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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 Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Art Gardeners

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

Experiment with materials in the Art Studio and watch our creative garden grow!

In The Museum

What’s Your Favorite Color? Book Party

May 7, 2017
12:30pm - 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, Rafael López, and William Low as well as a special performance from the Amherst Regional High School Dance Theatre Ensemble. There will be a book signing with each of the illustrators following their scheduled program.

SCHEDULE

12:30 pm
Sensory Awareness dance performance by Amherst Regional High School’s Dance Theatre Ensemble. Paintings by Wassily Kandinsky were the inspiration for the dances created by the students and director of this unique and inspiring ensemble. Watch pathways of paint, repetition of shapes, and tonality of color come to life in this beautiful presentation. 30 minutes

1:00 pm
Digital Painting Demonstration with William Low (Art Studio)

1:30 pm
Doodle Connections Drawing Activity with Rafael López (Art Studio)

2:00 pm
Special Storytime with Mike Curato (Reading Library)

2:30 pm
Indigo Blue Fantasies Art Project with Etienne Delessert (Art Studio)

 

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

NOTE: This program is FULL. Contact programs@carlemuseum.org 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 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 Museum

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

April 13, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
May 11, 2017
3:30pm - 4:30pm
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 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

Little Pig is too little to go to summer camp with his older brothers and sisters, so he is left behind with Grandpa and Poppy. Little Pig and Poppy make and sail a toy ship all week, but when a gusty wind takes the ship into the current, Little Pig has to use his newfound knot-tying skills to save the day. Join author/illustrator David Hyde Costello for a sweetly told intergenerational story about how even the littlest can make a big difference.

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

Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert

May 23, 2017
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author and Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Color Connections

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

Inspired by the exhibition What’s Your Favorite Color explore color variety and tone. 

 

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 Sheckels

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

Program Postponed. New date TBA

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

Create artwork that takes a different viewpoint and tells a surprising story.

In The Museum

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

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

This program is FULL. Please email info@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

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.
Email info@carlemuseum.org to reserve your space.

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

Join Artist David Wiesner for a gallery talk on the special exhibition David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling. A book signing will take place in the Great Hall following the 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

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

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

10:30 am
Groundbreaking Celebration (Orchard)

11:00 am
Special Storytime with Tom Lichtenheld (Reading Library)

11:30 am
Book signing with Tom Lichtenheld (Great Hall)

12:30 pm
Cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Happier Family Comedy Show (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Tom Lichtenheld

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

Join illustrator Tom Lichtenheld for a special storytime and drawing demonstration for Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, the companion book to the international bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small!

"Construction-loving kids will adore the wealth of details . . . Lichtenheld's colorful wax-oil pastels burst with the trucks' activity and make creative use of inset illustration panels . . . It drives home good lessons on hard work and teamwork. People will be revving their engines to get their hands on this sequel." ~ Booklist

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 Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle

July 28, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music by Berkshire Hills Music Academy, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Brian Biggs, Sarah Dillard, and Jeff Mack!

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

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
10:00am
$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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