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  • Mitchell's Special Sunday - The Dream-Catching Game | Carle Museum
    some tacky glue and leftover rigid insulation foam squares someone could create a sculpture based on the dream they caught So far so good When the supplies came in I decided to try them out for myself What I found right away was that wire is tough to work with The straws are sturdy and easy to manipulate and very versatile The wire was easy to shape but was too thin to stand on its own It was just not what I had expected I used the wire for decoration more than support in the two examples I made By now my project was days away so I decided the keep the materials I had and see how our guests would manipulate my materials selections Not to my surprise there were difficulties among guests when working with the wire but with encouragement from staff and willing parents the dreams came alive I really enjoyed helping children find creative ways to make their ideas work The game was a good starter for anyone who had no idea where to begin while some had dreams of their own that they wanted to portray To be honest if I were to do this project again I would have nixed the wire I noticed that many guests used the wires as decoration rather than architectural support as I did in my examples While it may be a good medium for artists with more developed fine motor skills it was just not as applicable in this multi age project as I had hoped The straws I really enjoyed because they could be rigid or made flexible if bent or flattened Most of our guests really enjoyed them as well In the end I am proud to have stuck with these non traditional art supplies as many of our guests really made interesting artworks The older guests enjoyed making abstract formations while our younger guests enjoyed using the tacky glue to make crazy paper straw creations somewhat like the Rolled Paper Relief sculptures guests made in the Art Studio with visiting artist Susan Schwake Art itself is a constant experiment and through the ups and downs of the process of designing and hosting this exploration I am very satisfied with how it turned out Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority by Meghan Burch Tags intern Mitchell Benedetti Summer Internship Special Sunday wire straws dreams Dream Catcher Game Art Studio Internship Program This entry was posted on Thursday July 31st 2014 at 4 00 pm and is filed under Internship Program Elementary School Every Day Art Program Middle School Mixed Media Sculpture 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/mitchells-special-sunday-dream-catching-game (2016-02-12)
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  • Please Excuse Us While We Create! | Carle Museum
    Imagination We can t wait to share with you what we re learning and doing with our students at the end of our program next week by Meghan Burch Tags animals Art and the Imagination summer programs This entry was posted on Saturday July 12th 2014 at 4 41 pm and is filed under Classes 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 May 2014 3 April 2014 4 March 2014 6 February 2014 5 January 2014 6 November 2013 1 October 2013 5

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/please-excuse-us-while-we-create (2016-02-12)
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  • Homemade Liquid Starch Glue | Carle Museum
    however you can t find liquid laundry starch in the laundry area of your store or you just prefer to make your own below is a recipe you can use Children can assist by measuring the ingredients Tools and Ingredients Sauce pan Whisk Mason jar or plastic screw top container 3 C cold water 3 T cornstarch Process Put the cornstarch in the sauce pan and first whisk in about cup of the water to make an even slurry then whisk in the remaining water Place the pan over medium heat and whisk constantly When the mixture comes to a boil take the pan off the heat The starch will thicken as it cools Transfer it to the screw top container when it s no longer hot Refrigerate the starch when not in use to prevent spoilage It should keep in the fridge for at least 1 month You can tint your glue by adding food dye or liquid watercolors if you want To use the starch adhesive pour a small amount a couple of tablespoons worth into a yogurt container or no spill paint cup A stiff bristled brush works well for Tissue Paper Collage This recipe can also be used to make a thicker paste or homemade finger paint Just cook the starch a little longer past the boil Here are some Tissue Paper collages made with Liquid Starch Adhesive My next experiment will be with corn alternative starches so if you or your young child are allergic to corn stay tuned by Meghan Burch Tags This entry was posted on Monday June 23rd 2014 at 9 00 am and is filed under Collage Homemade Materials and Tools 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/homemade-liquid-starch-glue (2016-02-12)
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  • Tissue Paper and Liquid Starch Collage | Carle Museum
    supplies figure out where you will dry wet work and cover your workspace with a tablecloth or newsprint if you want Warning Tissues may blow away if you try to do this outside Cut and Tear Select a few colors of tissue paper you might like to use Try drawing with your scissor that is cutting shapes without first drawing them on the tissue You can also try tearing the tissue as another way to alter the tissue shape Compose Have fun experimenting with the arrangement of shapes on your background paper What happens when you move a few pieces or when you add or remove a few shapes Do you find yourself making pictures or just enjoying combing shapes and colors in interesting ways Glue Brush a thin layer of starch onto your background paper and place the tissue in the starch Brush a thin coat of starch over the tissues if you want them to lay flat Explore Change the shape of your collage cut tear or fold the tissue papers or the background paper What happens when you layer the tissue paper on top of each other Depending on the kind of tissue paper you have some might bleed their dye when wet What more can you discover about the materials Before or after exploring these materials you might take a look at some of Eric Carle s picture books to see how he uses shape and color to tell a story You might use this technique to make your own book or tell your own story Try using gel pens markers colored pencils or other drawing tools on your dry collage This exploration is also great for young children who are not yet at the stage of making representational work The sensory experience provided by the sticky liquid starch and crinkly tissue paper has engaged many toddlers including my own in our Art Studio for years If your child has an aversion to sticky hands this activity might coax them into a little mess making You might also use a small piece of tape on the corners of the background paper to help prevent it from sliding as they work if they d rather not touch any of the glue Learn more about how we use Tissue Paper Collage to help young people develop thinking skills in our post Helping Children Problem Solve Have fun making art together Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority by Meghan Burch Tags Eric Carle Theme color shape sensory brushes glue tissue paper collage picture book inspired This entry was posted on Friday June 20th 2014 at 9 00 am and is filed under Collage Elementary School Paper 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/tissue-paper-and-liquid-starch-collage (2016-02-12)
