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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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In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Pamela Zagarenski

March 25, 2017
2:00pm

CANCELLED: Check back soon for new date.
Bring your favorite toy to this special storytime that celebrates friendship and love. With dreamy mixed-media illustrations, Pamela Zagarenski’s Henry & Leo tells the story of a young boy, his beloved toy lion, and the magical qualities of the Nearby Woods.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. 

In The Auditorium

Meet Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

March 26, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes. In Triangle, the first tale in a new shape trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators. Book signing to follow program

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org

In The Art Studio

More Than a Display: Installations That Inspire Collaborative Learning

March 30, 2017
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

NOTE: This program is full. Contact programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

(3 PDPs) Inspired by the installations and displays of the Art Studio, this professional development workshop will explore ways to incorporate collaborative and interactive displays into your learning environment. We will reflect on how displays can capture student learning, extend on that learning and encourage collaboration. This workshop is designed to explore frameworks connected to project-based learning, as well as give educators hands-on time with materials. The workshop will also address time-management, resourcing and cost issues as related to the creation of effective and exciting displays.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.
 

In The Art Studio

Girl Scout Workshop: Bookmaking Basics

April 2, 2017
10:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 4:30pm
$15 per girl / $9 per adult

The Carle's approach to bookmaking centers on the idea that books can be a vehicle for imagining creative and innovative ways to communicate ideas. Participants will learn fundamental bookmaking vocabulary and techniques, and use an array of interesting materials in creating their unique books.

Open to troops and Girl Scouts with an adult. Register at http://www.gscwm.org/en/events/event-list.html.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

April 7, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
April 14, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
April 21, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Share picture books at storytime in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly.


 

In The Art Studio

Puppets as Tools for Education and Diversity

April 8, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

(5 PDPs) A master puppeteer in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Mariano Dolci illustrates the multiple ways children and educators can use puppets to communicate creatively. Participants will hear from Mariano Dolci and Vito Minoia as they share stories of how puppets celebrate inclusion and diversity, and then attend a public puppet performance by Dolci. Following a break for lunch, participants will return to the Art Studio to construct their own paper puppets, with support from Dolci and Minoia. English translation by Lella Gandini.

Instructors include Mariano Dolci, expert puppeteer from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; Vito Minoia, Professor from the University of Urbino, Italy and Director of Theatre of Diversity Journal; and Lella Gandini, US Liaison for the schools of Reggio Emilia

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Special Puppet Performance with Italian Puppeteer Mariano Dolci

April 8, 2017
11:30am - 12:15pm
Free with Museum Admission

For over thirty years, Mariano Dolci has worked as a master puppeteer in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, celebrating puppetry as a creative form of communication and expression. During this special puppet performance of a familiar fairytale, Dolci will delight guests by taking unlikely objects and creating characters and stories from them. Recommended for ages 4 and up. English translation provided by Lella Gandini. 

In The Auditorium

Reading Without Walls, with Gene Luen Yang

April 8, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Graphic Novelist. Educator. Cartoonist. MacArthur Fellow. As the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang is traveling across the country to discuss Reading Without Walls, challenging readers to read diverse books outside of their comfort zones. In this divided world, Yang asks people to come together and learn to understand each other better through books. A bestselling, award-winning comics creator, Gene Luen Yang is pushing his own boundaries in storytelling -- and asking you to do the same in your reading.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Constructed Colorscapes

April 12 - May 16, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Choose from a variety of colorful found materials to create your own three-dimensional world!

In The Museum

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

April 13, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
May 11, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
June 4, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

In The Central Gallery

Gallery Talk: A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle, with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

April 15, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

  

In The Museum

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

April 17, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
April 18, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
April 19, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
April 20, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
April 21, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Free with Museum Admission; Advance sign-up required.

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to gentle, comforting Reading Buddy dogs as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. Call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell

April 20, 2017
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. 

