My first program there, Art Studio-to-Go, is for ages 3-5 with a caregiver. I’ll be sharing a picture book and helping young artists make shape collages.
I Am an Artist, for ages 5-8, is all about Eric Carle’s techniques and process.
My final program at Cary, Possibilities in Print for ages 9-12, delves into how picture books are produced and offers a change to make multiple color prints of one’s own.
If you’re interested in learning more about these programs and what else is on slate for children at Cary Memorial Library, click here.
Also next week, Sarah visits kindergarteners in Enfield, CT, and Diana will be at Ashland Public Library. Click here to learn more about our outreach programs for students and check back later when we post about how everything goes this month!
Making books with kids can be a lot of fun, especially if you have the right materials and enough time to work at a comfortable pace. The best book styles to make with young children have easy to follow steps and open-ended ways for them to show their individuality through pictures and stories. Here are a couple of book forms I made with Lilly DePino’s kindergarten class last Thursday at Dummerston School in Vermont.
Before I arrived, we prepared a set of pre-folded warm or cool papers for each student. They could cut any 2 shapes out of the paper with scissors, but were instructed to leave plenty of space along the center fold so it could be bound at the end.
Some children cut small shapes, and others cut large shapes.
After all of their shapes were cut, students decided the order of their pages, thinking about what areas they wanted to reveal from one page to the next. The teachers and I helped them staple the finished book along the spine. The rainbow book provoked an interesting conversation about color, and I asked them what each family of colors made them think of. Warm colors reminded them of fire and the sun. Cool colors made them think of water, grass and the sky.
For the second book form, in a circle on the carpet I introduced the students to bone folders (seen in the image below) and allowed them to test the new tool out with scrap pieces of paper. Then I handed out a long sheet of colored construction paper and step by step we turned them into accordion books. Having everyone in a circle made it easy to see who needed help or was still working on a step.
Next, the children went back to their tables and drew stories with markers on four separate sheets of drawing paper.
Once they finished drawing their stories, they glued each page in the order of their choice.
Behind the little girl holding her book below, you can see two very kind kindergarteners helping put away the baskets and trays (without me even asking!). If I’ve learned anything from my many school visits over the years, it’s that they love to be helpful! I will take all the help I can get when it comes to cleaning up after making art .
My next stop this week is to work with the kindergarten classes at Pine Hill School in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Hopefully I’ll have some more photos to share when I return! For more information about The Carle’s Outreach Programs click here.
On Monday and Tuesday of last week, Sarah and I got to work with all of the kindergarteners and 1st graders at Florence Roche School in Groton, MA. I just wanted to share some fun photos from working with my new friends!
First, they took turns stamping with a variety of textures and colors.
Then, they cut their textured papers into Eric Carle inspired collages.
I wish I could remember the stories that went along with each picture they created! I have memories of alligators, airplanes, rocks, snakes and birds. What do you see when you look at each of their beautiful collages? So many creative solutions working with the same materials!
It’s that time of year again! We’ve been busy in The Studio cutting construction paper, sorting scissors and glue sticks, and packing up paints in preparation for the numerous Art Studio programs scheduled throughout New England (and beyond!) this Spring.
Our most popular Studio outreach program is I Am an Artist, where students learn about Eric Carle’s artistic process and get to stamp their own set of Eric Carle inspired papers to then use in a collage. The folks at The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, Rhode Island put together a Vimeo slideshow of my visit from last spring. You can view the slideshow in Meghan’s post here .
Tomorrow and Tuesday we’re off to Florence Roche Elementary in Groton, MA to work with their six kindergarten classes and four first grade classes to make Eric Carle inspired collages.
Florence Roche Elementary School
On Thursday I’ll be at The Dummerston School in Vermont to make books with one of the kindergarten classes for the program Bookmaking Basics.
The Dummerston School
For more information on how to book a program for your school, visit our Student Outreach Programs page. Hopefully next week I’ll have some fun photos to share from my travels!
If you live in viewing area of WWLP 22 News in Western MA, check out Mass Appeal tomorrow at 11am. I will be demonstrating how to make Valentines with your kids or students. If you’re not in our viewing area, you’ll be able to get a link to my segment here and on The Museum’s Facebook page later.
This past spring The Carle was awarded a grant from National Endowment for the Arts for an innovative museum-school partnership in collaboration with the Maurice A Donahue School in Holyoke MA. The year-long project, called Picture This! Bridging Arts and Literacy is designed to use picture books to build bridges between the arts and literacy in 3 second grade classrooms through a variety of activities we’ll post about throughout the year.
At the start of the school year, educators from The Carle trained the 2nd grade teachers and support staff in the approaches we use to help young people make connections between art, books, literacy and to develop methods for integrating the arts into all areas of the curriculum.
Recently I accompanied artist/illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg to Donahue School in what was the first of three two-day visits to the second grade classes by nationally celebrated artists. On day one Melanie shared two of her books, A City Is and Mermaids on Parade, in support of the school’s English Language Arts curriculum. She also answered questions from eager students in all of the second grade classrooms. During the second day Melanie guided students in an art project designed to be the springboard for a personal narrative. Since Melanie’s visit the students have been writing about their “special places” and why they are important to them.
The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, Jose! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Raul Colon
In the spring, Raul Colon and Jerry Pinkney will be making similar visits to the second graders, but in the meantime, the students will be visiting The Carle on December 7th, and we’ll be working with the teachers to see how the strategies they’re employing are impacting the students.
Throughout the year, the Museum and school are reaching out to the families of the second graders so that the connections with art and books they make in this project will be nurtured in their home life as well.
The culmination of this exciting year is an exhibition of the students’ artwork and a family night here at The Carle in May. All of the involved students, their families, teachers and administration from Donohue will be able to celebrate the year’s achievements and those yet to come in the student’s lives.
The first workshop of the day was I Am an Artist. We discussed Eric Carle’s illustration process, created unique papers echoing Eric’s signature style and then created colorful collages with the papers (ages 5-7).
In the second workshop, Bookmaking Basics we practiced folding, gluing and binding different styles of books to hold our words and pictures (ages 8-10).
The last workshop of the day, Thinking with Found Materials we read a story with inspiring illustrations and created assemblages using an array of colorful found materials (ages 3-4 with caregiver).
It’s always fun to bring The Carle Museum experience to children and adults who may have never been to our Museum.
Thanks for having us Darien Library!
Interested in bringing The Carle’s outreach programs to your school or library? Click here.
Last week Diana was on the road making art with three Kindergarten classes at Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls, R.I. She had a lot of fun talking with students about Eric Carle’s process and helping them make collages. The school put together a fabulous slideshow of their students exploring the stamps, paint, scissors and glue, take a look!
For details about bringing the Carle’s Outreach Programs to your school, library or event, click here.
Welcome to Making Art with Children, a blog from the Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Whether you’re a parent, educator or artist, we hope the ideas shared here inspire you to create meaningful experiences with children and art.
The Studio is a space for visitors of all ages to explore materials and techniques, ignite their imagination and discover their own visual language. With a commitment to education through art, our goal is to foster creative and intellectual development through making art.
In The Art Studio Animals Abound June 19 - July 17, 2013 Free with Museum Admission Using Eric Carle’s tissue paper collage technique, create an original furry, finned, or feathery creature of your own.