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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

Rainbow Window Shades - Easy Way to Display Art

Our Art Studio is blessed with an entire wall of windows on our South-facing side. That means, in the months of short days, the sun's glorious rays stream right our eyes. That kind of direct light is great for feeling like a cat- relaxed and drowsy, but is sometimes tricky for working.

The Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum

As you can see, we've turned the slight architectural inconvenience into opportunity! Every November we break out the tension curtain rods and dream up aesthetically pleasing ways to shade our worktables.  I've been a little obsessed with rainbows and the spectrum lately so with lots of help from our volunteer, Cindy, and more help from other volunteers we put this together.

In the Art Studio

The papers might remind you of Eric Carle's pictures.  Most of them were made in one of my Eric Carle Tissue Paper Workshops. The workshop goes over the nitty gritty of adapting  Eric Carle's processes and techniques to create unique collage papers with students or just yourself.

 The Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum

You could make similar papers yourself or with kids using with paint, tools like our Silly Brushes, tracing paper, and/or Folia Transparente Paper but any art measuring 8.5" x 11" would work. We put the papers in plastic document sleeves and then used a 3-hole-puncher to make holes for the 1" binder rings that connect the sleeves together.  

We've used this display method before and have noticed educators and parents taking pictures and talking about how they would use the idea in their class or at home. A few have even come back to tell us about their variations. A local class displayed theirs in an area restaurant.  One teacher said she used paper clips instead of binder rings. The possibilities are up to you!

Is this idea inspiring to you? Tell us about how you might or have used tension rods, document sleeves, and binder rings in your home or classroom.  



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. 




Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:55 pm
Thank you for sharing this beautiful artwork! I will definitely do this with our kids this year!

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