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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

Setting the Stage for Storytelling

We continue to be inspired by the exhibition The Art of Eric Carle: Night, and how nighttime can be an interesting context for storytelling. In a recent Special Sunday program, we explored how a simple cardboard box can become a back drop for stories told with puppets, action figures and collage creatures. 

We found a set of flat-pack boxes in storage and were inspired to use them to create a miniature theatre. By cutting and flattening one side off of the assembled box, we created an open space with a tall back, long base and enclosed sides. Perfect for creating a wrap-around landscape. 

We selected a range of painted papers and images of landscapes from magazines and provided glue sticks and scissors for collaging. 

Guests worked together to create their scene, gluing papers across the box’s surface and building up layers of paper to create a unique setting.

Characters were incorporated into the scenes . . .

. . . collage creatures flew though the environments . . .

. . . And objects orbited in the skies

We enjoyed seeing all of the worlds created inside of the boxes and hearing the stories. We look forward to creating more scenes to inspire storytelling in the Art Studio soon!




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 Meg Nicoll

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 10:01 am and is filed under By Meg Nicoll, Collage, Nature, Paper, 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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