About the artist
Based in Plainfield, Indiana, Bonnie Stahlecker has been practicing book arts and sculpture since 1981, when she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a teaching artist with Arts for Learning for more than 15 years. Explaining her work, Bonnie points out that artist’s books are “artwork in the form of a book.” “They have both a two-dimensional component and a three-dimensional shape,” she says. “They allow the viewer a personal and narrative experience.” As she works with her students in bookmaking, Bonnie’s goal is to entice kids into wanting to make their own books filled with illustrations and words. “I have created the instructions for these books easy enough for the students to make more books on their own, which happens often after my visit to the classroom.” Bonnie recently received the 2013 Creative Renewal Fellowship, for which she will learn more about leather and metal work and conduct research at the British Museum To learn more about Bonnie, visit her website.
Bonnie Maurer is an Indianapolis-based poet and writer. In addition to a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry, she has earned degrees in Anthropology and Teaching English as a Second Language. She is the author of several published books of poetry, and has been working in the arts-in-education field since 1984. In teaching children about poetry and creative writing, she strives to make the process fun, imaginative and engaging for the students. “I remind myself that as a teacher I am a catalyst for writing energy in the classroom. So I bring hands-on objects to make writing more immediate and to spark students’ natural curiosity.” Some examples of her workshop titles include, “Hello Mail Box,” “The Friendly Letter Poems,” “Body-Talk Poems,” and “Native American Poems.” Depending on the needs of the class, Bonnie will customize her creative writing program to suit the curriculum. “From observing me, I hope students learn that they have permission to explore their own responses, to solve problems, change their minds, express themselves in new ways, and discover what they really think.”