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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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Upcoming Events

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

August 19, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
September 16, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult (Adult Member $9); $5 Youth (Youth Member $4.50)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the  heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy, kid-centric creativity, and family-friendly funnies!

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Experiment with Scale!

August 20, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop into the Art Studio to enjoy an additional project that gets you experimenting with materials and exploring art-making techniques.

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

August 7, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 14, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 21, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 28, 2017
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with admission. Advance sign-up required.

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. 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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Texture! Texture! Crease, Fold, and Cut It!

September 6 - October 10, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Try out a variety of rubbing plates to create patterned papers and your own paper sculptures!

In The Art Studio

Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Carle!

September 10, 2017
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$12 per adult/child pair

(Children ages 4 and up with an accompanying adult)
We invite kids to bring along their grandparents, family members or adult friends to celebrate collaboration and sharing stories together. In this workshop we will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that invite play and further exploration.

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Create at The Carle! Art Classes for Adults: Bookmaking

September 11 - October 30, 2017
10:00am
$90 (members $76.50)

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.
Please email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 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.
 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art that Moves

September 17, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop into the Art Studio to enjoy an additional project that gets you experimenting with materials and exploring art-making techniques.

In The Museum

Elephant & Piggie Art-ventures with Mo Willems and Tom Warburton!

September 23, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Are you ready for a new Elephant & Piggie adventure? In We Are in an ART-ivity Book!, Mo Willems and Tom Warburton have created the first-ever Elephant & Piggie activity book, full of drawing, coloring, gaming, and other hands-on fun! Listen to Mo and Tom as they share projects from their new book, meet Elephant and Piggie, watch films, and create art in the Art Studio!

Reservations are required for the 11:00 am and 12:00 pm auditorium programs and can be made by calling 413-559-6336.
Please note: Museum Day Live tickets do not guarantee admission to Elephant & Piggie auditorium programs. Separate reservations must be made.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. No personalization and no signing of board books or stuffed animals. Can’t make it to the event? Reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at 413-559-6333 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 23, 2017
All day
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Please note: Museum Day Live! tickets do not guarantee admission to Elephant & Piggie auditorium programs. Separate reservations must be made for those events. Space is limited.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 28, 2017
5:00pm

Please join us for the twelfth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 28 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor ARTIST, Ed Young, ANGEL, Dr. John Y. Cole, BRIDGE, Anthea Bell, and MENTOR, Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill. Awards will be presented by author Jack Gantos. More than twenty of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Butterfly from THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

September 29, 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 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. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.
Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Wordless Picture Books

September 29, 2017
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) How does one "read" a wordless picture book? How can wordless picture books help emergent readers who must learn to negotiate the printed word? How can pictures tell a story? In this workshop, we'll explore how wordless picture books invite careful observation, critical thinking, and opportunities to make meaning out of what one sees and hears from others. The session will include a guided tour of the exhibit David Wiesner: The Art of Wordless Storytelling, an introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), practice applying VTS to wordless picture books, and more. Instructor: David Feinstein

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Picture Book Theatre Inventory Sale

September 29, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
September 30, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

Picture Book Theatre is holding a sale of its inventory from seven productions of Eric Carle stories and two productions of Leo Lionni’s stories. All items are hand painted and crafted by its director, Therese Brady Donohue. Included in the sale are close to 100 items including puppets, props, and pieces of scenery made into wall hangings suitable for decorating rooms at home, schools, libraries or pediatric offices. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bags to take any purchases home. All proceeds from the sale will go to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Cash/Checks accepted.

In The Museum

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

September 30, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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 Auditorium

The Fantasy in Everyday Life: A Conversation with Tony DiTerlizzi and Ben Hatke

October 1, 2017
3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join authors/illustrators Tony DiTerlizzi (The Battle for WondLa) and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) as they discuss the increasingly popular fantasy and sci-fi genre for middle grade readers. 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 Museum

Inspiration Day at The Carle

October 7, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet twelve artists highlighted in the special exhibition, Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and their Heroes, and learn what and who inspires them when creating art. Participating artists include Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Bryan Collier, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, David Small, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Lane Smith, and Mo Willems.

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

Every Day Art Program: Things That Fly in the Night Sky

October 11 - November 14, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use metallic materials to create moving sculptures
 

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

October 13, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
October 20, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
October 27, 2017
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.


 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Tom Sullivan

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

It’s a clash of the colors in Blue vs. Yellow! From Tom Sullivan, author-illustrator of I Used to Be a Fish, comes a high-concept picture book about a battle between primary colors. Which one will be declared the best color of all? 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 Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

October 21, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
November 18, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
December 16, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Night Theater

October 22, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admisison

In The Museum

The Carle’s Annual Educators’ Night with David Wiesner

October 25, 2017
3:30pm - 7:00pm
Free. Reservations are required and begin September 8 (413-559-6336)

(2 PDPs) The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night featuring a presentation and book signing with David Wiesner, three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007). Participants will also have time to visit the special exhibition, David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling, the first-ever retrospective devoted to Wiesner’s career and features 80 original watercolors from some of his most famous books.

This event is free and open to all educators as space permits. Reservations are required and begin September 8 (Call 413-559-6336.) Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served.

Schedule of events

3:30 – 5:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom, and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Presentation by Guest Speaker David Wiesner (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with David Wiesner (Great Hall)
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 shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Tad Hills

October 27, 2017
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

It’s Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Times bestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose are ready for trick-or-treating! Come to The Carle in costume and meet author/illustrator Tad Hills as he reads from his new picture book, Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
 
“Duck and Goose have taken their places alongside Frog and Toad and George and Martha as fine examples of friendship, curiosity and problem-solving.” —Kirkus Reviews

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

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

November 3, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
November 10, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
November 17, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them.
 

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!

November 15 - December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!

November 19, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Light, Shadow, Art

December 10, 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


 

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Ready, Set, Draw!

December 20 - January 30, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Respond to words and phrases with a wide range of drawing tools to create your own illustration.

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