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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

Susie's Special Sunday Project

Recently, Fall Art Studio intern Susie Park designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. She planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. The following is her description of the project:

To encourage the practice of storytelling, we invited guests to create their own stories using stencils, watercolors, and the medium of a storyboard. A storyboard is a series of consecutive illustrations depicting the important changes of a scene or an action, used for outlining picture books, films, television, and other narrative forms.

In preparation for this activity, special stencils were made. Animal stencils, such as elephants, turtles, and whales, were chosen along with stencils of background silhouettes and of various inanimate objects like houses and trees. Already existing stencils of geometric shapes, letters and numbers were also added. Additionally, blank pieces of cardstock paper and scissors were available for guests so that they could create their own stencils.

To begin, guests were encouraged to take two to three pieces of half-sized watercolor paper, a pencil, and some stencils. They were then instructed to draw the same backgrounds on each piece of watercolor paper, while moving their characters around from each sequential piece of paper to another to create their storyboards. A few examples were given, but we emphasized how this activity was open ended and could be experimented with.

After the stenciling was finished, guests watercolored their storyboards. The guests seemed to enjoy this part of the activity the most. As we went around the tables to refill the water cups, we saw how guests loved watercoloring their creations. It was wonderful to see everyone’s enthusiasm for art!

Some guests followed the given examples, but many decided to take other creative approaches. Consequently, many different kinds of storyboards were made, and it was great to see all the results.

by Sara Ottomano

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 12:00 pm and is filed under Internship Program, Drawing, Painting. 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.

The space and programming of The Carle Art Studio is supported by a generous annual sponsorship from Penguin Books For Young Readers.

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.

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