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

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Sign for La Colombe, 1950,  Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

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In The Art Studio

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Materials Play for Toddlers

January 16, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
January 23, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
January 30, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
February 6, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers with parents/caregivers)

Have fun experimenting with materials selected especially for your young explorer and stay for storytime in the Reading Library at 10:30. Always a surprise and sometimes messy, so dress accordingly!

In The Auditorium

Special Community Event - Paul Taylor: Creative Domain screening at The Carle

January 30, 2015
5:30pm - 8:30pm
$11.54 in advance; $15 at the door (cash only)

We are sorry that this screening has sold out. Please add your name to the wait list  AND join the film's mailing list so that the organizers can contact you about the date and location of the next screening. You'll be among the first to know about it.

If you have questions please contact kate@paultaylorcreativedomain.com.

 

Paul Taylor is among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for 60 years.  In that time he has offered only glimpses into his creative process.  Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how Mr. Taylor creates a single dance.

5:30 Reception
6:30 Film Screening followed by a Q & A with Director Kate Geis and Executive Producer Robert Aberlin

Creative Domain premiered at Lincoln Center in 2014 at the Dance on Camera Film Festival and has toured in festivals and with the Paul Taylor Dance Company across the country.  The Eric Carle Museum hosts its Pioneer Valley premiere.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.

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In The Art Studio

Family Valentine-Making Party

January 31, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair or trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come to the Art Studio for some creative fun. The Carle will provide all the materials you need to make special valentines for your family, friends, or classmates. Please note that this is not a drop-off program.

Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Shiprock & Anchordog

January 31, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults; $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Come see Shiprock & Anchordog’s musical adventure based on a story created by Evan Curran in collaboration with various local artists and children. It follows the journey of two dogs who are best friends as they travel through different magical lands.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Museum

Arts Integration across the Common Core

January 11, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
February 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
March 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$140

(Snow dates: January 25, February 8, March 8)

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program, held at The Carle, is made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.
Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

Registration deadline: January 4, 2015.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Hampshire Young People’s Chorus

February 1, 2015
2:30pm and 3:30pm
Free; Museum Admission Extra

The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will present two half-hour kid-friendly concerts featuring the Junior Choir and the Concert Choir. 

The Young People’s Chorus is an award-winning community children’s choir based in Amherst. They have performed widely, including WGBY’s Together in Song program, numerous children’s choir festivals, and collaborations with Young@Heart Chorus, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Smith and Amherst College Orchestras, University Chorale, Commonwealth Opera and Amherst Ballet. The choir’s roster currently includes nearly 60 singers ages 7-16 in three age divisions.

In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

February 7, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Museum Admission is FREE today!

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. So bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends, plus a FREE Elephant and Piggie book to the first 500 children who attend! Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

  • Meet Elephant and Piggie!
  • Watch Films!
  • Share Storytimes!
  • Make Art!
  • Enjoy our special exhibitions!
  • Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food from Foley’s Franks!

Need transportation to this event? FREE round-trip buses from Springfield and Holyoke, compliments of Peter Pan Bus Lines!
Bus 1 -- Leaves Springfield Station at 10:00 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm
Bus 2 -- Leaves Holyoke Mall (Sears parking lot) at 10:30 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm
Seating is limited—call (413) 658-1126 or email katem@carlemuseum.org to reserve bus seats. Please arrive for bus at least 15 minutes before departure. In the event of snow, please call (413) 658-1100 for cancellation news.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Handmade Fairy Books

February 7 - March 10, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by Alice Bolam Preston’s illustrations in The Green Forest Fairy Book, illustrate your own woodland story in a handmade book.

In The Museum

Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at The Carle: Information Sessions

December 14, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm
January 11, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
February 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children's literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children's books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes.
Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

In The Museum

Madeline Weekend Celebration

February 14, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
February 15, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

In The Museum

Tea Time with Madeline

December 27, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm
February 14, 2015
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$10 Youth; $12 Adult (Members $5)

(SOLD OUT!)

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself! 

