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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

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Making Art Together

Collage Collaborations

Photo by Jim Gipe Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

In celebration of the exhibition A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon, we explored collaboration through collage in the Art Studio. We were inspired by the collaboration not only between Leo and Diane Dillon to create their artwork, but also the intricate frames that their son, Lee, made for some of the works featured in the exhibition.

Over the course of a month, guests experimented with scissors, hole punchers, glue, and collage papers to create pictures on both picture backgrounds and frames.

To prep for the project, we cut frames out of black railway board and white rectangles out of construction paper to serve as the two starting points for the collage.

We also had our collection of collage papers from previous projects that added a variety of paper colors, textures, and weights to the available materials.

To encourage collaboration, we had the installation on the wall as well as in the windows so guests could fill other guests’ frames or frame other peoples’ artwork.

The installations in the windows invited a way to play with the light using the translucent collage papers. The clothespin lines worked well as guests could take an artwork down, add to it, and then pin it up again.

Some guests used the windows to frame the natural surrounds, even a moth visitor!

Most guests collaborated within their groups, using the tools and materials to create an artwork all together with a frame and picture. Some communicated while they worked, while others made their contributions to the artwork a surprise.

For additional inspiration, we had displayed on the tables a variety of collage books where artists used the technique of collage to illustrate the book.

If you are looking for more inspirational resources around collage, we’re happy to share that the Art Studio has collaborated with Shannon Merenstein, owner, creative director, and lead educator at Hatch Art Studio, to create a book called Collage Workshop for Kids, published by The Quarto Group! We contributed studio project reflections and images inspired by Shannon’s rich collage explorations found within each chapter.

The book is available through our Shop, and Shannon will be facilitating a workshop this fall on joyful and imaginative art-making. We hope you enjoy the book, participate in the workshop, and/or enjoy making your own collages!


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. 


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