Today was the day to celebrate our learning and enjoyment of Eric Carle’s art and stories! Sally, my art teacher friend, came to school and guided my first graders through the steps to think about what they know about Eric Carle, plan their piece, take their painted papers, design, cut, and glue.
First, we read The Man Who Painted a Blue Horse which Eric Carle wrote and illustrated to honor an artist who inspired him, Franz Marc. We talked about color, shape, and size. Then, we set them loose to go to work. I loved watching each student work through the process. Each had their own idea and own way of working. The results made me so, so happy. Here are a few samples.
If I didn’t know it before, I know now. Humans, and especially kids, need to make art.