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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002

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  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Sweet Treats Abound!

Art Studio interns at The Carle help us in many ways, including with documenting our Every Day Art Program. It’s been great to have our J-Term intern Gabby's vibrant spirit here with us the past couple of weeks! Please enjoy her words and photos about the project Sweet Treats.

There’s something about the two-syllable word Dessert that makes eyes of all colors, shapes and sizes light up.  We ask guests, “What kinds of dessert do you like?” And the question is followed by a pensive pause, a bright flicker in the eyes, and either an assertive “ICE CREAM” (for ex.), or the quintessential, It’s hard to choose. We then hand the guests a (cardboard) plate, and tell them they get to make dessert. Initial hesitation is followed by wondrous fabric, paper, and tacky glue treats that would humble the Cake Boss himself!

Sweet Treats - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The wacky ingredients for these Sweet Treats parallel the zany ingredients in Jack Prelutsky’s poem, Bleezer’s Ice Cream. With a couplet rhyme scheme, the body of Prelutsky’s poem merges ingredients from the depths of the refrigerator to create ice cream flavors that make even the most daring taste-testers cringe! In addition to the Cardboard Plate, the ingredients for the Sweet Treats are found objects – bottle caps, plastic eggs, tissue paper, puzzle pieces – fabric, wire, and colorful tape. Technically the Top Chefs who walk into the studio to make sweet treats aren’t baking edible arrangements, but the products look and sound more appetizing than “Almond Ham Meringue Salami [or] Yam Anchovy Prune Pastrami.” 


Sweet Treats - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Somewhere at the intersection of art, literacy, and the sweet tooth is a joyous activity fit for all ages. Sweet Treats is a great project because it allows people to repurpose material that tends to be relegated to specific tasks in order to create three-dimensional mixed-media collages. The nauseating combinations in the text of Jack Prelutsky’s poem are not only fun to read, but they also inspire guests to step outside of their comfort zone and make crazy concoctions. Guests don’t have to worry about messing up, because the more ludicrous the flavor or design, the more interesting the product is. People created their divine treats using the objects on tables before them, and others were inspired to use brain power to write down crazy treats on the board in the front of the studio. Everyone’s love for a treat after dinner, and an entertaining text, are part of the recipe that results in a project that everyone can enjoy. Look at the pictures below to see some of the savory, tantalizing, five-star recipes that were created in the studio.


Sweet Treats - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

 

Sweet Treats - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

“You know you’re a chef now right?”

“Yeah, I know.”


Sweet Treats - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Guests that came to look at art, stroll the halls of the Carle, and create in The Studio, have left as world-class bakers!

 

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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. 

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