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  • Under Construction | Carle Museum
    We gathered up egg cartons colorful file folders chipboard paper towel tubes paper cups chopsticks coffee stirrers wine corks paper bags junk mail envelopes packing peanuts and more to work with for this project I ordered our supplies through The Web Restaurant Store or they are donations from Museum friends and staff Found paper and fabric materials provide a great variety of scale and favorable drawing surfaces so details can be added to buildings and their surroundings easily with markers or crayons Read my post about helping children with found materials construction techniques here This past spring we made Very Hungry Caterpillars with found materials to celebrate annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day View the fabulous photos here Speaking of celebrations The Eric Carle Museum s Tenth Anniversary is just around the corner and we have some fun plans in the works to involve fans from around the world in our year long celebration here at The Museum Vague enough for you Here s a hint The project will feature our favorite Caterpillar and LOTS of found materials Stay tuned for more information about how your family classroom or community can participate by Diana MacKenzie Tags 10th anniversary create a cityscape fabric found materials glue paper the web restaurant store This entry was posted on Wednesday August 15th 2012 at 2 39 pm and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie Found Materials 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through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions ProfSharon says February 12 2016 at 2 00pm My granddaughter and I had a great time there today unfortunately we realized too late that we left our creations drying outside the door oh dear reply Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program 25 Light 12 Middle School 33 Mixed Media 66 Nature 46 Our Approach 22 Our Favorite Materials 10 Outreach 23 Painting 57 Paper 37 Preschool 81 Printmaking 39 Professional Development 29 Resources 5 Sculpture 44 Space to Create 2 Special Events 90 Special Guests and Artist Visits 34 Archive February 2016 1 January 2016 1 December 2015 4 November 2015 3 October 2015 2 September 2015 2 August 2015 4 July 2015 3 June 2015 3 May 2015 1 April 2015 2 March 2015 3 February 2015 4 January 2015 1 December 2014 2 November 2014 4 October 2014 5 September 2014 10 August 2014 2 July 2014 3 June 2014 4 May 2014 3 April 2014 4 March 2014 6 February

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/under-construction (2016-02-12)
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  • Helping Children Problem-Solve | Carle Museum
    here on the table you can use to connect your pictures Sometimes just getting a child to re notice what s in front of them sparks the idea they need to continue Sometimes a child needs more questioning to help them see potential solutions I asked B to tell me why tape works to connect things it s sticky and if any of the materials available were sticky Together we talked about how the liquid starch glue is sticky but also runny so we tested it as an adhesive for two scraps of watercolor paper B discovered that liquid starch is not strong enough to hold two thick papers together on its own At this point I reminded him to think about how tape is basically just sticky paper Now I can t remember if he figured it out on his own or if I wondered aloud could we use the tissue paper and starch to make our own tape but it was something B was willing to try He was excited to have created an aesthetically pleasing solution for his picture I could have just given him the solution right from the start but that s not what we re going for in the studio Our goal is to help foster our guests cognitive and intellectual development not just get them to an aesthetically pleasing end result Later when his brother J wanted to try the solution too I asked B to explain to his brother how to use tissue paper like tape Whenever possible I try to get children to help each other problem solve There s another level of learning added to an art making experience when the creator verbally shares their process or idea Peers can be great teachers at any age Sometimes children come up with artistic solutions and test them only to discover they don t work Those are valuable moments for learning too In those times its important that I make non judgmental observations about their work and if appropriate their emotions i e I see that your paper isn t sticking in place Is that making you frustrated and encourage them to risk trying another solution In those moments I learn too Reciprocal learning is what making art with children is all about by Meghan Burch Tags collage 2 creativity eric carle activity eric carle theme eric carle inspired problem solving teaching thinking skills tissue paper tissue paper collage This entry was posted on Saturday August 11th 2012 at 3 49 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch Collage Elementary School Every Day Art Program Our Approach Preschool 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions allie says February 12 2016 at

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/helping-children-problem-solve (2016-02-12)
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  • Making Art | Carle Museum
    back around to making books in the meantime I get to figure out how to use great picture book art in teaching Someday if I step back into the book making world I m going to need a refresher And this leads me to the ultimate purpose of this share READ MORE Institute for Educators 2012 Part 2 August 4th 2012 Share A few weeks ago Diana told you about a bookmaking workshop she facilitated as part of an institute The Carle co hosted with Smith college and yesterday I promised that I d go into more detail about my Thread Paper work READ MORE Institute for Educators 2012 Part 1 August 3rd 2012 Share On July 14 16 The Carle in collaboration with Smith College hosted an institute for educators Learning through the Arts and Literature A Collaboration Celebrating Innovation and Inspiration in International Education featured presenters from Pistoia Italy the University of Florence and local educators READ MORE Pages first previous 1 2 Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program 25 Light 12 Middle School 33 Mixed Media 66 Nature 46 Our Approach 22 Our Favorite Materials 10 Outreach 23 Painting 57 Paper 37 Preschool 81 Printmaking 39 Professional Development 29 Resources 5 Sculpture 44 Space to Create 2 Special Events 90 Special Guests and Artist Visits 34 Archive February 2016 1 January 2016 1 December 2015 4 November 2015 3 October 2015 2 September 2015 2 August 2015 4 July 2015 3 June 2015 3 May 2015 1 April

