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  • Gabby's Miti Project | Carle Museum
    names for each of the trees she plants and a common blessing Thayu Nyumba which means Peace my people Donna Jo Napoli describes Mama Miti as a prolific community member who not only started the famous Greenbelt movement but a friendly neighbor who donated seed s to people in her community so they could plant trees for sustenance firewood and other needs Kadir Nelson s illustrations highlight the beauty of Kenya and its people in the use of cloth and vibrant paint This tree project is an effort to emulate his interpretation of nature by using vivid colors and bold textiles Much like Mama Miti in the book each of the guests were given seeds They were all instructed to use materials to make their own imaginary trees The large center table in the Studio served as a buffet where guest could fill their own trays with paper fabric yarn cups sticks and cardboard What grew from the range of assorted materials carefully placed on white trays were tall bold trees that extended from thick bark forms that captured the coarse texture of branches along with colorful shapes to represent leaves and fruits The studio replicated the turning point in the book Jumanji as almost instantly guests were surrounded by magical greenery Handing the seeds was like rolling the dice to initiate the spontaneous and fast production of an indoor jungle Forest traversed the boundary of glass that separated the cozy inside from the winter elements as small medium and large hands cut glued and propped elements onto their trees Banana trees magic apple trees singing trees and other creations that sprouted from the minds of the visitors filled the tables There were even Miti which visitors added leaves to The Studio was covered with multi colored inorganically textured misshapen flora and fauna There has been a lot of the growth since The Studio at The Museum first opened in 2002 but there was a different kind of growth which occurred during my Special Sunday as the guests ideas developed into large trees I worked for hours preparing this project so it could honor the humanitarian work which was artfully depicted in the book Mama Miti I hoped everyone would respond well to the gift but I did not envision the level of enthusiasm that I saw on Sunday I felt inspired by the way guests of all ages celebrated the beauty of nature in their art work And their innovative use of materials to create amazing structures I enjoyed watching the visitors work together to construct their trees and hearing them describe their work as they proudly held up their final products Every time I step foot in The Studio I look over at the Miti display on the back wall with joy that days after the event guests are still excited to place their unique leaves I truly enjoyed the planning and execution of this event by Diana MacKenzie Tags internship Gabby Peterson Gabrielle tree activities for children

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/gabbys-miti-project (2016-02-12)
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  • Sweet Treats Abound! | Carle Museum
    s poem Bleezer s Ice Cream With a couplet rhyme scheme the body of Prelutsky s poem merges ingredients from the depths of the refrigerator to create ice cream flavors that make even the most daring taste testers cringe In addition to the Cardboard Plate the ingredients for the Sweet Treats are found objects bottle caps plastic eggs tissue paper puzzle pieces fabric wire and colorful tape Technically the Top Chefs who walk into the studio to make sweet treats aren t baking edible arrangements but the products look and sound more appetizing than Almond Ham Meringue Salami or Yam Anchovy Prune Pastrami Somewhere at the intersection of art literacy and the sweet tooth is a joyous activity fit for all ages Sweet Treats is a great project because it allows people to repurpose material that tends to be relegated to specific tasks in order to create three dimensional mixed media collages The nauseating combinations in the text of Jack Prelutsky s poem are not only fun to read but they also inspire guests to step outside of their comfort zone and make crazy concoctions Guests don t have to worry about messing up because the more ludicrous the flavor or design the more interesting the product is People created their divine treats using the objects on tables before them and others were inspired to use brain power to write down crazy treats on the board in the front of the studio Everyone s love for a treat after dinner and an entertaining text are part of the recipe that results in a project that everyone can enjoy Look at the pictures below to see some of the savory tantalizing five star recipes that were created in the studio You know you re a chef now right Yeah I know Guests that came to look at art stroll the halls of the Carle and create in The Studio have left as world class bakers by Meghan Burch Tags Gabrielle Peterson Gabby food as art tape wire cardboard Leave Your Sleep Bleezer s Ice Cream Jack Prelutsky Art Studio Internship Program This entry was posted on Saturday January 18th 2014 at 3 50 pm and is filed under Every Day Art Program Found Materials 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/sweet-treats-abound (2016-02-12)
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  • Buttermilk Chalk Drawing with Susan Schwake | Carle Museum
