Two Waters Arts Alliance
Artists in Schools

Residency Artists

Rodika Tollefson

RESIDENCY OFFERED:
MAGAZINE, NEWSLETTER, NEWSPAPER, WRITING

SCHOOL CURRICULUM COMPLEMENTED:
English, drama, social sciences, yearbook.

SUPPLIES & TIME FRAME:
Notebooks, pens, computers, scanners, cameras, basis software (such as Microsoft Word), access to a printer and other equipment for digital production. For conventional production, supplies required would be paper, glue, pencils, scissors, and old magazines for clipping stock art.

3 Hours minimum – 9 hours maximum

AGE GROUP:
4th to 7th grades

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Publish a print publication; Such as newspaper, magazine or newsletter. Each student will have an opportunity to participate in activities such as writing, art production (including photography or drawing), pagination, interviewing, and planning, based on their individual skills and interests. Students will make decisions, under the artist’s guidance, on the final outcome of the project, as well as evaluate techniques, information gathering and basic research.

ALTERNATIVE PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Elements of good writing for grades 3 – 5 In a shorter version, the artist would discuss the process of writing nonfiction stories with students. Students would learn how to interview each other, ask good questions, write interesting leads incorporate fiction techniques into their writings to make their stories compelling. They would learn to organize their thoughts and narratives into “people stories” or mini-profiles

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
Rodika has a BA in Journalism and a Master of Communications in Digital Media Education.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
“Magazines, newsletters, and other media are an important aspect of our lives and a vehicle for information sharing. It is also a great way to communicate thoughts and ideas to a larger audience. By experiencing the process behind publication production, students will better understand how to use this communication tool, as well as how to apply, in a practical environment, the skills they learn in the classroom. Through this presentation, I hope to show them how to explore their creativity, make good decisions, as well as show to achieve a balance between ideas and practical implementation”.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Rokika Tollefson is an award-winning journalist with more than 10 years experience in the publishing field. Currently she is self-employed full-time as a contributing writer and editor for three local newspapers, and the WestSound Home & Garden magazine. Rodika is a Peninsula School District parent who has occasionally volunteered in her children’s classrooms and was previously a Two Waters Arts Alliance “Resident Artist”.

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