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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

Tear It Up: Silly Collage Characters

Mix up your next collage project and create your own silly characters! We are using cut and torn collage papers with different patterns, textures and colors, face and body shapes and colorful fabric.

Glue sticks, regular and "funky" blade scissors, rolls of colorful masking tape and gel pens are also available.

To create lots of variety of eyes, noses, mouths, ears, arms and legs, we created master sheets cut from magazines that we can easily photocopy and cut.

As we go through the many donated magazines, we also look for fun pops of pattern and color, and sort out the scraps into a rainbow. Color sorting makes it easy to store them in zipper bags in the cabinet and pull what we need later.

There are so many different kinds of characters you can make!

One with lots of mouths...

Or one with lots of legs!

A coat-wearing Minotaur...

or an overall-wearing farmer.

A red-head with fancy pants...

Or a brunette with scales.

It's even okay to make something abstract...

The current Every Day Art ProjectTear It Up runs now through April 21, 2015.


Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.



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 Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 3:10 pm and is filed under Collage, Every Day Art Program, Mixed Media. 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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