Lesson #2: Sketching and Storyboarding

Part of the unit: Digital Narratives |


How can a text be an ispiration for the artist?
Students will be able to:
select images that form a narrative
Students will understand that:
Artists build upon their experiences to express a personal vision.

Student narratives, black Sharpie markers, ebony pencils, storyboard templates made from 80 lb. 9"x12" white drawing paper


Janet Wong's Night Garden


Before reading a selection from Night Gardens, the teacher should ask students to close their eyes and imagine the pictures inspired by the poem.  Chart responses as students answer the following questions:

  • What images did the poem inspire?  Which words suggested the image?
  • What colors do you associate with______________?
  • How does the word_______________make you feel?  What images do you associate with this?



Show the image related to the poem.

  • What are some words in the poem that Julie Paschkis might have used as inspiration for her illustration?
  • What seems real?  Imaginary?
  • How is her illustration similar or different from what you pictured?

Read a second poem and demonstrate how to make a simple storyboard that includes three images based on the images suggested in the poem. Emphasize that these images must tell the story described in the poem.

Distribute storyboard templates, pencils and markers.  Direct students to their own narratives.  Students should sketch at least three images to convey the story suggested by their poems.  On the same paper, they should write the words that inspired their images.

Invite one student to read the poem composed with the help of their classroom teacher, show his/her drawings, and explain their choice of images.