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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

Intergenerational Collage Activity

Dear Art Studio,

For almost fifteen years, my teachers and I have been inspired by Eric Carle artwork and stories. We have read, acted out, and dreamed as characters in every story. We have also created our own Eric Carle inspired art projects. In fact, several years ago in a training, our teachers created their very own Carle-esque storybook. This project not only celebrated their teaching talents, but the storybook became a fundraising resource in our school's expansion. Our school now has the opportunity to share the world of Eric Carle with the senior center with whom we have developed an intergenerational program. During February of this year, we hope to pair young preschoolers with senior citizens to collaborate on art pieces and a storybook demonstrating the various meanings of love. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.


Lisa D.

Thanks so much for writing to The Eric Carle Museum about your intergenerational project plans. Eric Carle's books are a wonderful starting point for a collaborative art project between young children and adults. To help get your Eric Carle inspired project underway I have a few suggestions that we've adapted here at The Carle in our Art Studio when making tissue paper collages. I'm not sure how many children and adults will be involved in your project, but our Tissue Paper Collage activity page will provide you with step by step instructions and suggestions for getting started. Check out our recent post about Watercolor Wash Collage Papers. We've also created a recipe to make liquid starch glue used to attach the tissue papers to the background paper available in a printable PDF on our website's Activities page. Or you can buy liquid laundry starch in your grocery store's laundry aisle.

Perhaps one way the adults could contribute to the collaboration is having them prepare the tissue papers for the activity. They could cut a variety of colored and patterned tissue papers into geometric and organic shapes and put them into baskets for the children to collage with.

Another great way to have the children and adults interact is having them read Eric Carle books together before the art activity and discuss Eric's illustration process.

When your storybook is complete, we would love to see it! Email your students' Eric Carle inspired art to and we may post it on the blog. Don't forget to document the project with photographs and notes; we'd love to see all the work along the way!



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 Diana MacKenzie

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 11:37 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Collage, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Preschool. 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.


Abbey H
Thursday, November 11, 2011 - 8:31 pm
Oh! You made me miss some of my very favorite volunteers (even more than usual)! Keep up the great blog, ladies! xo, Abbey
Saturday, November 11, 2011 - 11:29 am
We all miss you, Abbey, but are so excited to hear about all the fun things you are doing over at <a href="" rel="nofollow">Aesthetic Outburst</a> and beyond!

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