Children Book Art Lesson By: Danielle Brooks

Lois Ehlert, born on November 9, 1934 (89), came from a creative background. Her father was a woodworker and her mother a seamstress. Her parents would give her leftover lumber and fabric, and she enjoyed turning these into creative projects. She unsurprisingly graduated from Layton School of Art in Milwaukee to later become a successful children's book illustrator known for using collage. (

She creates this collage art technique by cutting paper, textiles, thread, and even items she finds while walking, and glues them to paper.
Some of her children's books include: Leaf Man, Mice, and Snowballs.
and the most well-known, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Students will experience her technique by cutting paper into shapes and/or collecting necessary items from outside, then gluing them in the shape of any object they'd like on a colored card stock piece of paper.

Student Examples

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