For the past ten years Junius Wright has been teaching European Literature and Creative Writing at the Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina. During this time, Junius has developed classroom activities and lessons that help students hone the skills they need to independently analyze, interpret, and explain the significance of a work. For the past five years, Junius has been sharing his classroom discoveries with other teachers through consulting, workshops, and publications. He has served as an educational consultant to Redux Gallery, The Gibbes Museum of Art, and The Spoleto Festival. He has presented and conducted his visual literacy workshop at numerous conferences including the 2007 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) national conference in New York City. Junius has also shared many of his ideas through written publications. As a writer for NCTE’s on-line site ReadWriteThink, He has shared his innovative ideas with thousands of teachers across the nation. With his wife, Tracy, Junius has authored thirty issues of The Bic Teacher Times a newsletter that shares innovative ideas and tips for the classroom teacher. All of Junius’ lessons, consulting
concepts, and workshops were developed through the Visual Literacy Project, a program he created to help teachers integrate visual literacy into the traditional classroom curriculum. It is through this program that Junius has been seeking and developing new ways to work with visual artists in schools. One example of a collaborative projects is The Fusion Project conducted with the New York artist, Fletcher Crossman. The project featured an installation of Crossman's original works at the Academic Magnet High School. During the five week installation, the works were integrated into the Creative Writing and European Literature classes through activities and projects (see the "six panel" lesson featured in the video to the right). The paintings later joined other works by Crossman for his
, at the Gaillard Auditorium. During the exhibition at the Gaillard, words and images created by students were projected onto Crossman's canvasses transforming them into new interpretative works of art.
exhibition, Great Big Paintings