red and blue wall

Zooming Out

Young Artists and Poets on the Nature of Things

Think from a perspective distant from your own, of a place that is familiar to you, and write a poem in the style of James Wright's “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota”

ROW art from 2017

An Invitation to Experience Nature

Young Artists and Poets on the Nature of Things

Read the poem Francis', "Summons" and use the craft to create a poem using commands.

ROW art winner 2017

Learn About Craft

River of Words Spotlight


Learn about what others do to get inspired straight from students whose creative work has been selected for publication in the River of Words Anthology.