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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Making Art

How to Make Rubbing Plates with Natural Materials

We use rubbing plates all the time here in The Art Studio to add interesting colors and textures to paper. Some molded plastic sets we've purchased over the years, but the best rubbing plates we have are the ones we made ourselves! I thought I would share the steps here for one way of making a set of rubbing plates with grass and leaves, but you can use these steps with many other natural materials too.

Inkblot Creatures

Every Art Studio intern at The Carle designs a special one-day art activity for Museum guests with the guidance and assistance of the Art Studio Educators. Laurie, one of our summer interns, hosted a special Studio activity exploring symmetry and color. Here is her report on the day.


Family Art Program at Dorman School

The Carle Studio has taken to the road this summer in conjunction with the implementation of a grant from the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success. The goal of these programs is to strengthen and advance early literacy skill development in children from birth to age 9 to ensure children in Springfield are reading at a proficient level by fourth grade. Each Tuesday afternoon in July we are providing a Family Camp at the Hiram L. Dorman School in Springfield, MA to make art and discuss books. READ MORE

Bookmaking Workshop

I wanted to share some photos from the bookmaking workshop I lead this past weekend for forty educators as part of the three day Educators Institute The Carle co-hosted with Smith College, Learning Through the Arts and Literature: A Collaboration Celebrating Innovation and Inspiration in International Education. The conference featuring colleagues from Pistoia, Italy and local educators; all of whom possess exceptional passion and expertise in the field of education for young children. READ MORE

Toddler Art Activity: Leaf and Flower Collages

Today kicked off our summer session of Materials Play - a weekly drop-in activity for especially for toddlers. Our summer intern, Aiyi, has been helping me plan the activities. We have many fun ideas, so it is hard to choose! Since the orchard is awash with greenery of all kinds, we thought we'd try an idea I've seen on Pinterest using leaves and petals to create a collage on contact paper. READ MORE


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