In The Auditorium

NAREA Brick by Brick Series: Reflecting on the Multiple Potentials of Documentation

April 22, 2017
8:30am - 2:30pm
$100 ($75 Current NAREA members)

How do children express and communicate meanings through the language of visual literacy?

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) is thrilled to invite you to a special day at The Carle! This year’s Spring New England Brick by Brick is inspired by Malaguzzi’s concept of the hundred languages of children and dedicated to exploring the multiple languages of visual literacy. Lella Gandini, U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach, will share the story of the “atelier” or studio in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and its evolution as a context that invites and nurtures visual literacy within the school and community. The day will also include optional visits to the Hampshire College Early Learning Center and small group discussions regarding topics such as the communicative power of picture books and young children’s use of materials and media to make and communicate meaning.

To register visit https://reggioalliance.org/events/initiatives/

In The Auditorium

Hampshire Theatre Seedling Productions presents New Kid, by Dennis Foon

April 22, 2017
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$4 (Members $3.50)

Nick moves to a new country with their family. Will Nick and Mom be able to learn the ways of the new place? How will the other kids at school treat the new kid?  Will Nick make friends?  Find out the answers in this moving piece about immigration, acceptance, and home. Best for ages 5 and up.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

In The Museum

Create at The Carle! Art Reception

April 23, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at The Carle! program with us. See how participants explored a variety of printmaking techniques with teaching artist Lynn Peterfreund and were inspired by the collection and unique surrounds of The Carle. 

In The Auditorium

The 7th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture with Steven Kellogg

April 29, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Enduring Magic of Story, with Author/Illustrator Steven Kellogg
(1 PDP) Light reception and book signing to follow.

Can't make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art Gardeners

April 30, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

What’s Your Favorite Color? Book Party

May 7, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the new Eric Carle & Friends book, What’s Your Favorite Color? Activities include family programs with contributing illustrators Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, and William Low as well as a special performance from the Amherst Regional High School Dance Theatre Ensemble.

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Collage

May 8 - July 10, 2017
10:00am
$90 (members $76.50)

Eight Mondays, May 8 – July 10, 2017 (no class held on May 29 and July 3)
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Micha Archer
Enrollment limited to 20

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program with for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art. In this eight-week workshop, participants working with Collage Artist and Illustrator, Micha Archer, will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques for creating collages and collage papers including tissue paper layering, homemade rubber stamps, texture rubbings, and wax and rice paste resist. Participants will also learn simple transferal techniques that will contribute to the composition and creation of their own personalized collages.

The program will include time spent looking closely at original artworks from The Carle’s collection and a visit from artist Ekua Holmes, a Boston based painter and collage artist who at age 60 illustrated her first children’s book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, which won a 2016 Caldecott Honor.

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.
 

In The Art Studio

Transforming Recycled Materials (3 PDPs)

May 9, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

Join us on the journey of a recycled material from discarded object to one full of creative potential. Walk away from this workshop with ideas about how to transform materials as you promote creativity and sustainability in your classroom, art studio, library or home.
Instructors: Meg Nicoll and Sara Ottomano

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

May 12, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
May 19, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
May 26, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!
 

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Stamp. Paint. Share.

May 17 - June 20, 2017
All day

Experiment with patterns and paint. Make multiple versions to use in your own artwork and share with others.
 

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies (4 PDPs)

May 19, 2017
9:30am - 1:30pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: David Hyde Costello

May 21, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Color Connections

May 28, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

  

In The Museum

A “Rawther” Splendid Tea Party

June 3, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
$10 Youth / $12 Adult (Members $5) Price includes Museum Admission.

Come for a breakfast tea party all about Eloise! Participants will enjoy a selection of fruit and baked goods, making wearable art, and playing Pin the Bow on Skipperdee!

Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. 

