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Eric Carle is one of my favorite children’s book illustrators. His iconic style is an inspiration for many of my art projects. Children adore his books and are thrilled to create art that look just like the book. They get to play with paint, experiment with textures and best of all, create their own masterpiece. But how do you reign in one child (let alone thirty students!) to create this project?

This lesson plan will detail some strategies for creating painted paper in your classroom and provide some templates and lesson ideas to turn the colorful papers into beautiful, expressive art pieces that are unique to each child.

This packet is great for grade levels: K-3

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This lesson plan is jam-packed with complete tutorials, templates and student artwork. This 16-page printable PDF includes all you need to create several Eric Carle-Inspired art lessons.

Templates and Handouts Include:


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Student Galleries Include: Seahorses, Butterflies, Barns & Farms, Tropical Birds, Snakes, Gators & Fish, and Mermaids

Learn how to…

  • Make textured painted paper
  • Mix beautiful paint colors for painted paper
  • Make a watercolor background
  • Learn layering and composition skills


How to Access your DIGITAL Lessons

By adding your email and password to our system, we can provide you with a history of all your purchased art lessons. This means you can access them anytime you wish through the “My DSS” button. Please note: Your “My DSS” password is unrelated to your e-course password

Once your payment goes through, you will be guided to a download link so you can see your lesson plan straight away. All lesson plans that you order will remain in your own personalized “DSS store” for access whenever and wherever you want so even if you didn’t received the link via email, you can always access the lessons via “My DSS”.

I like to print out my lesson plans and place in a lesson plan book, but if you are watchful of your ink supply, you may just want to print just the handouts. I’ve designed them in black and white so you can photocopy them easily and cheaply.


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