Eric Carle is my inspiration. I love everything his art embodies and I think children do, too.
I do many "Eric Carle" styled lessons with my lower elementary students as they are less concerned with making things perfect and tend to let the color and energy of the paintings colorful, fresh and innocent.
These adorable butterflies are created with several templates that I created for my first graders.
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The children make their paper one day and trace the templates the next. It's a great group projects where children create and share their colorful painted papers.
For more Eric Carle fun, visit my other lessons: Fish, Seahorses, Barns and Farms and Owls.