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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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Sign for La Colombe, 1950,  Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

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Upcoming Events

In The Museum

Museum Closed for the Holidays

December 24 - December 25, 2014
All day

The Carle will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Happy Holidays!

In The Museum

A Very Merry Madeline Weekend

December 27 - December 28, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

Madeline Costume Character appearances Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Bring your camera!

 

Support for Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation. Illustration from Madeline and the Bad Hat (The Viking Press, 1956/57). Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents The Bremen Town Musicians

December 27, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
December 28, 2014
1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission extra

CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way.

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

 

In The Museum

Tea Time with Madeline

December 27, 2014
1:30pm - 3:00pm
February 14, 2015
1:30pm - 3:00pm
$10 Youth; $12 Adult (Members $5)

(The December 27th tea is SOLD OUT!)

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and cookies in The Carle Café! Families will enjoy cookies specially made by Atkins Farms Country Market, make a Madeline-inspired art project, and meet Madeline herself! 

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Museum

Museum Closed for the Holiday

January 1, 2015
All day

The Carle will be closed on New Year's Day.
Happy New Year!

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Mixed-Up Sculptures

January 7 - February 10, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

We collected all of The Studio’s most interesting found materials just for you! Design your own 3D sculptures inspired by The Mixed-Up Chameleon with our mix of plastics, papers, and other fun materials.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Nick Deysher

January 10, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

With a generous blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz and funk, Nick Deysher delivers music for all, big and small. Children enjoy the imagination and whimsy of Nick’s music which transports them back in time to 65 million years ago or shoots them into outer space through song. Parents love that Nick keeps their sensibilities in mind by drawing upon influences of the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Paul Simon (just to name a few). This live performance is a high-energy celebration with clever lyrics and cheerful tunes that will catch your ear and have you tapping your toes while singing along!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Museum

Arts Integration across the Common Core

January 11, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
February 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
March 1, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm
$140

(Snow dates: January 25, February 8, March 8)

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program, held at The Carle, is made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.
Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

Registration deadline: January 4, 2015.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

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

December 14, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm
January 11, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
February 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

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 Art Studio

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Materials Play for Toddlers

January 16, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
January 23, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
January 30, 2015
10:00am - 10:30am
February 6, 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 Auditorium

Master Puppeteer Matthias Kuchta Presents: Snow White

January 17, 2015
1:00pm
January 18, 2015
1:00pm
$8.50 (Members $7.50) Museum Admission extra

Matthias Kuchta's interpretation of the Grimm Brothers' Snow White is a magical production of this classic tale. In a short hour's time the world-traveled German puppeteer and his Fellini-like textile puppets transport the audience to another world. You'll be captured by his charm and delighted by these life-size puppets as they bring the story to life with richness and humor. This is truly a performance not to be missed!

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

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

January 25, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Auditorium

Special Community Event - Paul Taylor: Creative Domain screening at The Carle

January 30, 2015
5:30pm - 8:30pm
$11.54 in advance; $15 at the door (cash only)

Paul Taylor is among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for 60 years.  In that time he has offered only glimpses into his creative process.  Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how Mr. Taylor creates a single dance.

5:30 Reception
6:30 Film Screening followed by a Q & A with Director Kate Geis and Executive Producer Robert Aberlin

Creative Domain premiered at Lincoln Center in 2014 at the Dance on Camera Film Festival and has toured in festivals and with the Paul Taylor Dance Company across the country.  The Eric Carle Museum hosts its Pioneer Valley premiere.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.

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In The Art Studio

Family Valentine-Making Party

January 31, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
$12 per pair or trio

(Ages 3 and up with an adult)
Grab a friend and come to the Art Studio for some creative fun. The Carle will provide all the materials you need to make special valentines for your family, friends, or classmates. Please note that this is not a drop-off program.

Space is limited, registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Shiprock & Anchordog

January 31, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults; $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Come see Shiprock & Anchordog’s musical adventure based on a story created by Evan Curran in collaboration with various local artists and children. It follows the journey of two dogs who are best friends as they travel through different magical lands.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

In The Auditorium

Hampshire Young People’s Chorus

February 1, 2015
2:30pm and 3:30pm
Free; Museum Admission Extra

The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus will present two half-hour kid-friendly concerts featuring the Junior Choir and the Concert Choir. 

The Young People’s Chorus is an award-winning community children’s choir based in Amherst. They have performed widely, including WGBY’s Together in Song program, numerous children’s choir festivals, and collaborations with Young@Heart Chorus, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Smith and Amherst College Orchestras, University Chorale, Commonwealth Opera and Amherst Ballet. The choir’s roster currently includes nearly 60 singers ages 7-16 in three age divisions.

In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

February 7, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Museum Admission is FREE today!

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. So bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends, plus a FREE Elephant and Piggie book to the first 500 children who attend! Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

  • Meet Elephant and Piggie!
  • Watch Films!
  • Share Storytimes!
  • Make Art!
  • Enjoy our special exhibitions!
  • Pack a picnic lunch or enjoy food by Foley’s Franks!

FREE round-trip buses from Springfield and Holyoke, compliments of Peter Pan Bus Lines! (Bus 1 -- Leaves Springfield Station at 10:00 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm; Bus 2 -- Leaves Holyoke Mall (Sears parking lot) at 10:30 am; departs Museum at 2:00 pm). Seating is limited—call (413) 658-1126 or email katem@carlemuseum.org to reserve seats. Please arrive for bus at least 15 minutes before departure. In the event of snow, please call (413) 658-1100 for cancellation news.

 

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Handmade Fairy Books

February 11 - March 10, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by Alice Bolam Preston’s illustrations in The Green Forest Fairy Book, illustrate your own woodland story in a handmade book.

In The Museum

Madeline Weekend Celebration

February 14, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
February 15, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Come and visit the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans to learn more about this incredible artist and his beloved character, Madeline. Gallery searches, films, story readings and art projects take place throughout the day, and children will have a chance to meet Madeline!

In The Art Studio

The Family Sculpture Workshop

February 15, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Have fun working on open-ended sculpture projects together! We’ll discuss the basics of building with paper, wood and mixed media and spark your 3D imagination with ideas from our favorite picture books.

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

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley

February 15, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Guest Curator Jane Curley for a guided tour of the special exhibition Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

February 16, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 17, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 19, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 20, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


The Carle is thrilled to continue their partnership with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for the 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 to read to a Reading Buddies dog. 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 Auditorium

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School presents Strange Love in Outer Space

February 17, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
February 18, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
February 19, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$6 (Members $5.50); Museum Admission Extra

Book and lyrics by Janyia Antrum
Music by Nick Morgan
Performance directed by Jorge J. Rodríguez

A one-armed, four-eyed alien princes. A four-mile-long, mad-scientist worm. It was love at first fight... until a blue merman and a pirate with the longest name in the universe stole their hearts away! Love just got a whole lot stranger in this sci-fi, musical epic!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

February 22, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 16 - March 20, 2015
9:00am

(30 PDPs) The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools' history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brother Hilts

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

Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators, the Brothers Hilts, for a storytime as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique Spider.  The Brothers Hilts will also give an illustration presentation in which they discuss their illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating illustrations for Seaver the Weaver.

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.

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