Monday, May 4, 2009

How to do art- Eric Carle Style!

Of course, we can't do art as good as Eric Carle in our household, but you can't blame us for trying can ya? I've always adored his illustrations.

Some of my favorite books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, and the The Very Busy Spider. Using the method of collage, Eric Carle creates the most colorful illustrations. He does this by first painting papers. We really enjoyed the process of painting our own papers.

(I can't take the credit for this idea- it was actually a project assigned by Abby's art teacher, but I loved the idea and wanted to share!)

First, you create papers using a variety of media, such as watercolors, fingerpaints, crayons, or markers.

As the papers are drying, the next step is to plan the illustration. (sketching a rough draft)

The final step is to cut out shapes, experiment with them, and then glue them on construction paper to complete the illustration.

Sunshine did a wonderful job creating her cat illustration. (above photo)

Visit the photo and video gallery at to view Eric Carle creating his papers and illustrations. Great way to show our children real art in action!

Have a wonderful and creative day!



The Blonde Duck said...

That's such a cool idea. He's a wonderful artist. I'm just in awe of how he creates!

Preschool Playbook said...

This is REALLY good. It almost looks like it came right from his book. Great job.

The Blonde Duck said...

I forgot to say thank you for my award! It was so sweet of you to think of me! Forgive my bad manners! I'll send you a taco and some pie in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

April said...

What a great idea! We love him-- we'll have to try this one!

The Masked Mommy said...

This is such a cute idea! I love the very hungry caterpillar. Such a great book! We need to get it!

Sandy said...

I love it! Eric Carle is one of our favorite authors!

Christy Killoran said...

I will have to try this. We have an Eric Carle museum in MA, but we haven't been yet. It's about two hours away. I'm hoping to go this summer.

silly eagle books said...

this is awesome! I love how the artwork turned out!

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