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/archive/201208?page=1 (2016-02-12)
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  • How to Make Rubbing Plates with Natural Materials | Carle Museum
    collect natural materials outside like leaves grass seeds twigs or bark or purchase beans grains seeds or other materials from the store Experiment with different materials and see what you like best Next cut down the boards to the desired sizes ours are in 5 inch or 6 inch rectangles or squares Spread an even layer of Light Modeling Paste available at art supply stores with a thick brush or plastic spatula across the top of the gessoed side of the board Above we are pressing the natural materials into the paste so they aren t peeling away or lifting up The paste has a consistency like thick cake frosting The paste acts as an adhesive as it dries I recommend attaching leaves with the raised side facing UP so you will get the best rubbing once it s dry Set the plates aside overnight to dry completely The next day trim any excess material hanging off the edge of the plate grass string etc and make sure the surface is thoroughly dry before sealing them To seal the plate I used Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Gloss available in the paint department at the hardware store and brushed an even coat over the top and sides of each plate right over the leaves grass or whatever other texture you have on your boards You could also use a small paint roller instead of a brush We left ours to dry outside in the sun to speed up the drying process Brush on one or two coats drying thoroughly between coats Two coats usually does the trick to make everything stick down for good Here are some more texture plates I made for a workshop I did recently with children in Springfield MA Families used the rubbing plates to create texture squares to paint with watercolors and then combine into paper quilts If you re looking for other ways to create textured surfaces check out my Printing with Found Materials 2 post How do you use rubbing plates in your classroom or at home by Diana MacKenzie Tags grass how to make rubbing plates leaves texture the black book of colors Diana MacKenzie This entry was posted on Monday July 30th 2012 at 8 00 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie Found Materials Mixed Media Nature Outreach 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/how-make-rubbing-plates-natural-materials (2016-02-12)
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  • Inkblot Creatures | Carle Museum
    this project was liquid watercolors which worked well for a few reasons they dry relatively quickly when used moderately they can be drawn on with watercolor crayons and the colors bleed together quite beautifully To create an inkblot creature guests were invited to use a pipette dropper to put a few drops of each color on their paper fold it in half along a center crease then press and rub all around the folded paper When they opened the paper back up the paint had squished and spread into an interesting and colorful form After thinking for a few moments and turning their paper to get different views guests used their imagination to draw in the rest of the creature with a black watercolor crayon Some guests were inspired to see things besides creatures like tree bark a sunset or a princess in their work too I prepared watercolor paper by pre folding it so there would be a crease down the middle I also mounted it on larger black paper which gave it a frame but also allowed room for the paint to bleed onto if it went off the sides of the white At first I put the paints in a shallow dish but I noticed that sometimes a guest was tempted to use ALL of it at once so I tried using a smaller cap to encourage using an amount of paint that made sense for the size of the paper The project works best when starting with a just little paint then adding more as you go I only put out red yellow and blue so beautiful secondary colors would appear when the paint bled together This project is not only a lesson on symmetry it is also surprising and inspires the imagination We hope you try it for yourself by Meghan Burch Tags inkblot liquid watercolor rorschach special sunday symmetry Art Studio Internship Program This entry was posted on Thursday July 26th 2012 at 12 47 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch Internship Program Elementary School Every Day Art Program Mixed Media Nature Painting Preschool Printmaking 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program 25 Light 12 Middle School 33 Mixed Media 66 Nature 46 Our Approach 22 Our Favorite Materials 10 Outreach 23 Painting 57 Paper 37 Preschool 81 Printmaking 39 Professional Development 29 Resources 5 Sculpture 44

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/inkblot-creatures (2016-02-12)
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  • Family Art Program at Dorman School | Carle Museum
    Each Tuesday afternoon in July we are providing a Family Camp at the Hiram L Dorman School in Springfield MA to make art and discuss books The program is open to families of the children participating in The Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative at Dorman a nature based summer program designed to help stem summer learning loss through literacy support Each week Meghan and I design various family friendly art activities inspired by a different picture Check out what we ve been doing So far the children and their parents worked together drawing caterpillars with watercolor pencils Glued nature rubbings into a family mosaic Drew pictures of family memories to bind into albums and created habitats with found materials At the end of each class families receive a copy of that week s featured picture book to take home The books we ve featured so far are Ten Little Caterpillars by Lois Elhert The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin and Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel For more information about this grant funded program read the article Talk Read Succeed Summer Learning Program Launches Second Year at Dorman Boland Elementary Schools in Springfield by The Republican on July 18 2012 posted on MassLive com Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more photos from the last two sessions of The Dorman School Family Art Camp by Diana MacKenzie Tags funders collaborative for reading success hasbro learning initiative hiram l dorman school springfield talkreadsucceed This entry was posted on Tuesday July 24th 2012 at 8 00 am and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie Bookmaking Collage Drawing Elementary School Found Materials Nature Outreach Painting 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program 25 Light 12 Middle School 33 Mixed Media 66 Nature 46 Our Approach 22 Our Favorite Materials 10 Outreach 23 Painting 57 Paper 37 Preschool 81 Printmaking 39 Professional Development 29 Resources 5 Sculpture 44 Space to Create 2 Special Events 90 Special Guests and Artist Visits 34 Archive February 2016 1 January 2016 1 December 2015 4 November 2015 3 October 2015 2 September 2015 2 August 2015 4 July 2015 3 June 2015 3 May 2015 1 April 2015 2 March 2015 3 February 2015 4 January 2015 1 December 2014 2 November 2014 4 October 2014 5 September 2014 10 August 2014 2 July 2014 3 June 2014 4

