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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 Museum

Museum Closing Early

May 30, 2015
4:00pm
June 27, 2015
4:00pm
July 11, 2015
4:00pm

The Carle will be closing early for a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience.

In The Museum

Children’s Book Festival: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

June 6, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, join us for a day celebrating these small creatures!

Activities include:

  • DANCE + Bugs workshop with Luminarium Dance Company
  • Exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from The Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild: Robin Brickman, Diane deGroat, Linda Graves, Gary Lippincott, Jeff Mack, Bob Marstall, Ralph Masiello, Shelley Rotner, Greg Ruth, and Sean Wang.
  • Story programs with Angela DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Brendan Wenzel
  • Presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
  • Face painting, storytimes, films, and art activities complete this day of family fun. Food provided by Foley’s Franks. Creative bug costumes welcome!

2015 Festival Schedule (PDF)

In The Reading Library

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Open Book, Open Play

May 15, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
May 22, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
June 12, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
June 19, 2015
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 in the Art Studio inspired by elements of the picture books from story time. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Museum

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

March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
June 14, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
July 18, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
August 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm

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 Auditorium

Meet David Macaulay

June 14, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1PDP) Facilitated by curator emeritus Nick Clark and in conjunction with The Carle’s exhibition, Gray Matter: David Macaulay’s "Black and White," Caldecott-award winner David Macaulay will discuss the inspirations and artistic process behind his books, and share some of his current projects. Book signing and reception to follow program

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

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Danny Lion

June 20, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Danny Lion is the new children's music project from award-winning composer, Dan Flannery. Audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy his fun, danceable rhythms and engaging storytelling through song. Come play hide and seek with a snail, dance like a crab, go on a bus ride, and most of all, dance happy!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

In The Auditorium

Special Storytime: Jeff Mack

June 20, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please join us for a dynamic story time with award-winning author/illustrator Jeff Mack reading his two newest picture books for 2015. Who Wants a Hug? introduces two new hilarious characters, Bear and Skunk, and a wild read-aloud in the tradition of classic Saturday morning Roadrunner cartoons. Meanwhile, in Look!, a gorilla will stop at nothing to get the attention of a boy with his eyes glued to the TV set. The question isn't "Will he succeed?", but "How?" Look! is a hilarious tale of a friendship that develops over a love of books. Enjoy these and other Jeff Mack favorites. Book signing to follow.

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 Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

June 21, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Prints, Patterns and Papers

June 24 - July 21, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle experiments with making painted marks and patterns on tissue paper for his picture book illustrations. Create your own handmade stamp and print your design onto colorful background papers with white paint.

In The Auditorium

BUGS! with Stand-up Chameleon Jackson Gillman

June 27, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4)

What do doodlebugs, spiders, ants and other crawlies have in common? Laugh and learn in this comic revue of songs and stories.

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

In The Museum

Little Kids Yoga

July 1, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 8, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 15, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 22, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 29, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
$130 for 1 adult and 1 child; $150 for 1 adult and 2 children

(Toddlers 15 months to 5 years with a caregiver)
This specially designed yoga class for toddlers and their adult caregivers brings everyone together to join in the yoga fun! Classes take place in the gallery, and include a welcoming circle, breathing time, a musical sun salute, and movements inspired by works of art on view in the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs. This developmentally-appropriate class fosters a sense of body connection, self awareness and the celebration of community.

Yoga Instructor Corinne Andrews has been teaching yoga in the Pioneer Valley to all ages and levels since 2003. For more information on Corinne, visit www.shraddhayoga.org.

Registration by June 20 is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Animals, Art and the Imagination

July 6 - July 10, 2015
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Entering 1st - 5th grade)
Join The Carle for an animal and art adventure! In this week-long program, meet and work with a guest author and Illustrator, Steve Light, 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 of The Carle’s Art Collections Department to 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 Reading Library

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 6 - August 31, 2015
1:30pm
Free with Museum admission. Advance sign-up required.

Mondays in July and August

The Carle is thrilled to partner with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for our Summer 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. 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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Steve Light

July 8, 2015
2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join award winning author/illustrator Steve Light as he reads from his books about a girl's flying machine; a dragon's counting adventure in the city; and a monster who roams a shape-filled fairground in the pages of his newest book Have You Seen My Monster? Steve will also show us how he draws dragons and monsters. Book signing to follow.

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 Museum

Creative Book Covers

July 10, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

Inspired by the exhibition, A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino, this workshop will take an in-depth look at book cover and jacket design. We will explore a variety of picture books and consider how their covers inform the reading experience. Participants will take away many ideas and projects to help students learn about and discover the art of book covers. Workshop will include guided time in the galleries.

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in The Carle Bookshop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

Cars & Trucks and Things That Go!

July 11, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Pickle car anyone? The world of Richard Scarry is full of fantastical vehicles, and you’re invited to build one of your very own! In addition to piles of art materials, we’ll have some racing ramps ready for the ultimate test drive!

This fun, drop-in Studio art program is presented by our friends at The Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University, one of this year’s Carle Honors Honorees for their creative vision and long-term dedication to the world of picture books. To learn more about the Cotsen Children’s Library, visit www.princeton.edu/cotsen.

