Today I taught a lesson with a first grade class on their author of the month. Every month they choose a different author to highlight. This year the teacher decided to do Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle together because of their illustration style. They both use materials besides paint, markers, crayons or other "normal" art tools. Instead they use items from around them.
Ehlert especially uses all sorts of fun things like leaves from outside in her yard or string she found while on a walk.
Carle uses tissue paper and pastes to make his pictures come to life.
Today we used our own supplies from the library to make fun pictures and write a sentence to go along with them. How fun to be an illustrator!