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Last summer saw the opening of Bobbie’s Meadow, a multi-use space that is a tribute to Eric Carle’s late wife and co-founder of the Museum, Barbara Carle. The space offers a wonderful opportunity to connect people, nature, and art.  As we transitioned from winter to spring, we were excited to see what this first full year of the meadow would bring.

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Recently, Spring Art Studio intern Becca Angstadt designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. She planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. The following is her description of the project:

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Recently, students from Holyoke Community College’s Curriculum in Early Childhood class worked with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to design a studio project to celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. Students planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. One of those students, Kiara M. Nazario-Cartagena, wrote a reflection on the collaboration, and following is her description of the project:

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Our current exhibition Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age features the work of 10 artists telling stories through graphic novels. I recently presented a workshop related to Out of the Box, and I had the opportunity to look back and reflect on past art studio projects. I realized that there are many ways that we have encouraged storytelling through bringing together text and image, techniques I would like to share in this blog post.  

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In our Art Studio space, we strive to be a place for people of all ages to participate in creative art-making. In our most recent evening adult workshop, we explored paper marbling. The workshops are designed with experimentation and introductory levels in mind, allowing people to create their own artwork surrounding a theme. This winter, participants explored three different marbling techniques using materials found around the home, combined with art materials readily accessible in art supply stores.

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Recently, Art Studio team member Terra Brazier designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. She planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. The following is her description of the project:

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Recently, Fall Art Studio intern Susie Park designed a Special Sunday program for museum guests. She planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. The following is her description of the project:

To encourage the practice of storytelling, we invited guests to create their own stories using stencils, watercolors, and the medium of a storyboard. A storyboard is a series of consecutive illustrations depicting the important changes of a scene or an action, used for outlining picture books, films, television, and other narrative forms.

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One of the fun and exciting parts of the Carle Museum is our Collections and Exhibitions team working to make our exhibitions more interactive and inclusive for audiences of all ages. Our exhibition A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon, on display this past May through November 2018 included a drawing activity that encouraged creating a shared piece of art.

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Inspired by the many materials and techniques that 30 artists used in the exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, we decided to explore a process that would invite guests to experience a range of media. We also were inspired to continue our exploration of printmaking after last year's monotype print project. So we decided to try collagraph printing, a process that involves collage, paint, and printing techniques.

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In the Art Studio, we like to think about project cycles or how one experience can lead into the next. For one of the Materials Play programs this fall (a quarterly program series focused on the interests of toddlers and their caregivers), I considered how we could involve participants in the life-cycle of a painted paper display.

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