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Art Studio

The Family Sculpture Workshop

February 15, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Have fun working on open-ended sculpture projects together! We’ll discuss the basics of building with paper, wood and mixed media and spark your 3D imagination with ideas from our favorite picture books.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley

February 15, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Guest Curator Jane Curley for a guided tour of the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

In The Museum

Museum Open on Presidents' Day

February 16, 2015
All day

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

February 16, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 17, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 19, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 20, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


The Carle is thrilled to continue their partnership with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for the Reading Buddies program!  Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required to read to a Reading Buddies dog. Call 413.658.1114 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Auditorium

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School presents Strange Love in Outer Space

February 17, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
February 18, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
February 19, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$6 (Members $5.50); Museum Admission Extra

Book and lyrics by Janyia Antrum
Music by Nick Morgan
Performance directed by Jorge J. Rodríguez

A one-armed, four-eyed alien princes. A four-mile-long, mad-scientist worm. It was love at first fight... until a blue merman and a pirate with the longest name in the universe stole their hearts away! Love just got a whole lot stranger in this sci-fi, musical epic!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Illustrator, Jane Dyer

February 18, 2015
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please join Jane Dyer, illustrator of numerous New York Times bestselling books, including Time for Bed by Mem Fox, as she reads her newest book, The House That's Your Home by Sally Lloyd-Jones. "Here is an enchanting picture book that celebrates all the special things in your special world that make you…YOU!" Share a peek at Jane's process for working on the illustrations for this book, followed by a book signing.

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

February 20, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$50

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine. Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.
Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

February 22, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

East Gallery Closed During Exhibition Installation

February 23 - March 13, 2015
All day


 

 

In The Central Gallery

Gallery Talk: A Genteel Tradition: The Art of Alice Bolam Preston, with Director of Education Courtney Waring

February 28, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Tear it Up

March 11 - April 21, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use torn paper and drawing tools to make funny characters inspired by the collage works on view in the current exhibition, Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz

March 14, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Members RSVP to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org.
Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, with Author/Illustrator Uri Shulevitz

March 15, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Booksigning to follow program

In The Offsite

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

March 16 - March 20, 2015
9:00am

(30 PDPs) 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; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the 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. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm

First Seating – 9:00 am
Second Seating – 10:15 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org

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 Museum

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: In Celebration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Randy Kaplan

March 28, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American Roots Music, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling into award-winning music suitable for the whole family. His groundbreaking music and lyrics are both educational and fun, exploring subjects that range from bugs to moral tales. Randy’s tangents and multi-leveled jokes are reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie and are sure to captivate a crowd!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

April 3, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants 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.
Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Using Picture Books with Older Students

April 3, 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula.  We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.
Instructor: Susan Wells

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Author Julie Sternberg and Illustrator Adam Gudeon

April 4, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as award-winning author Julie Sternberg and illustrator Adam Gudeon introduce their new picture book, Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's, in which two bunnies at bedtime will NOT behave the way their Mama wants them to. Julie will read the story and share how she gets the ideas for her books, and Adam will present his illustration process. Book signing to follow.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Youth Chamber Orchestra and Ukulele Choir

April 11, 2015
11:00am
Free; Museum Admission extra. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Please join us to see this delightful group of young musicians perform their annual concert. Conductor Tyson Peelle will lead the Youth Orchestra in performing a wide range of works in classical, folk, and rock genres. To be followed by a playful ukulele ensemble directed by Adam Bosse, showcasing fun tunes for all ages!

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Drawing Day

April 12, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Looking at the Whole Book: Exploring A Crow of His Own with author Megan Dowd Lambert and illustrator David Hyde Costello

April 18, 2015
1:00pm


 

In The Art Studio

Butterflies & Caterpillars: A Springtime Family Workshop

April 19, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Celebrate spring with open-ended butterfly-themed activities for the whole family! We’ll discuss the migration of the Monarch, create and personalize handmade nature observation journals, put together insect sculptures with natural materials, and create paper butterfly gardens to give as gifts or display at home. Workshop does not include Museum Admission.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents Pirates!

April 19, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. The performance features Berkshire County actors Alexia Trainor, Mark Hohlstein and Chris Brophy, with live music by Don Jordan. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Museum

Museum Open on Patriots' Day

April 20, 2015
All day

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

April 20, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 21, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 23, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 24, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required to read to a Reading Buddies dog. Call 413.658.1114 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Imaginative Assemblages

April 22 - May 26, 2015
12:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!

April 24, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers Hilts

April 25, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators, the Brothers Hilts, for a storytime as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique Spider.  The Brothers Hilts will also give an illustration presentation in which they discuss their illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating illustrations for Seaver the Weaver.

Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

The 5th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture Presentation by Artist and Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney

April 25, 2015
2:00pm

(1 PDP)
Book signing to follow

In The Auditorium

Why We Write Middle Grade

May 2, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 (1 PDP) Author panel with Jeanne Birdsall, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, Matt Phelan, and S.S. Taylor

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: We Love Picture Books

August 8, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm

(7 PDPs) Program details to be posted in late February.

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