INSPIRED BY EMILY CARR – Canadian Artist, Tunnel Book

Students research the life and work of Emily Carr and use oil pastels to create a tunnel book highlighting one of her paintings.

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INSPIRED BY EMILY CARR – Canadian Artist, Tunnel Book


  • Crayola Oil Pastels - 16 Count
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Bristol Board - 50.8 cm x 76.2 cm (20" x 30") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Measure and cut out a piece of Bristol board 30.5 cm x 40.6 cm.
  2. Draw an X from one corner to the other.
Step 2
  1. Fold all 4 sides of the Bristol board into the centre of the X.
  2. Make sure the outer edge of the Bristol board lines up with the centre of the X.
  3. Make sure you fold all 4 sides into the X.
Step 3
  1. Unfold the Bristol board.
  2. Place it in the portrait (vertical) position.
  3. Mark a dot and small, vertical arrow at the intersection of each of the folds in the 4 corners.
  4. Make sure the arrows are facing each other.
Step 4
  1. Cut along each crease in the direction of the arrow and stop at each dot.
  2. There should be 4 cuts.
Step 5
  1. Put lots of Washable glue all over the back of one of the corner rectangles.
  2. Fold the side of the Bristol board up so it is at right angles to the middle of the Bristol board.
  3. Tuck the corner rectangle in so the bottom is lined up with the fold of the middle rectangle.
  4. Glue the corner rectangle to the middle rectangle.
  5. Repeat with the other corner rectangle to make the end of the box.
Step 6
  1. Fold the top edge over.
  2. Place large paper clips along the flaps to hold the paper in place until the glue dries.
  3. Repeat these steps for the other end of the box.
Step 7
  1. Measure and cut out 2 pieces of Bristol board 15 cm x 16.5 cm.
  2. Place one piece on the desk with the 16.5 cm side at the top.
  3. Measure 1.5 cm intervals from one side to the other, parallel and close to the bottom of the paper.
  4. Measure matching 1.5 cm intervals along the top of the paper.
  5. Draw a straight line to connect every other dot.
Step 8
  1. Repeat step 7 on the back of the paper.
  2. This time start with the opposite dot and draw a straight line to connect every other dot.
  3. On each side use the tip of a scissors to lightly score along the lines.
  4. Repeat this process with the other piece of Bristol board.
Step 9
  1. Accordion fold the Bristol board on the scored lines.
Step 10
  1. Use a marker to draw an outline around the foreground of the painting.
  2. Use oil pastels to draw this section of the painting on a 15 cm x 19 cm piece of cardstock paper.
  3. Cut out the foreground, and repeat this process for each section of the painting.
    - middle ground
    - background
    - sky
  4. Make sure you colour each section all the way down to the bottom of your paper.
Step 11
  1. Glue the accordion papers into each side of the box.
  2. Glue the sky portion of your painting to the back of the box.
  3. Glue the background section to the accordion fold at the back.
  4. Glue the rest of the layers into the box, attaching them to a fold on the side.
Step 12
  1. Measure and cut 2 pieces of Bristol board 15 cm x 27.7 cm.
  2. Place 1 piece on the desk with the 27.7 cm side at the top.
  3. Measure and draw a line 7.5 cm in from the short side.
  4. Score and fold along this line.
  5. Repeat this process for the other piece of paper.
  6. These will be the covers.
Step 13
  1. Glue information about the artist and the painting on the covers.
  2. Glue the covers to the outside of the box.
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