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/family-art-program-dorman-school (2016-02-12)
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  • Bookmaking Workshop | Carle Museum
    when I visit schools or libraries using just a stick and rubber band For examples of books I make with young children visit my previous posts here and here We used popsicle sticks for this workshop but in the classroom I prefer to provide real sticks gathered and trimmed down to fit the size of the book The second book we made was a collection of natural and found material texture rubbings collected in an accordion book The covers were an assemblage of found materials Above Jill shows her finished book Below Julia and Ellen use the differerent handmade rubbing plates to create a variety of visual texture on the paper The final book of the day was a concertina with flag pages in different vibrant colors Above I m demonstrating how the first row of flags should look once they re attached Below a participant concentrates on assembling her book If you d like to learn more about bookmaking consider signing up for my upcoming workshop here at The Carle Handmade Cards Books Workshop 4 PDPs Thursday December 6 2012 1 00 pm 5 00 pm With the holidays just around the corner learn how to create handmade cards and unique books for those friends and family on your gift list We ll cover our favorite bookmaking techniques for teachers librarians and parents to adapt to your classroom library or home You ll go home with a collection of small handmade books and the techniques to create them again and again Instructor Diana MacKenzie 50 Members 45 includes Registration and Materials Fee Click here for information on how to register Photo credit Laurie Mills by Diana MacKenzie Tags pistoia conference This entry was posted on Wednesday July 18th 2012 at 4 49 pm and is filed under By Diana MacKenzie Special Events Bookmaking Professional Development 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials 48 High School 25 Homemade Materials and Tools 16 Infants and Toddlers 47 Internship Program 25 Light 12 Middle School 33 Mixed Media 66 Nature 46 Our Approach 22 Our Favorite Materials 10 Outreach 23 Painting 57 Paper 37 Preschool 81 Printmaking 39 Professional Development 29 Resources 5 Sculpture 44 Space to Create 2 Special Events 90 Special Guests and Artist Visits 34 Archive February 2016 1 January 2016 1 December 2015 4 November 2015 3 October 2015 2 September 2015 2 August 2015 4 July 2015 3 June 2015 3 May 2015 1 April 2015 2

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/bookmaking-workshop (2016-02-12)
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  • Toddler Art Activity: Leaf and Flower Collages | Carle Museum
    I might trim the flap of paper that was left but I just taped that down too I also taped a few pieces of contact paper to the window should anyone be inspired to create their collage there A few children were interested in dumping petals and leaves on their sticky surface One girl just liked pressing her hands and petals on the paper and taking them off again If I were doing this with a class I would definitely have the students collect their own petals and leaves but I d also have a few items I d collect ahead of time When the children were done with their arrangement I peeled the rest of the paper off and folded the newly exposed half of the contact paper onto it The kids then pressed their arrangement together and I told them to look at their collage over the next few days to see how it changes This program is for the half hour before the 10 30 storytime in the reading library so this is as far as we took it When if I do something like this with older children I might have them draw a large shape on a piece of white paper to slide under the contact paper so they could arrange their leaves and flowers in a shape they d like to cut their contact paper into later And speaking of storytime to help the participants make further connections with the materials we used Abigail included some books in a gardern leaf theme in storytime directly after Leaf Man by Lois Elhert s Ava s Popp y by Marcus Pfister What If Everything Had Legs by Scott Menchin and We re Rabbits written by Lisa Westberg Peters Illustrated by Jeff Mack She didn t get around to it but My Garden by Kevin Henkes would have been a great one too If you find yourself in the care of a toddler on a Friday morning between now and the end of August stop on by at 10 am in the Studio Details here Next week s materials pasta and paint by Meghan Burch Tags collage contact paper drop in flowers leaves lois elhert nature summer toddler sticky Art Studio Internship Program This entry was posted on Friday July 13th 2012 at 3 37 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch Collage Infants and Toddlers Light Nature Preschool 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 Leave a reply Your name Mail will not be published Website Share CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions Contributors Meghan Burch Diana MacKenzie Categories About This Blog 1 Bookmaking 24 By Diana MacKenzie 76 By Meghan Burch 63 Classes 22 Collage 66 Displays Window Shades 11 Drawing 50 Elementary School 97 Every Day Art Program 63 Found Materials

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/toddler-art-activity-leaf-and-flower-collages (2016-02-12)
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