We have long loved books by Eric Carle! And we so appreciate the bright and wonderful artwork in each! So much so that we’ve enjoyed follow up art activities after reading them. We’ve shared a couple of art tutorials of some favorites here at Hodgepodge and invite you to enjoy them too!
Eric Carle’s style is simple, successful and fun! I hope you and your children will read these books and enjoy a follow up art activity!
Art of Eric Carle
A House for Hermit Crab Chalk Art Tutorial – I just love the swirling colors in the crab’s shell! This painting can be done with either pastels or acrylic paints. Our painting comes from a well-loved book by Eric Carle called A House for Hermit Crab.
Caterpillar Art Tutorial – Nana shared a Very Hungry Caterpillar Video Art tutorial as part of our Free or Frugal Homeschool Art for All Ages at Free Homeschool Deals!
With an accompanying video art tutorial! “One of my youngest granddaughters was my teacher for this wonderful pastel. She is much, much more patient with her students and I am. She didn’t insist on HER choice of pastel colors, and was just a delight to learn from!” ~ Nana
Very Lonely Firefly – both a written lightning bug tutorial and a video firefly art tutorial from a recent Weekly Art Lesson.
Be sure to visit all the creative Homeschooling with Eric Carle ideas by the bloggers of iHomeschool Network!
You Are An Artist!
- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (100 free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials plus the video The Very Few Must Have Supplies for Chalk Pastel Art. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
- Encouragement: You Can Be an Artist! 10 Day series and Art for All Ages 10 Day series
- Be sure to subscribe to our Hodgepodge YouTube channel for free video art tutorials!
What is YOUR favorite Eric Carle book?
I love Eric Carle. What a fun art lesson.
There are simply so many fun things to do with his books!
Barb-Harmony Art Mom says
Looking forward to sharing a chalk pastel project with my little guys this week…they love art so it should be fun! Thanks to all your family!
Oh what fun! Enjoy making that swirl of color on the crab’s shell with your little guys 🙂
Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says
What a great resource! It makes me miss having young children. Eric Carle books were always a favorite in our home and in the preschool where I used to teach. I would have to say our all-time favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I always drooled over the food!