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


  • 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

Call For Caterpillars

Did you know about The Carle's Call For Caterpillars?  We are having a special contest to celebrate Eric Carle's beloved caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  You are invited to create a 3-dimensional caterpillar using any found materials and send us a picture of your caterpillar.

You may send us the pictures by email at: Or you may send a CD of pictures to us by mail at:  Call For Caterpillars, The Carle, 125 West Bay Road Amherst, MA 01002 I have enjoyed seeing all the entries as they come in and wanted to share some of the creative caterpillar pictures that we have already received. Three entries will be chosen at random at the Museum’s Children’s Book Festival on June 8, 2013 and will receive an original doodle by Eric Carle!


The first Caterpillar in my post was a group effort from Amanda Schloemer's class in Red Hook, NY and you can see the artwork in progress in the above photo.  Her students made their caterpillar out of 260 toilet paper rolls and 22 paper towel rolls! The entire school helped make this caterpillar by donating rolls from home or rolls they found in the school bathrooms.

These next four Caterpillars are just a few that we received from Lori St. Pierre's class at Belchertown High School. The students did such a great job making whimsical caterpillars with such a variety of found materials.  Each caterpillar really has a personality of its own.


Alice Langolis


Tyler Hubbard


 Megan Cristina


Samantha Jorgenson

We also received another amazing group effort entry from Keya Hunt's Lil' Peeps Playschool students in Shaftsbury, VT. This is one long caterpillar and it is hung so beautifully in the classroom so that it can be enjoyed from all sides.


Dorothy Karlin is a Children’s Librarian at the Worcester Public Library and she sent in many creative caterpillars that were made at the library.  I enjoy seeing all the different textures and colorful materials that the artists used to make their unique sculptures.  Here are just a few of the fun entries that came from the library.


Rachel Monserrate


 Theresa Morken


Zavian Black


Dylan Shepard

We enjoyed seeing this next entry because it was made right in The Carle with our stools. Creative twins, Tilly and Lola Mullen Colaizzi, came up with this idea on their own during their visit to The Studio.  We never thought of using our stools to make a sculpture!


We hope you can participate in our contest.  Our Call For Caterpillars ends on May 31, 2013 so please send in your caterpillar pictures soon!    



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. 



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