The High Museum of Art in Atlanta sure knows how to offer family fun plus learning with the Art of Eric Carle. This latest exhibit, I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle, is excellent in so many ways!
First off, this exhibit is VERY child-friendly. Start your tour at the ‘Be a Museum Friend’ spot and learn just how far away to stand from the original paintings and how to be respectful of the items in the gallery. A pair of sneakers make it easy for you or your child to stand and practice (Pictured in the photo, below).
“When I was a small boy, my father would take me on walks across meadows and through woods… in my books I honor my father by writing about small living things.” -Eric Carle
Photo courtesy of High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Highlights of the “I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle” exhibit
This is truly an exhibit for all ages. My high schoolers enjoyed it every bit as much – if not more than – our elementary-aged children. Here are a few highlights…
- preliminary mock ups for Carle’s books plus his paint spattered smock, shoes and broom (how cool is it he used a broom as a paint brush? We are going to have to try that!)
- works from everyone’s favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- original collages and art work from many of his books
- giant, eight page whale collage!
- a FUN scavenger hunt for children!
We learned that Eric Carle took a break for several years and explored different media. After his break, his work showed a dramatic difference in background. Prior to this time, his works had simple, white backgrounds. The white backgrounds were reflective of his experience as a graphic designer. His first book after his break was The Very Lonely Firefly. What a joy to actually see the brush strokes in the art work from this book. So beautifully rich in color!
This is Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art guiding us on this wonderful tour! The High’s Eric Carle exhibition is curated by Ellen Keiter, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and Virginia Shearer and Ginia Sweeney, High Museum of Art.
Our recommendation? Excellent! We highly recommend and the Eric Carle Homeschool Day is coming up on May 20th. Make plans now!
While we were at the High Museum, we enjoyed a preview of The Alliance Theatre for the Very Young’s production of Pancakes! Pancakes! based on Carle’s book of the same name. We are making plans to go see this – and you should too! June 1 through July 3, 2016), based on Carle’s book of the same name.
More on Eric Carle Exhibit at High Museum of Atlanta
More Eric Carle Art
We have enjoyed recreating some of our favorite Eric Carle art work!
- Caterpillar Chalk Art (video and written tutorial)
- A House for Hermit Crab – Nana’s Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the High Museum and learned so much more about Eric Carle, his life and his art work.