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

Hours

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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

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Making Art Together

Tear, Rip, Shred, Create!

This week, we invite our At Home Art Studio community to experience tearing, ripping, and shredding paper as a creative process. At the museum, we often observe how our youngest visitors are interested in thoroughly exploring materials and their properties. They notice how paper sounds when it is crumpled, how it floats when tossed in the air, and how it feels as it is pulled apart. All of these observations about paper help us discover what makes it an interesting material to use for art making. READ MORE

Exploring Project Cycles through Materials Play

In the Art Studio, we like to think about project cycles or how one experience can lead into the next. For one of the Materials Play programs this fall (a quarterly program series focused on the interests of toddlers and their caregivers), I considered how we could involve participants in the life-cycle of a painted paper display. READ MORE

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

Party Time! Occasions for Creating

What inspires us to create? Recently we’ve been thinking about how we can create occasions for making, and how this making in turn shapes or becomes part of the occasion itself. In order to explore this further, I decided to turn a recent outreach program into a party. READ MORE

Music, Motion, and Marks: Oil Pastels and Long Paintbrushes

On one of our Friday morning sessions of Materials Play this year, we offered a two-phase invitation to create. At our low table, toddlers and preschoolers experimented with chubby oil pastels on large white pieces of paper. When they felt done with the pastels, they brought the paper over to a setup on the floor to play with paint brushes taped to long sticks and black tempera paint while standing. READ MORE

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