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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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Artist Michael Albert's Visit to The Carle

New York-based artist Michael Albert makes collages from cereal boxes and just published his first book, An Artist's America. Last Saturday he visited The Carle.

Starting the afternoon in the Reading Library, Michael shared how he became an artist, how he makes his art, and read from his book.

After, guests followed him to the studio to try their hand at creating their own cereal box collages with encouragement and suggestions from the artist himself.


Guests were really inspired by Michael's desire to make something beautiful, interesting and potentially great from what would otherwise sit in a landfill. I was struck with how the activity got kids and adults alike to look really carefully at something they might otherwise take for granted.

People worked individually and with friends or family to find all the letters in their name, or just create interesting compositions out of the colors and shapes found in discarded packaging. I'm sure many of the families who participated will be making cereal box collages for weeks to come.

Michael was very generous to offer postcards and bookmarks to any guest at the museum that day, and he even let each person who participated in the studio workshop choose a poster of his work to have signed and take home.


If you missed seeing Michael at The Carle, you can learn about his other upcoming appearances on his website.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Meghan Burch

This entry was posted on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 9:00 am and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Special Events, Elementary School, Found Materials, High School, Middle School, Special Guests and Artist Visits. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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