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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

Hawken School Early Childhood Training Institute

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting my professional development workshop Making Art With Young Children at Hawken School's annual Early Childhood Training Institute...

Hawken School

I worked with 70 preschool and kindergarten teachers from the Cleveland, Ohio area, sharing The Studio's history, how we give shape to our programs through The Visual Thinking Strategies and what inspiration we take from the educational projects of Reggio Emilia and Pistoia, Italy.

Hawken Early Childhood Training Institute

For our breakout/hands-on session, I challenged the participants to re-imagine and re-purpose some everyday materials. Coffee filters, paper drinking cones, glassine candy bags, and colorful drinking straws were bent, twisted, torn, shredded, cut, folded, stacked and more. Working in teams they got to know their materials by exploring and manipulating them, ultimately creating a collaborative, site-specific composition.

 Hawken Early Childhood Training Institute

My main aim of the day was to present many possibilities for how adults can support children in their research of ideas through materials.

Hawken Early Childhood Institute

My favorite parts of workshops are always the moments between the activities of the day: the one-on-one problem solving conversations I have with educators during breaks, the questions that pop up as we walk from one part of the day to the next. I'm grateful that there were many moments such as this on Wednesday.

The Eric Carle Museum at Haken Early Childhood Institute Paper Cone Fish Scene - Hawken Early Childhood Institute

Hawken, a private preschool through grade 12 school in the Cleveland area, has a beautiful new Reggio-inspired Early Childhood Center. Because they are in the middle of an expansion and summer renovations, I didn't get to see the classrooms fully set up. What I did catch- beautiful, thoughtfully considered details- told me this is a very special learning environment. Many thanks to Mary Beth Hilborn and Gail Holtz for hosting me at Hawken, and to the participating educators for their contributions to a great day! Please come by if you're ever in New England!



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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