Eric Carle inspired butterflies

The next project of the week began the younger, primary, student’s preparation for the Spring performance in April. Many of you may have heard them singing the following refrain, “Nora, Nora, open the door. Open the door Nora blue, Nora blue.” Mrs. Strode has been playing this song over the past few weeks and familiarizing the students with the words.It is based on the book, “Everyone Asked About You,’ by Theodore Faro Gross. If you click on the following link you can hear Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, sing this delightful song The boy in the story visits many places and encounters different animals, people and creatures. We thought it would be a wonderful idea to incorporate the children’s art in April’s performance. Bridge havealready painted a ‘Martian platoon’ and this week, moved on to painting ‘All the yellow butterflies.’ These were inspired by the art of Eric Carle. Students prepared paper by painting two layers of paint and then creating different designs by using different tools such as stamps, the end of a paintbrush or a paint scraper. The splatter paint technique (messy but fun) was also used! Butterfly templates were provided and the students had to trace and cut out the shapes and carefully glue them together on a piece of construction paper. I love the color and pattern in each of these.

Preparing double layered painted paper

Emma H.

Emmanuel O.

Hamilton B.

Anna T.

Kenzie W.

Bryant S.

Sydney T.

Will E.

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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