Roz MacLean

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Roz MacLean

Author, Illustrator
Vancouver, BC
Awards

Indepent Book Publisher Asssociation's Benjamin Franklin Award (Winner, 2017)

Eric Hoffer Award (Runner-up, 2015)

Genres

Beginning Readers, Picture books

Biography

Roz MacLean loves art, story-telling, and her work as an educator.  Her background consists of training in Fine Arts from SFU's program for Contemporary Arts Progam and the Emily Carr University of Design, as well as in education and child development.

Her books are directly inspired by her experiences supporting students with diverse needs within school communities, where she is able to see first hand the powerful language of art and story in promoting social-emotional learning, and also gets inspiration for her next books! Inspired by her work in schools, Roz pursues themes of developing positive mental health, inclusivity and fostering safe and vibrant school communities.

She has written and illustrated The Body Book- a picture book for young readers that explores and celebrates body diversity, and Violet's Cloudy Day- a picture book for readers in grades one to four.  In Violet's Cloudy Day, readers follow Violet on her first day at a new school where she learns to cope with anxiety by cultivating a more self-compassionate and optimistic attitude. Roz also illustrated Lucy's Tree, a book by Helen Davidson about the friendship between a girl and the tree in her yard, and Mommy's 26 Careers, a feminist alphabet book written by Keegan Connor Tracey.

Presentations
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The Body Book - Learning About Body Diversity

School is a place where everyone looks a little different, and The Body Book helps children to understand that this a natural and fun part of life.  After all, life would be boring if everybody was the same!

While it's easy for kids to take a cue from popular culture and think that there is only one "right" type of body, ALL bodies are in fact great just the way they are. The Body Book's  message of acceptance and celebration helps kids not only to relate to their own unique shape and abilities in a positive way, but makes it clear that there is no reason to make fun of any person because of how they look. 

With a Powerpoint slideshow, a music video, drawing and painting demonstration and movement and dance breaks, this presentation is designed for maximum fun.  Roz not only talks about her own process but leads age appropriate discussion about the major theme of the book. By reframing how we relate to our bodies from how they look to how they feel to be in, children will be on their way to developing attitudes that will help prevent bullying, low self-esteem, and promote a positive body image.

There is an optional art workshop component to this presentation.

Specifics:

Maximum size: 3 classes, or approx 90 - 100 children per presentation

access to a projector, screen or blank wall space, and speakers

flip chart or drawing surface, oil pastels and water colour paint (for art demonstration).  

approx one hour

books can be brought for sale upon request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)

Fees: $350 ($500 for Violet's Cloudy Day and The Body Book)

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Violet's Cloudy Day - Building Resilience

It's Violet's first day at a new school, and boy is she worried! But these unusual worries do something a little different- they poof into the air and become 'worry clouds' that continue to follow her around all day.  These magical clouds eventually shrink Violet down to the size of a mouse, and become a barrier to her engaging with her new school and possible new friends. Through this visual metaphor, readers are encouraged to learn with Violet how developing more 'helpful thoughts'- a script informed by self-compassion, optimism and a firm belief in one's own abilities, can pull us out of our worried thinking and allow us to connect with those around us and do our best. 

This presentation consists not only of a powerpoint slide show, but of discussion about the process of image making that includes records of the artwork in its early stages, materials and a demonstration of art techniques.

Discussion of worried thinking that students might experience in their own lives, and brainstorming helpful thoughts, will help students to practice cultivating their own 'helpful' self-talk.

There is an optional art workshop component to this presentation.

Specifics: 

Maximum size: 3 classes, or approx 90 - 100 children per presentation

access to a projector, screen or blank wall space

flip chart or drawing surface (for art demonstration).  

approx one hour

books can be brought for sale upon request

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6)

Fees: $350 ($500 for Violet's Cloudy Day and The Body Book)

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The Body Book- Art Workshop

In this workshop we engage creatively with the themes of The Body Book using styles and techniques in the book. Focusing on the question "What is my favourite thing to do in my body?" students create artwork that resembles the illustrations from the book. With this question, the focus is shifted from how our bodies look to how we experience them. This concept is an early step in cultivating a positive relationship with our bodies. 

This workshop works well with one classroom (25-30 kids) and engagement from teachers and other adults to assist children with transitions between steps and with art materials

duration is approx 1.5 hours

Materials:

- white paper for practice draft (1 / student)

- watercolour paper (1 / student)

- oil pastels (can be shared)

- watercolour paints (shared)

       - can be arranged so students have access to a variety of colours

       - please make sure paints are clean and ready to go

- water containers

- paper towels (1 +/ student)

- paint brushes (access to different sizes)

- black markers (Sharpie markers work well)

- flip chart and large display surface (smart board/ chalkboard) for art demonstration

 

*Practicing paint skills before hand will maximize time with artist:

- practise washing brushes between colours, dabbing on paper towel in between colours to avoid mixing

- testing how the amount of water affects the paint, how much paint and water do you need?

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3)

Fees: $250 per half day (can be combined with Violet's Cloudy Day workshop)

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Violet's Cloudy Day- Art Workshop

This workshop culminates in the creation of a decorative leafy tree that resembles the one in the book, with each child contributing their own leaves.  In addition to the concept of Violet's Cloudy Day, we will explore art techniques such as cross hatch sketching that are used in the book's artwork.  Display of this tree in the classroom will serve as an encouraging reminder every day.

 

Ideally one class or approx. 30 students

Approx. 1.5 hour lesson

 

Materials:

scrap or practise paper

thick white paper

drawing materials 

oil pastels

watercolour paints

brushes, water containers, paper towel

surface for drawing/ display (flip chart, smart board, chalk board)

 

 

 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250 per half day (can be combined with Body Book workshop)