BESIDES ART IS FUN!
There are many artistic disciplines that can be incorporated into teaching written communication - from the Fine Arts to the Culinary Arts. Who would not prefer to eat their maths work as pizza fraction problems rather than just doing them?
As well as creating art, appreciating art by others is a fantastic way to get children talking, questioning and hypothesizing about all kinds of different scenarios. A piece of artwork is an instant visual or multi-sensory stimulus that can act as a rich starting point to encourage those children who often shut down when simply asked to "write about...".
Why not give a struggling reader a book of paintings by some of the great masters during quiet reading time? They will instantly begin to formulate their own stories and ideas about who, why, where, when etc.. a painting came into being.
I recently came across this brilliant book, Alphab'art by Anne Guery and Oliver Dussutour.
What letter is hiding in this painting by Hopper? Is there a story behind this picture?
A famous painting within another famous painting but can you see the letter S?
This is a truly inspiring book. I have a copy in The Learning Den if you want to explore its possibilities!