Adult fans of Make Way for Ducklings, Time of Wonder, and Homer Price will enjoy browsing through this book filled with Jane McCloskey’s memories of her father as well as the details and insights she includes about his life and work before her appearance. Nearly every page is dotted with images from his eight, still popular and unforgettable books along with “back stories” of their gestation. Inclusion of some of his non-book art, rarely seen outside the family, makes this 200-page book a special treat.
Eric Carle once received a fan letter from a child that said, “You are a good picture writer.” Eric Carle loves this letter because it describes perfectly how he feels about his art. He’s not just creating illustrations or making pictures, but writing the pictures and writing the story with his art.
Many of you may be familiar with the video, Eric Carle: Picture Writer, which has been a valuable resource for fans and educators since 1993. In the video, Eric Carle talks about his books and art, showing how he makes collages and how he got the ideas for a few of his books. Today, we’re excited to announce a new 2011 updated version of this DVD. In this short film (30 minutes), the viewer visits Eric at home. They join him in his garden and in his art studio and watch how he creates his art. They learn about his childhood and how he became an artist. They hear how he comes up with the ideas for his books and gets to see drafts in progress. Unlike the old version which was produced before The Eric Carle Museum ever opened, this new version even includes Eric at The Carle, meeting fans, creating art with children in our Art Studio and explaining just why creating the museum was so important to him.
The staff here at The Carle had time before work this morning to sit down together in our Auditorium and see the new DVD for the first time. While many of us know Eric and are familiar with many of his personal anecdotes and stories, it was so wonderful to see them all put so masterfully together into the video. By watching the video you really feel like you’re right there with Eric, that he’s talking to you and you’re now in on all his secrets about how he creates his art. Eric talks directly to the artist within us all and says. “It’s easy. I can do it. You can do it.” In fact, after watching the movie on Saturday during Eric Carle’s book signing, a little boy was so inspired, he rushed right out of the auditorium to the art studio to create his own artwork. Then, when it was his turn to meet Eric Carle, he was able to show him his artwork with great pride and Eric was very touched. What a truly beautiful moment!
Like the original video, this DVD is perfect for anyone looking to do an author or illustrator study or wants to learn more about Eric Carle. For educators, it’s a perfect video to show in their classroom to introduce Eric Carle and his methods. Even for young audiences who might not be able to sit through the whole film, there are so many wonderful moments that can be shown as short clips, such as watching how Eric Carle paints his tissue papers, selects his colors, and even creates The Very Hungry Caterpillar in collage. This DVD is going to be valuable addition to any classroom or library.
We’re selling it now in our Shop here. If you’re interested in owning both editions, we are now selling them in a package set as well for a reduced price. Happy picture writing!
We’ve been so lucky to host the exhibition “What a Circus: The Art of Etienne Delessert” these past few months. It has been such a wonderful time filled with amazing art, book signings and personal gallery tours, and even a chance to learn from the master himself. This past Friday Etienne Delessert led a Master art class in our Art Studio, explaining his own artistic process and allowing other artists a glimpse into his own painting techniques and secrets, while allowing them to practice under his guidance.
Here’s Etienne Delessert showing his array of many colored pencils. He uses a combination of watercolor and colored pencils in his distinct illustration style.
Etienne Delessert & Sandy Littell. Photo by Sandy Soderberg
And here’s a sneak peek at his watercolor paint palette. Definitely the sign of a very active artist!
Etienne Delessert's paints. Photo by Sandy Soderberg.
There’s still time to see the Delessert exhibition before it closes Sunday, June 5th! Click here for more information about the show, or here to browse our Shop’s collection of Delessert books and prints.
This Sunday, April 17th, we are so excited to have world renowned author and artist Etienne Delessert back at The Carle for a day full of presentations, gallery tours and book signings. As you may already know, Delessert’s artwork is currently on exhibition in our East Gallery in What A Circus! The Art of Etienne Delessert. This Sunday at 12:00 pm in our Auditorium, Etienne Delessert will share his thoughts, both practical and philosophical, on drawing, painting, storytelling, and the world of picture books in a presentation titled Themes, Theories, and the Art of the Picture Book. Delessert will talk about the how and why of the images he creates and the audiences for which they are intended and then at 2:00 pm guide a personal tour of his exhibition, followed by a book signing outside our Shop. You can take a look at all of Delessert’s books, including the show’s beautiful exhibition catalog, as well as postcards and posters in our Shop online.
To make it even easier for our far (but-not-too-far) away friends in New York City to attend, we are offering a FREE chartered bus from the city to our beautiful countryside in Amherst, MA. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to escape the city and see some trees and cows and amazing artwork, but we’re also offering passengers free admission for the day to the museum. (We do ask for you to bring your own lunch). The bus leaves promptly at 8:00 am from Parsons The New School of Design at 66 5th Avenue and will return by 8:00 pm. The free bus and admission is sponsored generously by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.
It’s going to be a wonderful day at The Carle, wherever you may be joining us from, but if you’re in New York City and would like to catch a ride on the bus, make sure to call and reserve your seat by Friday, since space is limited. Click here for a pdf with the event and reservation information. For a wonderful interview with Etienne Delessert and images of his amazing and colorful artwork, visit Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Hope to see you all Sunday!
Join us Saturday, April 9th to welcome back to The Carle author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino! Dan will be doing a presentation about making his newest book in our Auditorium at 1:00 pm called “Digging Down to My Roots: The Story Behind All the Way to America.” Through slides and animation, Dan will share his creative process from ideas to published book, focusing on his book, All the Way to America: The Story of A Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel.
Here’s the trailer for the book:
You may remember Dan was here last year when his artwork for Dan Yaccarino’s Mother Goose was in our Golden Books exhibition. Andy interviewed him for one of our very first BookTalk sessions. (This was before we started video taping the sessions, but we should be able to get a transcript up of the interview for you all to see soon.) From that interview I’ve pulled 5 Fun Facts You Might Not Know about Dan Yaccarino:
1. He has a BIG collection of vintage toys
2. He loves maps and strange, quirky facts. Don’t believe us? Check out his book, Go Go America! Did you know there’s a pickle fest in Arkansas or a frog leg festival in Florida?
3. Dan’s family moved to a new town when he was ten, so he knows what it’s like to be the new kid at school.
4.As a kid he painted on the walls of his classroom. (His teacher said it was okay).
5. He’d even try to get extra credit on tests in school by adding little drawings and doodles (but it never worked).
Intrigued? Come meet Dan this Saturday and find out more! See you then…