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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

Every Day Art Program: Lift, Peek, Pull

May 4 - June 7, 2016
10:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Some picture books have special pages with flaps, tabs, and pockets, hiding characters and objects for you to find.  Learn a few new paper construction tricks and create your very own story book filled with surprises using scissors, tape and glue.

In The Art Studio

A Space to Create

May 7, 2016
10:00am - 12:00pm
$30 (Members $25.50)

Parents, Grandparents and Caretakers: Are you interested in providing the children in your life with a creative and developmentally rich environment in your home? Meghan Burch, Art Educator at The Carle and parent, will help guide you toward the materials and ideas for setting up your own art area inspired by The Carle’s Art Studio and early learning centers in Reggio Emilia and Pistoia, Italy. There will be time to test out materials, share your successes or challenges, and ask plenty of questions!

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Meet Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell

May 15, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series, and Cece Bell, author of the 2015 Newbery Honor Book El Deafo, as they talk about their books, discuss their writing and illustration process, and answer questions. 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

Bridging Art & Nature for Teachers and Parents

May 16, 2016
12:00pm - 5:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

(5 PDPs) Using some of our favorite picture books and our beautiful surrounds, we’ll explore ways to link the art and design of the picture book with an exploration of the natural world and a variety of open-ended art projects. Designed to enhance your science curriculum or provide ways to share outdoor time with your children, the program includes time spent outside, so please dress accordingly. We also suggest you bring a brownbag lunch in order to maximize workshop time.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Materials Play

May 20, 2016
10:00am - 10:30am
May 27, 2016
10:00am - 10:30am
June 3, 2016
10:00am - 10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

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

           

In The Auditorium

Keeping it Together – Paper, Paint, Glue and Tape: A Conservator’s Approach to Preserving the Leonard Weisgard Collection with Leslie Paisley

May 21, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Through visuals and demonstration materials, Leslie Paisley, who conserved 20 illustrations featured in the exhibition Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard, will discuss the process and challenges of paper conservation.
 
Paisley received her training at the Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard University Art Museums. She has been head of the paper department at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center since 1989.

In The Auditorium

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Play Ball! Reflections on the Origins of Baseball

May 22, 2016
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50) Museum Admission extra

Written by E. Gray Simons, III
Directed by Travis G. Daly

Play Ball! Reflections on the Origins of Baseball blends history, poetry, and a fantastic sense of humor to create an exciting and hilarious play. Audiences will learn the rules and terms of baseball, while simultaneously celebrating the cultural significance of baseball in Massachusetts. Play Ball! aims to enlighten audiences to the importance of the mascot not just as comic relief, but as a symbol of luck and hope that can bring entire cities together. Through fictional interactions with actual historical figures (from Queen Hatshepsut and her son Thutmose III to Reverend Allen and Charles Bulfinch) the audience is shown the spirit behind baseball and how it has evolved to become America’s Pastime. Grab some peanuts and crackerjacks and get ready for a home run sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In The Art Studio

Cut Paper Creations: Making Collages with Children

June 2, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Experiment with stamping, texture rubbings, and other ways to make unique collage papers with young children. Learn about how the Art Studio uses collage to connect young children with picture books, literacy, the creative thinking process, and their own curiosities. As we create collages of our own, we’ll dip into design and color theory to better help us understand how picture book artists think and work. Leave with art you’ve made yourself, texture making tools, and ideas you can use in the classroom or at home.
Instructors: Meghan Burch and Diana MacKenzie

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Children’s Book Festival: Games Galore!

June 4, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Hide & Seek, join us for a day celebrating games, from scavenger hunts and board games to art projects and outdoor fun!

Schedule

10:30 – 11:00 am
Storytime (Reading Library)

10:45 – 11:30 am
Fun and Drawing Game with artist Emily Neuburger (Art Studio)*
Have fun preparing hairdo shaped papers!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Face Painting (Terrace)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Group Games (Orchard)

11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Fun and Drawing Game with artist Emily Neuburger (Art Studio)*
Have fun preparing hairdo shaped papers!

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Family Fun Performance by Yo-Yo People (Auditorium). Space is limited.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Jeff Mack (Reading Library)

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Book signing with Jeff Mack (Great Hall)

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Drawing Decathlon (Art Studio)
A new drawing event every five minutes!

*Sign up in the Studio. Space is limited.   

 

In The Museum

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

March 13, 2016
1:00pm - 2:00pm
April 5, 2016
3:30pm - 4:30pm
May 1, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
June 5, 2016
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 Offsite

Beverly Cleary Book Club at Jones Library

June 7, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
June 14, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
June 21, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Free

The Carle is teaming up with Jones Library in celebration of Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday and The Carle’s spring exhibition, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. Children ages 6-10 (and their caregivers) are invited to join us as we discuss two of Cleary’s books, create art inspired by what we read, and conclude with a field trip to The Carle!

