This unit of study is designed to introduce students to the concept
of "Illustration" as applied to books for young children.
Introductory focus is on illustrators who have earned the distinction of having
their work recognized with the Caldecott Award. Many of the books on
the Caldecott list are titles students recognize from their own childhood,
giving them more of a relationship with the project.
addition to addressing Visual Arts skills, the activities reinforce:
writing and written language skills.
and foreign language connections -- students are required to integrate a
second language or cultural focus in their book.
is utilized both as a research tool and as a tool for making art as used
in graphic design production studios.
illustration and graphic design as visual arts related careers.
this lesson, students will:
awareness of Illustration as a component of Graphic Design and Visual Arts
and the role it plays in the development of books for children.
on the roles of both author and illustrator, and learn and apply new techniques
to develop their personal ideas
those personal ideas into a final product in the form of a book appropriate
for a young child.
collage concepts, processes, techniques and materials appropriate for creating
images for a child's book.
lesson addresses all
State of NC Art Education Goals:
1 (Sub goals: all ) Develop critical and creative thinking skills
and perceptual awareness necessary for understanding and producing art
2 (Sub goals: all ) Develop skills necessary for understanding
and applying media, techniques, and processes.
Goal 3 (Sub goals: all) Recognize, apply and evaluate the
design principles used in composition.
Goal 4 (Sub goals: all) Choose and evaluate a range of subject
matter and ideas to communicate intended meaning in art work.
Goal 5 (Sub goals: 1,2,3) Understand the visual arts in
relation to history and culture
Goal 6 (Sub goals: 1-3,6,8) Reflect upon and assess the
characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
Goal 7 (Sub goals: 1,2,5) Perceive connections between visual
arts and other disciplines
Goal 8 (Sub goals: all) Develop an awareness of art as a
profession (NC Goal)
The Teacher will ...
a web search or similar independent
study research activity to introduce students to illustration of children's
picture books. This is assigned approximately
two weeks prior to beginning unit of study.
on-line submissions and document
for a grade; document books brought in by students as related to submitted
Illustration and define the role it plays in the visual, graphic arts.
Eric Carle as a Caldecott Award winner, share images of his work from children's
books, define the process he uses to create decorated papers and construct
images for his books.
with students characteristics of a young child's book, (Students who are hesitant
about their drawing skills are reminded that they are drawing for a small
child. The style of Eric Carle is one that is basic and lends itself
to a lot of fun and creativity on the part of the student, and success for
students with varying levels of skills.)
project requirements and choices for students: can be a thematic Child's
Counting book from 1 to 10, a Story Book, or a Process Book (such as making
special ethnic cookies with a grandparent with recipe included). All
counting books are to also be written in a second language. The story
book can be written in a second language, or be written about a child's adventure
or experiences in a foreign country or have a similar, obvious cultural connection.
All books must have a second culture connection.
examples of books created by previous students showing a variety of topics
and approaches to images.
and lead students through a series of brainstorming activities and storyboarding
to define focus for project theme and development.
and Demonstrate Paste Paper
process for creating decorated papers to be used for image construction
for use in books.
handouts to define layout guidelines, storyboard template, numbering of pages,
and overall project requirements.
feedback and guidance as students develop images for use in books.
time in computer lab that has Photo Shop software for student use.
and scan student created images for use in computer lab. Create CDs
of images categorized by folders for classes and students.
handouts for computer lab reference, specifically layout guidelines, page
sizes, margins and gutter size for use when setting up pages in Photo Shop.
student progress and assist with problem solving as related to use of software,
layout problems, and overall help as needed.
shared books in class while students work and at end of activity as time allows
with reference to styles and techniques used by various illustrators featured.
self-assessment documents and/or rubrics for students to reflect upon, and
asses, their success on their finished product and for teacher assessment.
Student Will ...
in research as outlined by the activity directions and critique the work
of a chosen children's illustrator.
research and activity findings by completing the linked on-line
submission and submitting it by the defined due date and time.
and acquire a copy of the Caldecott Award winning book featured in submitted
independent research activity, and bring the book to class on date(s) defined
images of work by Eric Carle presented by teacher and view student examples
of earlier created children's books to better understand the assignment
criteria, materials and processes, and related aspects.
format and theme for project; define categories, break down ideas into cell-like
format of story board layout.
the Paste Paper process
to decorate papers for image use.
decorated papers in a collage like approach to construct
all images for desired book illustrations.
finished images as completed to teacher for digital scanning.
translation verification from foreign language instructor on campus or other
certified/reliable adult in community.
handouts for computer lab , noting border measurements, gutters, numbering
of pages, and defined layout requirements.
with Photo Shop software to remove backgrounds from scanned images,
layer images to build each page, set text and/or numbers, create endsheets,
create book cover, and save finished page layouts.
printed book pages and prepare the pages for lamination or other form of
presentation defined by teacher.
a self-assessment of completed project.
for sketching/story boards and brainstorming themes and ideas
white drawing paper
ounce foam drink cups
of water for each table
or Newsprint 12"x18" +
Towels for clean up and textures
found objects, brayers, hair picks, cut mat board scraps for mark making,
tooth picks, wooden coffee stir sticks, rubber erasers for cut stamps, corks,
pipe cleaners for bent shapes, spool ends, dry cut potatos, toothbrushes
easel paint brushes
(dry mix or cooked)
colored paper scraps for image background to facilitate scanning and Photo
Shop cut work.
references for constructing desired images, such as magazines, coloring
books, photographs, etc.
Art of Eric Carle (Philomel Books)
The Art of Making Paste Papers (Watson Guptil)
Bookworks (Watson Guptil)
Cover to Cover (Lark Books)
Encyclopedia of Papermaking & Bookbinding (Running
Unique Handmade Books (Sterling)
Color Mixing Terminology
Shop specific: (Defined
by teacher - refer to software manual)