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Friday, January 18, 2013

Collage, collage, collage

Out On the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman, Illustrated by Susan Swan
Out on the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman, illustrated by Susan Swan is an entrancing book.  Told in "Over in the Meadow" like verse, the wonderful array of colors and layers of paper and items bring great depth to this real information book.
The illustrations were created by manipulating found objects, hand-painted papers and scans of objects and textures in Adobe Photoshop to create new patterns, adding digital paintings, and then collaging the two together.
I love collage and loved studying the pictures with it's unending layers and pieces.  I admire how Swan mixes colors and textures.
There are fact pages at the back and I will use this when we study grasslands during our year of habitats study with my homeschool group.  This fits right into a 2nd - 4th grade habitat unit.
Check out Swan's Website with lots of her work.

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