In The Auditorium

The PuppeTree Presents: Swimmy/Swimmer

July 18, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$7 (Member $6.50)

Swimmy/Swimmer is a delightful show designed to enthrall, educate, and inspire both children and adults. By combining the elements of education and entertainment, Swimmy/Swimmer  introduces children to the fundamentals of ecology and science through fun, almost magical experiments certain to create a base for continual exploration and growth.

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

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino

July 18, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Members RSVP to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org.

 

 

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: The Art of Fred Marcellino with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

July 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1PDP) Join Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a guided tour of the special exhibition A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Bugs and Beyond

July 22 - August 11, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Using Eric Carle’s well-known technique of tissue paper collage, create an insect or another colorful critter.

In The Museum

The Visual Thinking Strategies in the Galleries and Art Studio

July 23, 2015
9:30am - 4:30pm
Full Day $70; Half Day $40

Attend one session or combine for a full day.

Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) which help to guide much of the educational programming at the Museum. Based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine, VTS uses specific strategies to encourage viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art. Participants learn about Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the methods in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Morning Session - VTS in the Galleries: Reading Pictures (3 PDPs)
Instructor: Rosemary Agoglia

1:30 – 4:30 pm
Afternoon Session - VTS in the Studio: Exploring Materials (3 PDPs)
Apply the principles of VTS to the exploration of materials and art-making and discuss how our exploration strategies can empower learners and enhance teaching.
(Prior attendance at any VTS workshop required.)
Instructor: Meghan Burch

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in The Carle Bookshop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The Art Studio

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Materials Play for Toddlers

July 24, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
August 7, 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 Reading Library

Special Storytime: Deborah Freedman

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

Author-illustrator Deborah Freedman's latest book is about two young writers who try to create a story together. Join her as she reads By Mouse & Frog, and then help her create the beginnings of a new story! 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 Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle!

July 31, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, story readings, films, activity centers, and more! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Auditorium

Cactus Head Puppets Presents: The Pied Piper of Hamelin

August 1, 2015
11:00am
August 2, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

The town of Hamelin has a rat problem, and there's only one person who can help! CactusHead Puppets bring the story of the Pied Piper to life with a cast of colorful characters in this comedic adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin also teach the grownups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John and Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles, and plenty of dancing rats!

In The Art Studio

Let’s Make Art Together!

August 5, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 12, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 19, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
August 26, 2015
3:45pm - 5:00pm
$12 per pair or trio of participants over 4yrs, per class. All four sessions $44

Intergenerational activities are designed for participants ages 4 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult.
Do you and your family love to make, build and create together? Sign up for just one, or all four Wednesday afternoons in August. Each week explore an exciting, open-ended activity inspired by a classic picture book. Siblings under 4 are not included in participation fee and an optional free play area will be provided while you create nearby. New art materials each week, so dress for mess! Workshop does not include Museum Admission.

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

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: We Love Picture Books

August 8, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm
$140 (Members $119)

(7 PDPs) A full-day workshop celebrating all things picture books, with guest authors and illustrators Lizi Boyd, Jason Chin, Shelley Rotner, Matthew Tavares, and Bill Thomson.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP: We Love Picture Books (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books

August 8, 2015
1:30pm - 2:30pm

(1 PDP) This inspiring WGBY documentary follows Mount Holyoke College philosophy students as they share picture books with second graders at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield, MA. Following the screening, hear from educators on how this unique partnership celebrated students’ natural curiosity and fostered critical thinking skills through philosophical discussions.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 9, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Map It Out

August 12 - September 22, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Whether you are from down the street, or visiting from the other side of the world, using wet and dry media design a map of your unique journey to The Carle.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Sophie Blackall

August 14, 2015
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 (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org

In The Auditorium

Talking Hands Theatre Presents: Bugaboo Revue

August 15, 2015
11:00am
$5 (Members $4.50)

Some people think creepy crawlies are just plain gross. But if you look closely, every bug in your garden has a song to sing about the special job it does to help plants grow. Learn more about why it's important to keep bugs alive and eat and garden organically. Beautiful bug puppets and catchy, interactive songs in a range of styles round out this fun and educational show. Recommended for ages 2-8.

In The Auditorium

Paintbox Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots

September 5, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
September 6, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$8 (Member $7.50)

Sooooo a long while ago a very cool kitty asked a young lad, "How would you like to be king.” The boy had nothing better to do, so he nodded. The adventure begins. The basic rule - when in doubt always trust the cat. Puss is one clever kitty. She is going to show us how to get from empty pockets to the royal throne room.

In The Auditorium

Diversity in Children’s Books

September 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A panel discussion with authors Lesléa Newman, Tanya Lee Stone, Padma Venkatraman, and illustrator Floyd Cooper. Book signing following program.

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala and Art Auction

September 24, 2015
5:30pm

At Guastavino's, New York, NY    

5:30 pm Cocktails, dinner fare, boutique, and auction
7:15 pm Seated awards presentation.
8:15 pm Dessert, coffee, and auction
9:00 pm Auction close

Tickets available now! Click here for information about the event. Check back here later this summer to or bid on The Carle Honors Auction!

Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar copyright © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle

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