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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

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

Chromatic Stamping Display

This spring, when delivering outreach programs inspired by Eric Carle’s process, I was reminded of the magic of stamping on Folia transparent paper. Students marvel at the paper colors, how they can stamp on them to create densely textured collage papers, and how the papers can be cut or torn easily to make a collage. Something that I didn’t get to explore with them is how the paper plays with light, creating shining vibrant colors that mix when layered. I thought about this when planning a Materials Play program for our youngest visitors and their caregivers, thinking about how they could stamp the papers, and we could turn those papers into a display for all guests to enjoy. READ MORE

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day Collaboration

Recently, students from Holyoke Community College’s Curriculum in Early Childhood class worked with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to design a studio project to celebrate Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. Students planned the event, prepared materials, and facilitated art making in the Art Studio. One of those students, Kiara M. Nazario-Cartagena, wrote a reflection on the collaboration, and following is her description of the project: 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

Ariana's Open Book Open Play: Constructing with Color

Recently one of the Art Studio's Summer Interns, Ariana Sarmiento Fielding, designed an Open Book Open Play project for museum guests. She planned the event, prepared the materials, and introduced visitors to the project throughout the day. The following is her description of that process and the day: READ MORE

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