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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

Window Color Wheel

Near the end of our painting project in the studio I realized that we didn't have a color wheel up  so I had some of our studio staff help me make this color wheel out of water, plastic bags, fishing line and a tension rod.

color wheel water bags

We have one of the standard art room posters with circles of color and lines connecting the primaries and secondaries. Effective as it is at helping explain how color works,  I'm bored of that poster and wanted something new.

mixing  colors for the color wheel

One of our volunteers used food coloring to mix the color wheel in cups of water then transfer the water to small zip-top bags we picked up from either Michael's craft store or from an online shop like Bags & Bows.

colored water in bags

Our work study student Lydia reinforced the top of the bags with heavy duty clear packing tape  and then poked a hole in the space above the bag's seal to tie fishing line through.  Then she taped a paper circle to the window to use as a guide for tying each bag to the tension curtain rod fitted in the window. She left plenty of extra line on each bag so that she could make adjustments and trim the excess when she was happy with their placement.

water color wheel

Have you or your students ever made a creative color wheel? I'd love to see pictures and maybe share them here! Send your pics to me at  



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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