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Tissue paper transformations: Eric Carle’s famous collages go from page to stage…

In Eric Carle’s words…

“I begin with plain tissue paper and paint it with different colors, using acrylics. Sometimes I paint with a wide brush, sometimes with a narrow brush. Sometimes my strokes are straight, and sometimes they’re wavy. Sometimes I paint with my fingers. Or I paint on a piece of carpet, sponge, or burlap and then use that like a stamp on my tissue papers to create different textures.

These papers are my palette and after they have dried, I store them in color-coded drawers. Let’s say I want to create a caterpillar: I cut out a circle for the head from a red tissue paper and many ovals for the body from green tissue papers; and then I paste them with wallpaper glue onto an illustration board to make the picture.”

When tissue paper is painted with acrylic paint, the paper becomes very stiff and easier to cut into shapes. Eric Carle’s painting technique has been around for ages, and while messy, can be accomplished by all ages! If you don’t want to paste your painted and cut tissue paper on fancy illustration board like Eric Carle, a piece of cardboard or thick, sturdy paper will work just as well!

Master Puppeteer Douglass Burks is returning to direct this second show in the series.  He truly enjoys bringing these books to life.  “One of the things I’m most excited to work on is the new stories” Burks said, eager to show off this new production. “They’re so faithful to the books– especially in the design of the puppets.”

With an abundance of heart and lots of joy, THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CHRISTMAS SHOW not only perfectly fits Dallas Children’s Theater’s season theme Color the world with Kindness, but also celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar picture book originally published in 1969.

Come celebrate the holidays with DCT, Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Santa and the rest of Carle’s wonderful animal friends!

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Presented in association with Rockefeller Productions
Based on four Eric Carle books
Directed by Douglass Burks
November 23 – December 29, 2019
Enjoyed by all ages

And he was still hungry! So…the Very Hungry Caterpillar came back to Dallas. During the 2019 holiday season, the whole family can make their way to a happy place thanks to a new collection of stories brought to life from beloved children’s author/illustrator Eric Carle. Enjoy Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; Dream Snow; and of course, a reprisal of The Very Hungry Caterpillar – now celebrating its 50th birthday! Filled with colorful puppets and adorable animals, this extraordinary spectacle is pure holiday magic, and sure to be a sellout, so buy your tickets early!

Sponsors: Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Sharron Hunt
(source: http://www.eric-carle.com/q-makepic.html)


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