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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

Show Me a Story with Emily Neuburger

On Sunday, September 23rd, the Studio had a special guest for this month's Special Sunday activity!  Local artist, author and teacher Emily Neuburger stopped by for the afternoon to share a fabulous activity from her new book, Show Me A Story.  Emily helped many enthusiastic guests make their own set of cards  illustrating a favorite memory or imaginary story.

In the photo above you can see several beautiful cards Emily brought along to inspire guests with this project. We used vibrant origami, construction and magazine papers.  Guests drew and cut out shapes, then glued them to the 3" x 4" chipboard rectangles.  In her book, Emily encourages you to reuse what you already have, to try this activity at home cut the cards from old cereal or cracker boxes.

The Studio buzzed with activity all afternoon!

Young guests illustrated really great stories, real and imaginary.

Some people worked independently...

...and others worked together.


Here's Emily's daughter making a memory card with her grandmother :)

After all of the collage pieces were glued down, Emily showed guests how to brush a layer of  acrylic medium over the top of the card to seal and protect the image.  Emily recommends using Mod Podge, available at craft stores.

The final step was to leave the memory cards to dry for a little while.

Below is a small sample of some of the finished cards created by guests of all ages!

For more information about Emily Neuburger, follow her blog, Red Bird Crafts or check out her new book Show Me a Story, in The Carle Bookshop or wherever books are sold. Thanks for visiting, Emily!



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 Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 6:10 pm and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie, Bookmaking, Collage, Every Day Art Program, Special Guests and Artist Visits. 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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