Marie Olofsdotter | Literary & Visual Arts

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Marie Olofsdotter | Literary & Visual Arts

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"Marie drew students into the poetry writing process easily. She had good examples and brainstorming activities for the students to easily become involved and be able to write a poem each day. She was well prepared and grade level appropriate, and fun and easy to work with." -- Ms. Mach, Meadowbrook Elementary School

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).

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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

Residencies

Poetry: Your Voice is a Kaleidoscope

Use creative visualization, drawing and journaling to create a basic portfolio of poems. Experi-ence a whole-brain approach to writing that opens the door to creativity. Learn how to use valu-able writing tools, while being introduced to poets from around the world. Incorporate metaphor, figurative language, pattern and rhythm in the new works. Share poems aloud and practice revision and peer editing.

 

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—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 adven-tures of a main character. Use drawing exercises and basic role-play to bridge visual and lan-guage arts. Bring in items from nature to inspire texture and sensory details. Write high fantasy fiction based on Swedish myth, folk beliefs, and mythical figures.

 

Roots: An Exploration of Ancestry

In a curriculum called ROOTS students explore their own cultural heritage through poetry and letter writing. Write an autobiographical poems, create a family tree, recall memorable moments in a timeline, and compose a letter to a future self. Create an accordion book to hold the writing, a memento for years to come.

 

Workshops

Poetry: Your Voice is a Kaleidoscope

Use creative visualization, drawing and journaling to get the ideas rolling and create poems that sparkle. Learn about metaphor, figurative language, pattern and rhythm while being introduced to poets from around the world. Share poems aloud for the written word to come alive.

 

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—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.

 

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.

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