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RE: Eric Carle


From: Ann Rogerson Weaver (aweaver_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 05 2002 - 14:43:37 PDT

I highly recommend Eric Carle's
video. All my young students enjoy
it and he takes them through the
process of how he creates his papers
and collages. You can find
information much good information on
his web site. When we do the Eric
Carle papers we use regular tissue
or large sheets of copy paper
(someone donated 28 X 28 paper).
The trick is to mix the paint with
gel medium or the cooked paste used
for paste papers in bookmaking. I
don't have time right now to read
all of my digests, but I'm pretty
sure that that has been covered in
the past. It also helps to apply
the first coat of paint with sponge
brushes, then create the patterns
with successive colors over the top
since this type of paint floats.
Two years ago I got really
industrious and helped four classes
make large classbooks. They did
collaborative stories and then made
pages to go along with the stories.
Took a long time and lots of
cooperative work. The books are
wonderful. It's just as rewarding
for them to create a page to
illustrate a poem or paragraph that
they have written. I'm always
amazed at what beautiful papers the
children make. almost forgot: have
them place their papers on top of a
folded newspaper so they can carry
them to the drying area without
mishap. Another tip, put one color
per table along with painting tools
and they can move from table to
table to use other colors using
their newspaper for carrying the
paper. ann in nc