Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Maple Room Learns about Eric Carle

A selection of materials the children were given to embellish their painting.

Each child was given a paper plate with fresh paint to begin their picture.

First the children painted using brushes or other tools to spread the paint on the paper.

The children used bubble wrap, potato mashers, scrapers, dab tools to make unique images.

They also had legos, and texture pads to use for painting.

The teacher wet the paper slightly and many children spread paint all over the paper before adding textures with other tools.

Each picture came out so unique.

Two of Eric Carle's books the teacher read first and showed the children how he made his illustrations.

We watched a video by Eric Carle about how he made the illustrations for  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The children are learning about the wonderful illustrator and author, Eric Carle.  We have been reading some of his books all week and today we talked about  how he creates his illustrations.  The teacher showed the children tissue paper and tracing paper and explained how he paints right on tissue with paint and other materials to create the various looks.  We didn't paint on tissue paper as it is pretty thin and fragile, so we used regular paper, but followed some of his techniques. We are going to use the paper after it dries to create some pictures on Friday.  I will post those pictures too. We watched a video on you tube by Eric Carle about how he created his Very Hungry Caterpillar. We talked to the children about what an author does and what an illustrator does.     It was fun to see how excited they were and how much they understood.  You can find many great videos about Eric Carle books, art, etc on you tube.

Here is the link to the Eric Carle video we showed the kids.

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