Saturday, 25 June 2011

Eric Carle Birthday Artwork

Over at the fantastic An Amazing Child lots of people having been getting involved in celebrating the birthday of the children's author and illustrator Eric Carle.  He is most famous for 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and his artwork is just beautiful and very appealing to children (and adults!)  This week at pre school we have created some paintings, prints and collages using Carle's techniques but this morning we decided to do something at home.
Armed with a selection of art and craft materials and some cake cases from the kitchen cupboard we set to work to make our own 3D collage of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.'
  We tore up some green, yellow and black tissue paper, cut up some green foam sheets and mixed some different shades of green paint.
Then boy painted the tops of the cake cases before using the other materials to decorate round the sides and top.
We used a circle of red foam sheet to make the face of the caterpillar.
Boy carefully stuck on the foam eyes and nose and had a little bit of help with the pipe cleaner feelers.
Then we used sticky tape to join all the cake cases together to make the caterpillar.
Finally we stuck him onto a sheet of white paper.  Looks lovely!
We had quite a bit of paint left over and Girl wanted to get involved so she came and did some Eric Carle style painting using the colours of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 
Then she stated she wanted the tissue paper and she stuck bits of tissue over the painting to very good effect.
Pretty good piece of Eric Carle style work from a 20 month old.  Check out the other Eric Carle inspired posts and to find out more click here.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice Helen :) I like how you used the cup-cake holders for the shape of the caterpillar. This is quite clever :)

    Thanks for joining our party.