Expand Creative Thinking Throughout Your School Community
thirty years, Jeff was a public school art teacher
instructing students from kindergarten to college age. For
the past twelve years he has been involved with schools across the Midwest, conducting Author's Day visits and young writers and illustrators programs. He has visited
over 100 schools to date, ranging from elementary level to adult writing and illustrating workshops. Jeff
can build a customized program or workshop around your
needs. Following are some examples:
Author's Visit / Book
Visual Storytelling -
creating a story with pictures
The Heart and Art of Writing
How to Generate Ideas
for a Book / How to Get Published
Artist in Residence Workshops
Watercolor Painting For Young
Building a children's
Jeff shares his experiences from developing the idea of a book, through to the proofs, mockup and published copy of a children's book.
Jeff encourages students to take their own ideas and create simple, imaginative stories. Jeff typically plans three sessions: the first focuses on his background and experiences, with the goal of students starting to develop their own idea for a story. The second session is an exploration and development of a short story by the students. In the third session, Jeff guides the students in illustrating their story with watercolors, and explores various watercolor techniques.
Jeff Hagen describes his
I wrote travel and human
interest features for various American newspapers ro over 28
years (Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Minneapolis Star,
St. Paul Pioneer Press/Dispatch, Detroit news, The
Oregonian, Duluth Times Tribune and others). I have written
and illustrated stories for Outside Magazine, Lake Superior
Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, Wisconsin Trails, New China
and Cricket Magazines.
Passing was selected by Scott Foresman to be one of 36
historically significant stories to be included in their
Read Aloud Anthology. My creative work has appeared in
Europe and Asia. I wrote a story that appeared in "The
Beijing Review" in China. I am a frequent guest on regional
NPR radio talk shows and have appeared on TV's "Food
Channel". My children's book was one of the featured books
for young readers on ABC televisions "Good Morning America.
"After listening in rapt attention to his reading of "Hiawatha Passing", the questions asked by my students were some of the most reflective that I have heard. Most amazingly, his mood setting of quiet, peaceful reflection followed us back to our classroom where we continued to discuss the development of an author's story and how each student has their own story to tell."
Elementary Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin