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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Rolled Paper Relief with Susan Schwake

Last month, Artist and Author Susan Schwake returned to The Carle’s Art Studio to share a project from her latest book 3-D Art Lab for Kids.

Guests of all ages had fun turning beautifully patterned papers into Rolled Paper Relief sculptures.

Susan Schwake at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

To try this at home, gather: squares of decorative or colorful paper (origami paper works well!), a glue stick, Elmers or other clear-drying glue, and a piece of mat board or cardboard (cut a panel off a cereal box!).

Rolled Paper Relief activity from 3-D Art Lab for Kids

Start by choosing a piece of paper and drawing an “x” on the back with a glue stick. Then, roll the paper into a tube, adding a little more glue to the end of the paper to secure the shape.

Rolled Paper Relief at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art  

Susan Schwake rolling origami paper

For kids who had a tough time getting the paper roll started, Susan showed one of her tricks: fold in the first ¼” to ½” of one edge the paper and use that as the starting place for the roll. 

After making a small pile of paper rolls, begin arranging them on the matboard or cardboard backing in whichever way you chose. Then, use white glue to secure the paper rolls.

rolled paper relief sculpture by child

Some of our guests experimented with bending and rolling their tubes, others just took the invitation to create in 3-D with paper and ran with it.

Peole in the Art Studio with their art

The young artist (about 13 years old) who made the sculpture below worked silently and steadily for almost an hour. This isn’t even his finished product!

If you like this invitation to create, you might like to check out the activities from Susan Schwake's about her other visits to The Carle: Buttermilk Chalk Drawing and Monster Mash Up.

Susan has a new book coming out in the fall so stay tuned to her website and our Upcoming Events page to learn about what activity she'll share on her next visit on November 8th, 2014! Better yet, sign up on our homepage for The Carle’s email list!

Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.



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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