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  • Marvelous Music Makers | Carle Museum
    has a good tutorial for making your own bell stick and some other fun instrument ideas For one Cinco de Mayo our intern Luna Goldberg showed guests how to make maracas and castanets For the maracas we ordered lots of small plastic snap top vials and tiny bottles from www sks bottle com and Luna dyed rice using food coloring and liquid water colors With a plastic funnel or paper cone pour the different colors of rice and beads into the vial snap it shut and shake Instant maracas For castanets we prepared strips of cardboard and collected lots of metal bottle caps you could also use buttons Decorate the cardboard with markers and sticky back foam shapes Hot glue the metal caps to both ends of the cardboard fold it in half and you ve got a set of snappin castanets In addition to the drums and bell stick we have a few musical instruments in the Studio for guests to play whenever the mood strikes a thumb piano baby xylophone by Plan Toys and child s glockenspiel by Sonor During the Marvelous Music Makers project we even turned our tree into a musical instrument With fishing line we hung screws bolts and extra framing hardware from the branches that jingled as people walked by or if someone gently played it The fishing line tangles easily so hang them with space in between to prevent them from getting snagged as often The best round up of music making ideas for kids I found was Spoonful s article 17 DIY Musical Instruments for Kids or type Musical Instrument Crafts into Pinterest s search bar I hope we inspired you to make a little music with your family and friends this weekend by Diana MacKenzie Tags Musical Instruments for Kids DIY Music Sound Luna Goldberg Art Studio Internship Program handmade maracas handmade castanets handmade drums handmade bell stick This entry was posted on Wednesday June 11th 2014 at 1 52 pm and is filed under Elementary School Found Materials Middle School Preschool Sculpture 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/marvelous-music-makers (2016-02-12)
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  • Finger Print Easter Eggs | Carle Museum
    brush The dye is beautifully vibrant straight from the little bottles compared to the more diluted colors you get from dipping the eggs The great thing is if you make an unintentional mark you can just rinse the surface and start over again Dip the egg in white vinegar and then hold the egg under a faucet with warm water and gently wipe off the dye So see No fear of making mistakes Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority by Diana MacKenzie Tags Easter eggs egg activities finger prints food coloring This entry was posted on Sunday April 20th 2014 at 3 35 pm and is filed under Drawing Nature 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/finger-print-easter-eggs (2016-02-12)
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  • Join The "What's Your Favorite Animal" Project! | Carle Museum
    your kids are school break this coming week like they are here in Amherst MA this may be the perfect time to create some animal art and submit it to The What s Your Favorite Animal Project We invite people of all ages to submit a digital image of an original work of art depicting your own favorite animal Your submission will be available on a digital screen in our West Gallery from April 8 August 31 and will be included in an online exhibition Submissions will be accepted from now until August 1 2014 To learn more about this project including our submission guidelines please visit The What s Your Favorite Animal Project page You can find this new book that benefits The Carle in our bookshop and print related activities at the publisher s website Not sure how get your animal art started Here are a few projects that might inspire you Inkblot Creatures Collage Birds Inspired by Picture Books Leafy Critters Moveable Animal Sculptures Have fun and I hope to see your art in The What s Your Favorite Animal Project s virtual exhibition soon Making Art with Children is generously sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority by Meghan Burch Tags animals What s Your Favorite Animal Eric Carle project virtual exhibition animal art This entry was posted on Friday April 18th 2014 at 12 36 pm and is filed under Special Events Collage Drawing Elementary School Infants and Toddlers Mixed Media Nature Painting Paper 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 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 2014 5 January 2014 6 November 2013 1 October 2013 5 September 2013 5 August

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/join-whats-your-favorite-animal-project (2016-02-12)
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  • Layered Paper Drawings | Carle Museum
    of people used the snowflake method of folding and cutting symmetrical designs into their papers and opening them back up to see their designs Guests explored with cuts finding out that some shapes fit their design idea more than others By the end of the day the scrap trays were piled high with really interesting negative shapes Because of the multiple layers that this project contains it turned out to be a great opportunity to work with a group or family collaboratively and assemble one final project together Once all of the layers were cut it was time to assemble them into 3 dimension drawings Guests put the papers in their favorite order and then sandwiched them flat together We used hole punches to punch a small circle at each corner being sure to punch far enough away from the edges so that the holes would not rip Then we threaded small straw pieces made from a regular straw cut in half through the holes Ours straws were red but you can use any basic drinking straw This step was a bit hard at first because the straw and hole were such similar width but we quickly realized that folding the tip of the straw into a tapered end and threading it through made the process much easier The width of the straw allows the papers to be spaced out a half inch or so from one another creating the 3D effect The final step was tying a piece of yarn or string to the straws to make their creations hang able Seeing a project through from start to finish was an amazing experience that really solidified my love for designing art programming It was extremely gratifying to witness guest s positive reactions to what they had created from my original idea Throughout the day I noticed that this project was especially popular with our older aged crowds One grade school teacher even told me she intended to use my idea for a future lesson I hope this project provided a new spin on the typical drawing allowing guests to explore with materials and be free to create something completely new by Diana MacKenzie Tags Ally Lynes Drawing Day at The Carle Art Studio Internship Program This entry was posted on Sunday April 13th 2014 at 2 20 pm and is filed under Internship Program Special Events Drawing Mixed Media Paper Sculpture 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/layered-paper-drawings (2016-02-12)
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