Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.
As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:
- identify Lois Ehlert as a children's author and artist who uses collage in her art
- identify biographical information, books and awards related to Ehlert
- use found materials and collage to create artworks modeled after Ehlert's style
- identify and explain the term collage
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- Cardboard or tagboard (1 piece per student)
- Collage materials, such as buttons, feathers, seeds, ribbons, sticks, leaves, grasses, etc.
- Lois Ehlert books mentioned in the lesson
- A variety of Lois Ehlert books illustrated using collage and found objects
- Read the section 'Imagination Origination' of the lesson Lois Ehlert: Biography, Books & Awards aloud to the students, then discuss:
- What do you think the title of this section, 'Imagination Origination' is saying about Ehlert's work?
- What are her 'trademark techniques' for illustrating books?
- What was Ehlert's first children's picture book?
- Read the 'Books' section, showing the books as you come to them:
- Planting a Rainbow
- Color Zoo
- Feathers for Lunch
- Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On
- Nuts to You!
- Under My Nose
- Now read the rest of the lesson, then discuss:
- What were some of the awards that her books won?
- Can you pick out any of her trademark techniques in these books?
- Now, share illustrations from several of Ehlert's books that are illustrated with collages.
- Ask students what they notice about all the illustrations in these books.
- Explain that these are illustrated using collage and define collage.
- Examine some of the illustrations closely and identify some materials that can be seen in the images, such as feathers, paper, ribbon, seeds, bottle caps, twigs, and buttons.
- Display the quiz and discuss each question with the students to check for understanding.
- Remind the students that the biography of Lois Ehlert told them that she used collage and found objects to illustrate many of her books.
- Tell students they are going to try to create collages like Lois Ehlert.
- Provide students with colored paper, found materials, glue, scissors, and a piece of cardboard, and ask them to create their own collage using cut or torn paper and found materials, using the cardboard or tagboard for the background.
- (If there is time, students might take a brief walk near the school to collect found materials to use in their collages)
- When students are finished with their collage pictures, display them with an assortment of Lois Ehlert's collage books.
- Have students try to create a collage story book.
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