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

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Art-Centered Programs for Youth & Families

These onsite or outreach programs are designed to engage students with materials in ways that spark the imagination and inspire critical and creative thinking. Grounded in the Museum’s commitment to education through the arts, they also support the National and Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks for art education. To learn more about our educational approach at The Carle, see Our Approach. For more program options, see our Book-Centered Programs.

Art-Centered Programs include materials and are designed for between 8 and 25 participants. After reading the information below regarding program options and fees, please complete our online Group Program Reservation Form with your selection.

Thinking with Found Materials - Ages 3 and up

This hands-on program encourages imagination, collaboration, and critical thinking. Presented with a thoughtful selection of "everyday stuff," students will be encouraged to reuse and reinvent found objects.

 

Bookmaking Basics - Ages 5 and up

The Studio’s approach to bookmaking centers on the idea that books can be a vehicle for imagining creative and innovative ways to communicate ideas. In this multi-sensory program, students will learn fundamental bookmaking vocabulary and techniques, focusing on one or two artist book structures per session. Arrays of interesting materials are provided to adapt the structure to best fit their ideas.

"Thank you for teaching us about art. We had fun making our own books. We are happy that you came here." – a first grader

 

I Am an Artist - Ages 5 and up

This program engages participants in thinking about what it means to be an artist. Using Eric Carle's work as inspiration, the group will explore process, materials, and the often-asked question, "Where do ideas come from?" An optional multiple-visit program allows for a deeper exploration of Eric Carle's process and more time for students to explore their own ideas.

"The facilitator’s organization of materials and types of materials she used were great. I will be using some of her ideas." – Kindergarten teacher, Sherborn MA

 

Possibilities in Print - Ages 9 and up

Picture books are collections of prints, or reproductions of original artworks, bound in sequential form. In this hands-on program, students will learn how picture books are produced, experiment with the tools and techniques of printmaking, and imagine, reproduce and share their own stories and ideas. Multiple-session bookings provide the opportunity to explore multiple printmaking methods.

Program Fees

Please email programs@carlemuseum.org for a quote.

Accommodations / Per Diem

Any site beyond a four-hour roundtrip from the Museum will be asked to provide overnight accommodations for the outreach educator at his or her discretion. A per diem rate of $45 may also be applied to cover meals and incidental expenses incurred by the consultant/presenter.

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