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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

Sculpture Stories

The weather outside today is a sloppy mix of rain and snow, a perfect day for a wet winter discovery walk. But if you're not in the mood to go puddle jumping, why not stop by The Carle and experiment with an array of found materials the Studio's collection! 

For a few weeks now visitors young and old have been whipping up sculptures and finding creative solutions to various construction challenges. Sometimes visitors have a vision of how they want their finished sculptures to look but find it challenging finding the right parts to put together or the best way to attach them with the glue or wire. Our studio staff is here to help find solutions when visitors need help with the materials. Below is an interaction I had recently with a young boy (age 6?) who was very enthusiastic about the telescope he was making using a long, skinny tube:

Boy: "I'm trying to make a telescope and I want to use this (round, red reflector) on the end so that when you look through it everything is red. But when you look through you can't see anything".

Diana: (I look into the telescope) "Well it looks like the red reflector is too thick to see through. Is there something else we could find in the baskets that is more transparent?  I see the basket full of bottle caps and the basket with ribbons. Maybe there is something that you could attach to the end that is thin enough to see through".

B: "That just may work!"

He eagerly sifted through the basket of caps and found a clear bottle cap that was almost the same diameter as his tube. He also found some shimmery ribbon and looked through the tube as it was wrapped around the other end. He ended up using the bottle cap because he liked how it was removable. To accompany his telescope he made a small cardboard dish to hold small objects to observe through the tube. I'm always amazed at the variety of visitors' imaginative ideas applied to the same arrangement of materials! Stop by before February 1st to make your own Sculpture Story.



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 Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 11:40 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Every Day Art Program, Found Materials, Sculpture. 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.

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