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

Hours

  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Weave, Fold, Thread, Tie!

This week, we explored ways to attach materials together without using adhesives. We experimented with weaving, folding, threading, and tying to create our art. Working without glue or tape can sometimes take a bit more problem-solving and time, but it can also lead to creative solutions, as well as interesting patterns, shapes, and textures. Check out all the different ways the Art Studio team responded to this idea! READ MORE

Reflect, Refract, Reimagine!

This week in our At Home Art Studios, we were inspired to explore materials and how they interact with light. Sourcing materials from around the home, we noticed that some let the light through, others block light, and some materials even bounce light around. When held up to a light source, the appearance of the materials changed, and the view of the world around us was transformed. In this post, we will share some of the ways we created art that captures, changes, and celebrates light. READ MORE

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

Books with Surprises

This week, we invite our At Home Art Studio community to explore bookmaking and art with surprises. We often make books in the Art Studio as a way to encourage storytelling. Books can be filled with all sorts of drawings and illustrations, and there are countless ways of making them. Design elements like die-cuts and lift flaps add elements of surprise and make artwork interactive for others to enjoy. Below you’ll find how the team explored making their own stories and surprises, we look forward to seeing what you make! READ MORE

Texture and Shape Scavenger Hunt

This week, we invite the At Home Art Studio community to join us on texture and shape scavenger hunts within our homes! We had lots of fun looking for shapes and textures, and encountered surprises along the way. By recording what we found with paper and available drawing tools such as pens, pencils, or crayons, we started noticing interesting patterns. These textures can also lead to lots of other projects, from doodle games to a collage paper collection. Below are the results of our team’s shape and texture scavenger hunts. READ MORE

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