In The Auditorium

Cinema Sunday: Funny Face (1957)

June 4, 2017
1:00pm

Think Pink! Enjoy a screening of this classic musical romantic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson. 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Big Littles

June 10, 2017
11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Matt Singer and Liam Hurley are both dads of super cute toddlers, they both live in super cute Brooklyn and together they make up the Big Littles, a super cute acoustic pop rock duo that deftly walks the tightrope of making genuinely enjoyable music for kids and for grownups. If they don't sound super cute enough, Matt plays a little guitar and Liam plays a little drum set. Super cute.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckels

June 10, 2017
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Unexpected Perspectives

June 11, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Museum

Simmons College Seminar: David Wiesner and The Art of Wordless Storytelling

June 17, 2017
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Free; reservations required

Have you thought about graduate studies in Children's Literature?  Or you're finally ready to engage in that Master of Fine Arts program to write for children or young adults?  Join us for a few hours to experience first-hand a graduate seminar in Children's Literature led by faculty from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College.  From 1-4 pm, we'll consider the conventions of the picturebook as an art form; then we'll look at Wiesner's work as visual metafictionality; and finally, we'll engage in some creative writing.  From 4-5 pm, we'll go on a private tour of the David Wiesner special exhibition; and from 5-7 pm participants are invited to the Members' Reception to hear from the artist.

This seminar is a great way to give your interests a spin and to test-drive the nation's first graduate program in Children's Literature. Seminar faculty include Cathryn M. Mercier, Ph.D.; Megan Lambert, originator of the whole book approach; and Jeannine Atkins, author of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science (2016). PDPs and CEUs available. Free, but space is limited. Reservations required.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling

June 17, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Members RSVP by Monday, June 12 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with David Wiesner

June 18, 2017
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

12th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Dig It! Build It! Dream It!

June 25, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Tom Lichtenheld

June 25, 2017
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

June 29, 1999…in 2017!

June 29, 2017
1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Artichokes in Anchorage! Parsnips in Providence! In David Wiesner’s book, June 29, 1999, a young girl’s science projects begins with seedlings sent up in the atmosphere, and ends with an invasion of giant vegetables! Come to The Carle for a special storytime followed by a collaborative window installation project where young artists imagine what vegetables they see flying through the sky. 

Signed copies of June 29, 1999 will be available in the Museum Shop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Nature, Art and the Imagination 2017

July 17 - July 21, 2017
All day
$300 (Members $255)

 9:00 am -3:00 pm
Entering 1st grade - 5th grade

Join us for a week of exploration, creativity, and art-making! In this week-long program, experiment with unique materials to create your own works of art and a collaborative large-scale installation in The Art Studio. Be inspired by the beautiful outdoors through nature walks, the original artworks in the galleries, and the light-filled spaces of the museum. Get hands-on with materials in The Art Studio by developing your own projects and come together as a team to create something big and bold! On the last day, we will share all that we’ve learned and made during the week, and host a reception for our families. 

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

 

In The Art Studio

Special Art Studio Guest: Susan Schwake

August 6, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join artist, art educator, and author Susan Schwake for an afternoon of art-making where guests will create their own cityscapes using a variety of tissue and newspapers. This program is inspired by Schwake's recent book, Art Camp, which is available for purchase in the Shop.
(Please note new date.)

 

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Bookmaking

September 11 - October 30, 2017
10:30am
$90 (members $76.50)

Eight Mondays, September 11 – October 30
10:00am - 12:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Meghan Burch
Enrollment limited to 20

Join us for Create at The Carle! a program with for adults 55 and older interested in expressing themselves through visual art.

Artists’ books are a visual, tactile format for expressing ideas. In this eight-week workshop, participants will explore books as unique art objects and build skill with a variety of techniques and forms that can be expanded and combined. Students will use these skills to experiment with sequencing and the relationship between text and image. Some of the structures and bindings covered in the course could include: concertina, Japanese binding, tunnel book, crown binding, altered books, flag books, scroll books, and palm leaf books.

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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