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

Hours

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

 

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Making Art Together

Exploring Unconventional Materials

We love exploring the textures and possibilities of everyday objects! At one of our recent toddler and preschool programs, we experimented with a pleasantly tactile, yet unconventional material: shaving cream. READ MORE

From Sticky Strings to Scribble Sculptures: Our New Toddler Area Installation

It?s that time of year for a change-out of the art within our Toddler Area! To usher in the fall, toddlers created an artwork using red, orange, and yellow yarns during a Materials Play program. It was a collaborative, sticky, sensory experience that solidified into a sculpture that now hangs within the Toddler Area. The artwork was a large-scale version of the works toddlers and their caregivers made during the program. READ MORE

Setting a Space for Inspiration: Materials Play

In planning for the Materials Play Program, we specifically design art experiences with our toddler guests, and their caregivers, in mind. In the past two quarterly sessions, I have been really interested in continuing our thoughts about setting a space for inspiration by re-imagining the back part of our Art Studio for whole body exploration. In other words, I wanted each art experience to be immersive, focusing on limited materials, and tailored to toddler interests. Below is a round-up of the past sessions, I hope it inspires you to re-imagine your spaces based upon your art-maker’s interests! READ MORE

The Lifecycle of a Cardboard Box

Over the past few months we have been experimenting with cardboard boxes and they have provided ongoing inspiration for Art Studio guests and Art Educators alike. We are always fascinated to see how many ways we can use, transform, and interact with one material over time. We just can’t stop exploring cardboard as one idea leads to another! READ MORE

Sticker Play

In The Art Studio, we often experiment with materials that transform a surface. Guests discover with delight the ability of watercolor to wash over a page or the way a beeswax crayon glides across paper. In continuing these experiences, we recently explored the ways in which sticky materials transform a space during our Materials Play program for toddlers and their caregivers. We played with stickers and masking tapes in a contained area (to help with clean-up) that had children and adults alike enjoying the experience. READ MORE

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