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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Guest: The Crazy Adventures of a University Grad

My guest today has some of the most brilliant art lessons I have seen. They are so creative and many are so simple but something I would simply never come up with on my own. Amy is a new graduate and is currently working as a guest teacher while dreaming of her own classroom someday soon. Amy has taught K-12 and all the grades in between. Her blog reflects her wide range of experiences and expertise.

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:
- sponges
- 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.

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At April 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM , Blogger Angela said...

Hi Amy! Fun to see you over at Misty's blog! Before I became a certificated teacher, I was a museum educator, most recently at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. It was there that I first met Eric Carle when he came to do a presentation of the work he does. Prior to that, I didn't know he paints tissue paper and cuts out shapes to create his illustrations. (Makes sense--I had just never thought about it!) He spent a great deal of time painting tissue with a variety of colors before creating scenes for our visitors--and then letting them (and me!) try. It was great! Since then, I've moved cross country and gone to hear him speak twice--the last time when the 10 Little Rubber Ducks book was released. He is a fascinating man and his books and Ezra Jack Keats' books are always the ones I turn to when I want to teach my students about illustrators who use mixed media to create their illustrations. I'm so glad you have a similar appreciation for him! In regards to texture, I think it is such an important component when teaching students with different needs. Tomorrow we are doing a texture collage project with our medically fragile buddies as an extension to our Fabric science unit. It's going to be so fun! Thanks so much for sharing your art project!!



At April 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Wow!! I am soo jealous that you got to meet and learn from Eric Carle!!! You will have to post some pictures of your texture collage project :) I would love to see what your class creates.

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At October 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Kathryn Anderberg said...

Hi Amy! I would love an invite to your blogspot! If you are accepting new readers I would be thrilled to be included!

Thanks for considering,
Kathryn from MN
3rd grade teacher at an Arts & Science magnet school


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