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Art Projects: Eric Carle Painting

June 13, 2012

Pinterest gets me every time with the massive amounts of inspirations, but a few things have made me actually get it together lately and Art Projects are my number two goal for the summer(number one is to get into the woods.) This project with Eric Carle-inspired painting happened in bits and pieces last week.

After it all dried, they were horrified when I suggested that they cut up their paintings into shapes and bits, so we moved on. We planned to follow along with the original project and cut shapes out of our painted paper and make some caterpillars and butterflies and maybe some other animals, but the kids didn’t care.  They just liked the painting process and they were done by the end. They LOVED painting with different objects again and layering paint to see what colors they created. We just hunted around and found different textured objects to use – paint, different paint brush sizes,  forks, shells, straws, toothbrushes, whatever they could find in kitchen drawers that looked fun. This post as even more detailed ideas if your kids are a little bit older and/or you just think they’re be into more detailed projects (and I kind of went down the rabbit hole on the Deep Space Sparkle site when I saw all of the great projects and ideas, so watch out!)

Up next: I want to try every single simple thing on this Classic Crafts For Kids list. We already painted shells (those are the first pictures above) and I kind of feel like we really need to paint some macaroni necklaces. And make some pine cone bird feeders. And leaf rubbings.

What projects do you have going on?? If you need some inspiration, I’ve got an Art with Kids board and a Science and Nature board going on Pinterest to keep the projects rolling when we need ideas!

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  1. June 13, 2012 10:51 am

    We are doing an Eric Carle author study/painting project next, too! We just finished painting with regular household objects (beyond paintbrushes) so I thought EC would be a great tie-in. I’ve already warned O that we’ll be cutting up the paintings. ;)
    After that I think we’ll do a cloud/weather unit and paint clouds on blue paper using white paint and cotton balls.

    • Lillian permalink*
      June 13, 2012 11:23 am

      Good call warning her ahead of time! I’m still thinking about convincing them to cut them up. We can talk about recycling first;) Little stinkers!

  2. July 2, 2012 10:10 am

    I am always saying, It is the process, not the product that is important, and who knows? Maybe another day they will dare to cut them up. Wonderful set-up and I am sure they were very inspired and learned a lot.

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