    buttermilk frequently while drawing with them solves that We have various brands of chalks and chalk pastels in the Art Studio The ones that seemed to work best are our giant round chalk pastels similar to the Sargent Art Colorful Sidewalk Chalks because they are richly colored but very soft Susan said that in her teaching experience lesser expensive chalks have worked well For drawing surfaces we used our favorite construction paper and white drawing paper I had never tried dipping chalk in buttermilk before Now I m hooked As I drew the chalks became creamy and I felt like I was painting I loved that I could put my picture aside return to it later and add more layers of drawing without disturbing my previous marks underneath When my picture was dry it wasn t at all dusty or smudgy Our volunteers and work study students had fun trying it out too Even though this activity comes from Art Lab For Little Kids the multigenerational groups of guests who came to meet Susan can attest to its enjoyability for all Many families left the Art Studio with a large stack of drawings Next time you have some buttermilk in your fridge at home give it a try with any chalks you might already have Susan will return on April 19 2014 to host Rolled Paper Relief Sculpture an activity from her other new book 3 D Art Lab For Kids Mark your calendars Her Art Lab books are a great reference for classrooms and families and while supplies last signed copies can be found in The Carle Bookstore You can learn more about Susan her artwork and her books at her website and blog by Diana MacKenzie Tags Art Lab for Little Kids buttermilk chalk pastels Quarry Books Susan Schwake This entry was posted on Tuesday January 7th 2014 at 12 57 pm and is filed under Drawing Elementary School Middle School Preschool Special Guests and Artist Visits 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/buttermilk-chalk-drawing-susan-schwake (2016-02-12)
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  • Orange and Blue Complementary Colors at the Light Table | Carle Museum
    holds up well to painting but it has the translucent quality that makes it perfect for the light table From laminated papers to transparent blocks our variety of purchased and homemade objects are great for playing with color and texture A favorite lesson of mine when I was an art teacher in Chicago was to show images like the one below Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and have students see how much more bright the orange moon and stars looked next to the deep blue sky After seeing how different artists used color it was always fun to have children explore the complementary colors pairs in their own artworks and color explorations Another captivating discovery that children make about color is when they can layer or blend complementary colors The light table is a perfect way to see how the complementary colors turn more neutral when layered on top of each other With older students I would build on this concept of complementary colors by showing how a small touch green could add a brownish shadow to a bright red apple and give it depth Below is an example of how a neutral brown is created when blending Cadmium Orange with Cobalt Blue from the website The Educated Palette Here you can see how some neutral colors are created when the complementary colors are overlapped on our light table This is a quick and less messy way to learn how colors mix and blend to form new colors Of course it is also fun for children to try out color mixing with paint or other materials Please stop by our new light table display to explore all the blues and oranges we have out Do you have any ways to teach about or explore complementary colors Please share any ideas with us by leaving a comment by Diana MacKenzie Tags This entry was posted on Tuesday January 7th 2014 at 12 42 pm and is filed under Infants and Toddlers Light 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/orange-and-blue-complementary-colors-light-table (2016-02-12)
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  • Exploring Complementary Colors and Textures on the Light Table | Carle Museum
    paper used to wrap a bouquet of flowers I shared with Hannah something I ve observed in the studio for many years For the most part children first notice similarities and differences in color then shape and then visual texture We once ordered a manipulative from an early childhood supplier that was designed to have children match samples of textures like hook tape woven grass sandpaper and a few others When I observed children matching the parts they didn t do it by feeling the textures they did it visually by matching the colors of the materials because each material was in a different color From then on I realized that if I wanted to draw attention to the differences or similarities of the textures of materials I would need to remove the element of color and shape or at least keep the colors and shapes uniform So when we looked again at the things Hannah collected we noticed that among the them were many things purple and yellow This pairing of colors is a set of complementary colors In order to keep the variables to a minimum Hannah cut rectangular and circle shaped samples all the same size from the purple and yellow materials Then she sent them through the laminator Materials on the light table inevitably migrate over to the work tables so if they are flat we have to laminate them to distinguish them from other collage materials available Laminating them though doesn t always guarantee they won t get cut and glued into someone s project Margaret our other summer intern