Educators' Guide

Melissa Loop carefully studies real places and transforms them into “unnaturally natural” fantasy landscapes. She is interested in leaving an impression that seems familiar without being real. Write a detailed description of a place you have been. What did you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch? How did you feel being there?

Paint a realistic picture of the place you wrote about. Then, use some of Melissa Loop’s techniques to alter it. Add something that isn’t there, paint over a section with an unusual color. See if you can evoke a different feeling with your transformation.