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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

Shirrin's Special Sunday: Art Gardeners

Recently the Art Studio's Spring Term Intern, Shirrin Khozouee, a senior at UMass Amherst, designed a Special Sunday project for museum guests. She planned the event, sorted and prepared the materials, and introduced visitors to the project throughout the day. The following is her description of the day.

For this Special Sunday project I was inspired by the spring flowers blossoming in the gardens outside. I wanted to encourage the guests to not only think about the plants and flowers that grow in gardens, but also the bugs and critters that live in them. 

I picked out some books about gardens, flowers, and insects to help guests get inspired.

When trying to decide what materials to use, I decided that tissue paper would allow us to limit the materials, in order to inspire creativity, and would also provide a variety of textures and techniques for guests to experiment with (crumpling, tearing, cutting, folding. . .). In addition to tissue paper, the materials included a variety of sticks (chopsticks, Popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers. . .), foam trays as base, corks, scissors, and tacky glue.  

The staff made some sparse and intricate examples to show the guests the range of possibilities.

We encourage individual exploration but we also try to promote collaboration. I thought it would be fun to give the guests the opportunity to contribute to a community garden.

I made the bases by stacking square and rectangle shaped foam boards, and created a “grass” border using colored paper. 

We experimented with the materials and brainstormed different techniques.

Our community garden included a variety of colors, flowers, insects, and wooden installations!



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 Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 3:05 pm and is filed under 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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