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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: Tear it Up

March 11 - April 21, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Use torn paper and drawing tools to make funny characters inspired by the collage works on view in the current exhibition, Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz.

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 Museum

Members Opening Reception: Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz

March 14, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Members RSVP to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org.
Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Tall Tales and Short Tales: The Art of Uri Shulevitz, with Author/Illustrator Uri Shulevitz

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

Booksigning to follow program

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 The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2015
9:00am - 12:00pm

First Seating – 9:00 am
Second Seating (FULL) – 10:15 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org

Enjoy fresh pancakes in The Carle Café, a special project in the Art Studio, Special Storytime and film in the Auditorium, plus the chance to meet the Caterpillar and receive a special Member gift.

In The Museum

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 22, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: In Celebration of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

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

Create your very own caterpillar using colorful found materials!

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Randy Kaplan

March 28, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American Roots Music, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling into award-winning music suitable for the whole family. His groundbreaking music and lyrics are both educational and fun, exploring subjects that range from bugs to moral tales. Randy’s tangents and multi-leveled jokes are reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie and are sure to captivate a crowd!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.
Limited seating; early arrival recommended

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

April 3, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(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.
Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Using Picture Books with Older Students

April 3, 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula.  We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.
Instructor: Susan Wells

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Author Julie Sternberg and Illustrator Adam Gudeon

April 4, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as award-winning author Julie Sternberg and illustrator Adam Gudeon introduce their new picture book, Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's, in which two bunnies at bedtime will NOT behave the way their Mama wants them to. Julie will read the story and share how she gets the ideas for her books, and Adam will present his illustration process. Book signing to follow.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Youth Chamber Orchestra and Ukulele Choir

April 11, 2015
11:00am
Free; Museum Admission extra. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Please join us to see this delightful group of young musicians perform their annual concert. Conductor Tyson Peelle will lead the Youth Orchestra in performing a wide range of works in classical, folk, and rock genres. To be followed by a playful ukulele ensemble directed by Adam Bosse, showcasing fun tunes for all ages!

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Drawing Day

April 12, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

With the goal of bringing together people of all ages through something as simple as drawing, join us for our annual day of family-friendly projects designed to celebrate drawing and foster new and imaginative ways to draw.

In The Auditorium

Looking at the Whole Book: Exploring A Crow of His Own with Author Megan Dowd Lambert and Illustrator David Hyde Costello

April 18, 2015
1:00pm

Join Megan Dowd Lambert and David Hyde Costello as they provide insight into the process of creating their new picture book, A Crow of His Own. Accompanied by real-time illustrations by Costello, both

speakers will offer a style of presenting picture books that combines dialogic reading with visual thinking strategies to promote critical and creative thinking.


 

In The Art Studio

Butterflies & Caterpillars: A Springtime Family Workshop

April 19, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Celebrate spring with open-ended butterfly-themed activities for the whole family! We’ll discuss the migration of the Monarch, create and personalize handmade nature observation journals, put together insect sculptures with natural materials, and create paper butterfly gardens to give as gifts or display at home. Workshop does not include Museum Admission.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

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

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents Pirates!

April 19, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. The performance features Berkshire County actors Alexia Trainor, Mark Hohlstein and Chris Brophy, with live music by Don Jordan. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation.

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

In The Museum

Museum Open on Patriots' Day

April 20, 2015
All day

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

April 20, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 21, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 23, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 24, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Imaginative Assemblages

April 22 - May 26, 2015
12:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create a 2D or 3D assemblage using only black and white materials.

In The Auditorium

Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!

April 24, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

In The Art Studio

Special Studio Art Workshop for Educators: The Illustrator’s Eye, Real and Imagined, with Jerry Pinkney

April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
$25

(2.5 PDPs) Using a slideshow, readings, and a drawing demonstration, Jerry Pinkney will discuss the decisions leading up to developing a book project, the ways in which he finds his own vision, and how he develops a fuller understanding of his subjects. A slideshow of images will include details about Jerry’s art-making process, from rough thumbnail sketches to drawings in progress, and from dummy books to final art.

Registration required. Space is limited. See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers 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.

In The Auditorium

The 5th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture: Art as a Manuscript, with Artist and Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney

April 25, 2015
2:00pm

(1 PDP) In this presentation, Jerry Pinkney will discuss the impact of the first stories he encountered as a child, both through the written word and through the Southern oral tradition, and the ways in which they influenced his journey to becoming a narrative artist. Jerry will share some of his personal history growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, including the mentors who encouraged him, and how being dyslexic stoked a fascination with language and a need for creative expression. He will also give insight into his artistic process, from deciding which projects to pursue, to in-depth research, dreaming up ideas, exploring different mediums, progress drawings and paintings, and the joy of seeing the final story come to life.

Book signing to follow

In The Auditorium

Why We Write Middle Grade

May 2, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Middle grade books, for 8 to 12 year olds, can sometimes be unsung and misunderstood, stuck as they are between picture books for young children and YA books for teenagers. So what draws writers to middle grade?

Join panel of authors Jeanne Birdsall, Tony DiTerlizzi, Matt Phelan, and S.S. Taylor as they discuss the joys, choices, and challenges involved in writing for this age group.

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 Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: We Love Picture Books

August 8, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm

(7 PDPs) Program details to be posted by Friday, March 6.

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