Marie Olofsdotter | Visual Arts

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Marie Olofsdotter | Visual Arts

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I am a Swedish-born painter, poet, and picture books artist. My books have been honored by a Benjamin Franklin Award and a Minnesota Book Award. I’m the recipient of a Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, as well as grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Among my titles are A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez (Holiday House) and Sofia and the Heartmender (Holy Cow! Press).

Book This Artist

When I teach, I set the stage for my students to express their unique visual and literary vision. I fan the creative flame while teaching craft and provide an inspired and artful learning environment. My poetry classes open the imagination, and students learn to use tools such as anaphora and metaphor. I also teach fairy tale writing, and offer a variety of visual arts classes such as book making, illustration, and mask making.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Professional Development

Creating Space for Imagination

Learn how to create art-infused curricula. The program can focus on myth and fairy tale creation, book-making or poetry.

 

Residencies

Book Arts

Create and design an original book through this introduction to several bookmaking techniques and book arts projects. This residency can stand-alone, or be combined with Poetry: Your Voice as a Kaleidoscope or Fairy Tales or Swedish Myth—which would allow newly written work to be put into a handcrafted book.

 

Fairy Tales or Swedish Myth

Choose from two different themes: Fairy Tales or Swedish Myth. Create and record the adventures of a main character. Use drawing exercises and basic role-play to bridge visual and language arts. Write high fantasy fiction based on Swedish myth, folk beliefs, and mythical figures. Workshops can be expanded to include book-making or illustration.

 

Poetry: Your Voice is a Kaleidoscope

Use creative visualization, drawing and journaling to create a basic portfolio of poems. Bring in items from nature to inspire texture and sensory details. Learn about metaphor, figurative language, pattern and rhythm. Share poems aloud and practice revision and peer editing.

 

Roots: An Exploration of Ancestry

In a curriculum called ROOTS students explore their own cultural heritage by writing prose, letters and poetry. I present several visual arts classes including: bookmaking, illustration, mask making, and puppetry. I often combine art forms and design curriculum appropriate projects.

 

Workshops

Book Arts

Create and design an original book through this introduction to several bookmaking techniques and book arts projects. This residency can stand-alone, or be combined with Poetry: Your Voice as a Kaleidoscope or Fairy Tales or Swedish Myth—which would allow newly written work to be put into a handcrafted book.

 

Illustration

Learn how to find an interesting flow from image to image when illustrating a text. Work with text from a book to come up with imagery and learn the techniques and skills of illustrating.

 

Poetry: Your Voice is a Kaleidoscope

Use creative visualization, drawing and journaling to create a basic portfolio of poems. Bring in items from nature to inspire texture and sensory details. Learn about metaphor, figurative language, pattern and rhythm. Share poems aloud and practice revision and peer editing.