The book club will meet in The Amherst Room of Jones Library on June 7 and 14. On June 21, the group will meet at The Carle to see the Louis Darling exhibition.

Families can sign up by calling Jones Library at 413-259-3091, emailing kids@joneslibrary.org, or registering in person in the library’s Kids Room.

Tuesday, June 9 – Book discussion of The Mouse and The Motorcycle, followed by art activity
Tuesday, June 16 – Book discussion of Beezus and Ramona, followed by art activity
Tuesday, June 23 – Visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: It’s All About Blue

June 8 - July 19, 2016
10:00am

Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal is the quintessential summertime story.  Explore the magic of cool summertime colors like blue, purple and green with this surprise activity!

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 10, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
June 17, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
June 24, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by elements of the picture books from storytime. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey

June 18, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 pm  Reception
6:15 pm  Remembering Robert McCloskey: A Conversation with Guest Curator Nick Clark and Sally and Jane McCloskey

Members RSVP by June 13 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers.


 

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Make Way for McCloskey, with Guest Curator Nick Clark

June 19, 2016
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

June 19, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins

June 19, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Make way for the goslings! In Ryan T. Higgins’ book, Mother Bruce, Bruce the bear discovers that his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings. He tries to get them to fly south, but the goslings are convinced that Bruce is their mother. What’s a bear to do?

“Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny.” — Kirkus, starred review

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

Red, White, and Blueberries Weekend

July 2, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
July 3, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend at The Carle! Create art in the studio, go on a red, white and blue scavenger hunt, and take a family tour of Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey. Inspired by McCloskey’s classic, Blueberries for Sal, local farms will be selling blueberries over this holiday weekend.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Kwame Alexander

July 6, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Surf’s Up, Newbery Award Medal Winner Kwame Alexander introduces readers to Bro and Dude, two frog friends who discover the adventures found in reading. Children in attendance will receive Surf’s Up backpacks, a perfect place to hold summer reading books!

A warmhearted tribute to reading.” — Kirkus

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 Lambert

July 8, 2016
10:30am
July 9, 2016
10:30am
July 10, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Book signing to follow July 8th 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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Jeanne Birdsall and Harry Bliss

July 9, 2016
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Things to know about sheep: Sheep live outside. Sheep have wool. Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard. In My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class, National Book Award winning author Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times Bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss team up to share one child’s outrageous school essay on his seventeen “pet” sheep.

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

Animals, Art and the Imagination 2016

July 11 - July 15, 2016
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00 am -3:00 pm

(Entering 1st grade - 5th grade)
Join The Carle for an animal and art adventure! In this week-long program, meet and work with a guest author/illustrator, interact with live animals, and discover original picture book art! Students will enjoy being creative inside the Museum’s beautiful light-filled Art Studio. Outside, students will explore the beautiful grounds with nature walks and picnics in the surrounding apple orchard and Hampshire College Campus. Museum staff will give a special behind-the-scenes tour and teach students how art exhibitions are made. On the last day, students will collaborate on an exhibit of their art from the week and host a reception for their families.

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

 

In The Auditorium

Animal Friends at The Carle

July 13, 2016
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet a variety of creatures from The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut and learn about their natural habitats, special skills or unusual habits. All ages are welcome!

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: MAKE WAY FOR PLAY

July 18, 2016
9:30am - 5:30pm
$140 (Members $119)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.  ~ Mister Rogers

(7 PDPs) Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop recognizing play as an important part in children's learning and social, emotional, and physical development.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
Summer Teacher Workshop: MAKE WAY FOR PLAY (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Animals Abound

July 20 - August 16, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Whether you’ve only read one, or all 81 of Eric Carle’s picture books, his colorful characters are quite memorable! Use cut paper and drawing tools to create your own colorful critter like your favorite Eric Carle picture book character.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: The Artistic Olympics

August 14, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a marathon of art games for all ages to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics! Everyone will take home their special creations, from sculpture, to painting, to drawing. Win a special prize if you “compete” in every artistic category.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Swish, Wiggle, Dab

August 17 - September 13, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the charcoal illustrations in Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings, experiment with dry and wet media to create your own cityscape scene.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Remarkable Rainbow Collages

September 14 - October 18, 2016
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle uses every color of the rainbow in his book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Using a mix of colorful paper scraps and magazine clippings, arrange your unique colorful creation with glue and scissors.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

September 25, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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