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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002



  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Making Art Together

How Young Children Draw People III

Last week, my friend came over with her 33 and 3 month old daughters. "Will you draw baby 'S'?" Asked 33 month old 'A' as she handed me a piece of paper and a green crayon. I'm not one to draw for children, but I wanted to accept her invitation to create something together. "Okay," I said as I took the crayon. "What part of her should we draw first?" "The head," she replied. "What shape is the head?" I asked. "Circle." I'm a lefty, but I drew a circle-ish shape on the paper with my right hand. READ MORE

Animals, Art and the Imagination

Its hard to believe the summer is nearly over. For the Studio, the season goes out with a bang in our annual four-day program Animals, Art and the Imagination. This year's program concluded yesterday, so we need a few days to process some of the significant moments, but I couldn't start the weekend without sharing a few images from the week: Each day started at The Carle where we looked at and talked about art, . . . (The newly installed Imaginary Garden by Leo Lionni pictured here) READ MORE

How Young Children Draw People II

I have a 4 month old at home, so I'm experiencing up close and personally how engaged babies are with faces, especially human faces. My baby is constantly reaching for and touching the face of whomever is holding her. Its no surprise to me then, that "With rare exceptions, children draw people before they draw animals, houses, vehicles, or vegetation... (Rhoda Kellogg,

Young Children's Drawings of People Part I

Since we're focusing on portraiture in the studio for the next month, I'm going to devote my next few posts to how young children represent people. As an artist and educator, I've been really interested in the mark-makings of very young children ever since the studio was gifted Rhoda Kellogg's


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