It is Amy from
I was soo honored and excited to be a guest blogger for Misty. I am also enjoying my new blogging home, it is very spacious and I love Dr. Seuss so I may have to come back.
Today I want to share one of my fun art ideas. Besides being obssessed with the doctor I also love Eric Carle! My nephew (he is just over a year now) loves to look at the pictures and have me read these books. As a child my favorite Eric Carle book was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The artist in me absolutely loves all of the texture and bright colors!! So the teacher in me decided to make a lesson out of this.
I started the lesson by reading one of Eric Carles books, this lesson in particular was based on Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth.
After we have read the book I start a discussion about the illustrations. I love to talk about illustrations whenever I can because that is my favorite part of a book (I am very much a visual learner)!
I then introduce the activity. We are going to make our own amazon jungle!
The first step is making different textured papers using a texture tool and paint.
The texture tools that I used are:
- paint brushes
- tooth brushes
- Or anything else that you have on hand that will leave a neat print.
You can limit your class to creating two different texture papers per student (that will provide the class with lots of options).
Once the papers are dry students can cut out shapes from any of the papers to create their jungle animal.
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of my creations, but my friend (who is an art major) did!! She had her class put all of their animals together on one mural. This was to emphasize synergy and group work. I think hers turned out fabulously!!
Feel free to grab this freebie as a quick how to for this art assignment.
What do you think?? Have you created Eric Carle art before? Or played with texture?
I would love to hear your thoughts.