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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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Past Events

In The Museum

Members' Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 19, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm

FULL; please contact to be added to the waiting list.

First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.

Enjoy fresh pancakes in The Carle Café, a special project in the Art Studio, Special Storytime and film in the Auditorium, plus the chance to meet the Caterpillar and receive a special Member gift.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Sea...What Can You See?

March 15 - April 11, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Gaze through a telescope out to sea, what is it you see? Ships, birds, maybe a whale? Join us in the art studio as we create scenes from our imagination.

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 12 - March 17, 2017

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

For more information including cost and registration, please click here.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 3, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading  with  children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for part icipants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Printmaking

February 27 - April 17, 2017
$90 (Members $76.50)

Eight Mondays, February 27 - April 17, 2017
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lynn Peterfreund
Enrollment limited to 20.

NOTE: This program is full. Contact to be added to the waitlist.  Scroll down for information on future Create at The Carle workshop offerings.

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art. In this first eight-week workshop of a series of three, participants will have the opportunity to explore new materials and techniques, including monotype, drypoint, and relief printmaking, all amid the inspiring exhibitions and collections of The Carle. The program will include time spent looking closely at original artworks from The Carle’s collection and a visit from artist Lyell Castonguay where he will share his woodcut technique and experiences as director of BIG INK .

Create at The Carle! is presented in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies in order to support the development and expansion of Artful Aging programs.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.




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