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Bonnie Stahlecker

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 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.

Programs

Monarchs Need Milkweeds

Workshop

This program uses the art of bookmaking to engage students in a conversation about ecology. Each student will make a book that illustrates the crucial relationship between the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant. With visual examples Bonnie will emphasize the special connection necessary for the monarch to continue to exist. Prior to the visit, teachers are encouraged to show the students the YouTube videos: Amazing Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Butterflies Migration Google Earth Tour.

Note: There are two book projects that share this topic:
The book designed for lower grades (2nd-3rd) has two large student drawn illustrations that show four stages of the monarch’s life cycle amid milkweed plants, with ample room for words.
The upper grades (4th-5th) will make a triangle-shaped book with a hidden foldout composite illustration of the six stages of the monarch’s life cycle displaying the symbiotic relationship with milkweed plants. There are six triangle shape pages for the writing.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Environmental Language Arts Life Skills Science
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75 Materials: $25

*Designed for grades 2-5

Learning Lincoln through Bookmaking

Workshop

Students will make a unique book with an interior space to illustrate Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood house in southern Indiana.  After a discussion on Lincoln history and family members, students will draw the inside of the log cabin.  Additional pages in the book are available for future student writing.

This program meets standards in Indiana History Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Day: $375 up to 5 workshops
Materials: $25 per classroom

Worming into Books

Workshop

This workshop will capitalize on the student’s knowledge of earthworms by introducing them to bookmaking, illustration and different writing styles. Each student will make a cleverly folded book with room for a long illustration of a worm and four pages of writing. The students will have the choice to create a fictional tale about their worm or they can make their worms realistic and write reports full of worm facts.

Teachers are encouraged to read Herman and Marguerite: An Earth Story by J. O’callahan or Diary of a Worm, prior to visit

This program meets standards in Environmental Language Arts Science
  • Grades: K-2
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Day: $375 up to 5 workshops
Materials: $25 per classroom

Creative Books and Beyond

Residency

Multiple visits with a bookmaker will provide opportunities for students to build books complete with illustrations, creative cover designs and text. Subjects will be geared towards science and literature.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

3-day: $225
Materials: $25 per classroom

Making Creative Books – For Teachers

Teacher Training

Bonnie will provide a hands-on workshop on bookmaking in this one or two hour session. This includes information, instructions, and resources for teachers to help students successfully complete book projects. Completion of this workshop is recommended before a residency. Adults only.

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills
  • Grades: K-23-5Educators
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Limit 35 teachers per session.
One-hour workshop: $200
Materials fee: $25 per workshop

Making Creative Books

Workshop

Students will learn the techniques of bookbinding in a fun and easy-todo way. Each workshop is custom designed around any subject matter you wish. Younger students’ books include clever folds and secret hiding places. Older students can make artist’s books, exploring unique structures.

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Day: $375 up to 5 workshops
Materials: $25 per classroom

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