July 9, 2011

Eric Carle Style Art Project

Did you know that author and illustrator Eric Carle celebrated his 82nd birthday on June 25th? Known for his collage illustrations Eric Carle's style is very recognizable by even the smallest of children. Today we have an art project that follows Mr. Carle's style. It is super fun, but also very messy! Perfect for kids of all ages, even the mom. :)

First, watch this trailer made by Mr. Carle back in 2009 when The Hungry Caterpillar celebrated its 40th anniversary. He shows how he paints tissue paper with various brushes and uses that in his collages.




When we tried it the kids kept ripping the tissue paper so we painted regular white typing paper instead.



We used various sized brushes drawing them across the paper at different angles to produce a variety of textures. When the paint was dry we each drew ideas for collages, choosing a few to try. We used regular white glue (Elmer's) to glue everything together.

An awesome butterfly!



A self-portrait and a lightning bug.



Apples in a basket.



Make some time this summer to relax a little, read some Eric Carle books, and create some beautiful art together as a family!

Montserrat enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading biographies, sewing, and playing a good game of Scrabble. She thinks spending time with her family is truly heaven on earth. You can follow her family's varied adventures at Chocolate on my Cranium.

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JRoberts said...

Oh wow, I love this idea. We are totally going to try this out.

Thanks Montserrat

Tristan said...

We love Eric Carle's books! One trick we learned to make it less messy (aka, to skip the painting step) is to go to the gift department and buy a big pack of tissue paper in ten colors (much cheaper than buying arts and crafts tissue paper). Then let the kids color over the tissue paper with crayons if they wish before creating their masterpieces.

Use leftover tissue paper for making "stained glass windows" - cut a window shape in dark construction paper and fold a few times, cut like you would to make a paper snowflake. Open the window and glue tissue paper scraps over the holes on the back of the window for your colored glass. Hang in a window and enjoy!

arianne said...

They turned out so cute. We'll have to try this.

Eve said...

The funny thing is every time I read his books to my kids, I think, "How did he do that? I'd like to do that, too."

So....thank you! Thank you very much!


(I am going to do this craft!)