collected a few of the other purple and yellow things we already had in our cabinet of manipulatives and added them to the shapes Hannah created Finally to offer a bit of information for anyone that could or cared to read it we hung a poster about complementary colors that we made a few years ago just above the convex mirrors above light table The purple and yellow materials have now been out for a few months We ve observed children stacking them feeling the differences in texture matching the shapes and matching the colors My two and a half year old daughter came for visit and we enjoyed stacked the round shapes to make a purple and yellow sandwich It s now time to refresh the light table activity again so its time to move on to another set of set of complementary colors When we get it set up we ll post some photos Please share What kinds of explorations or themes have your children or students enjoyed at the light table by Diana MacKenzie Tags Art Studio Internship Program color light table This entry was posted on Tuesday January 7th 2014 at 11 56 am and is filed under Infants and Toddlers 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/exploring-complementary-colors-and-textures-light-table-0 (2016-02-12)
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  • Making Art | Carle Museum
    Blogs Picture Books Making Art Making Art Winter Window Shade January 6th 2014 Share If you are looking for something pretty to hang in a window at home or in your classroom this winter check out the easy instructions below on how we made these snowflake inspired shades 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 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 2013 5 July 2013 5 June 2013 7 May 2013 5 April 2013 7 March 2013 7 February 2013 4 January 2013 3 December 2012 6 November 2012 5 October 2012 6 September 2012 5 August 2012 9 July 2012 8 June 2012 5 May 2012 3 April 2012 9 March 2012 9

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/archive/201401?page=1 (2016-02-12)
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  • New Family Workshop This Winter | Carle Museum
    sledding that s me the pattern and symmetry of snowflakes are a wonderful inspiration for art making almost any time of year On November 17th we ll construct snowflakes with wood print snowflakes with paint and even learn how to make handmade snow globes We ll use some of these snowy stories as inspiration for our wintery work Through the magic of Photoshop we experienced a convenient snow squall while I shot the two photos below Here are some close ups of the sample 3d wooden snowflake window hangings I made by gluing together chopsticks coffee stirrers toothpicks and other found wooden pieces We ll design different sizes of handmade snowflake stamps for wrapping paper or decorating gifts I hope to see your family there Below are the details The Family Snowflake Workshop November 17 2013 11 00 am 1 00 pm 25 per pair or trio Members 15 Ages 6 and up with an adult up to 2 children per adult Have fun working on open ended snowflake themed activities together We ll discuss the science of snow create snowflake shaped stamps for wrapping paper cards or books put together a wooden sculpture inspired by snowflakes and create hand made snow globes to give as gifts or display at home Instructor Diana MacKenzie by Diana MacKenzie Tags families family activities handmade snow snow globe snowflake prints snowflake sculptures the snowflake family workshop winter activities for children wooden snowflakes This entry was posted on Tuesday October 29th 2013 at 1 33 pm and is filed under Special Events Elementary School Found Materials Middle School Mixed Media Nature Printmaking 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.picturebookart.org/blogs/making-art/new-family-workshop-winter (2016-02-12)
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  • Feathered Flyers: Collaging Paper Birds | Carle Museum
    the current exhibition Seriously Silly A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems on view through February 23rd 2014 Mo Willems the author and illustrator of the popular Pigeon series of picture books is the latest inspiration for The Art Studio s project Feathered Flyers which just ending last week We offered a selection of large bird inspired construction paper shapes for guests to choose from Paper scraps texture rubbing plates and wax crayons added fun feathery details to the birds Here are many more of the beautiful birds flying around The Aviary here in The Studio We have birds on wires Birds that like to flock together Birds sitting in nests and birds with lots of tiny little shapes attached This was a really popular project with The Carle s guests and I was sad to see the project end but The Aviary will stay on display through November When you stop by for The Fine Art of Friendship the new Every Day Art Project be sure to check it out for yourself Want to make your own texture rubbing plates Visit our tutorial here Check out our other collage material and project suggestions here Or purchase some plastic texture plate sets here or here by Diana MacKenzie Tags collage with children feathered flyers making paper birds rubbing plates texture plates studio display This entry was posted on Monday October 21st 2013 at 1 11 pm and is filed under Displays Window Shades Collage Drawing Every Day Art Program 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/feathered-flyers-collaging-paper-birds (2016-02-12)
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