Search form

The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

Accessibility Information

Visit the carle


Making Art Together

Animals, Art and the Imagination

Its hard to believe the summer is nearly over. For the Studio, the season goes out with a bang in our annual four-day program Animals, Art and the Imagination. This year's program concluded yesterday, so we need a few days to process some of the significant moments, but I couldn't start the weekend without sharing a few images from the week: Each day started at The Carle where we looked at and talked about art, . . . (The newly installed Imaginary Garden by Leo Lionni pictured here)

Leo Lionni's Imaginary Garden

and books, . . .

Reading Libary

met Author/Illustrator Ralph Masiello, . . .

Ralph Masiello

and imagined new plants and animals together.

Imaginary Animal

After lunch we hiked to Hampshire College's farm center, stopping to pick apples and make observations.

walk to the farm

At the farm we met chickens, pigs, goats and rabbits, ...

collecting eggs visiting the chickens

and made more art.

printmaking on the porch

It was a fun week!  



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Meghan Burch

This entry was posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 2:16 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Special Events, Classes, Nature, Special Guests and Artist Visits. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


Sunday, August 8, 2011 - 7:14 am
How did you make the circular wax resists? Some instructions, please!
Tuesday, August 8, 2011 - 12:01 pm
Hi Meg, The circular works in the last picture are actually polystyrene foam prints. The students scratched marks into polystyrene foam that we cut into circles ahead of time. The foam plates were then inked with a brayer and sent through a pasta machine press. The multiple color/layered effect is created by inking the plate with a different color and sending it through the press on the paper that was printed first. A guide for a similar activity - <a href="" rel="nofollow">Printmaking with Foam</a>- can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow">on our website here </a> We'd love to see images if you try it out!

Add a New Comment

Leave a reply

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
To Top