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


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Making Art Together

New Professional Development Workshop - Beyond Books: Art Inspired by Eric Carle

Four Easy Pieces © 2011 by Eric Carle

Hello educators! I'm really eager to tell you about a new Professional Development workshop I'm developing as a companion to the Museum's exciting exhibition: Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle.*  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle is primarily known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and over 70 picture books done in his colorful collage technique. This exhibition, dedicated to what Eric himself calls his “ArtArt:” paintings, sculptures, and personal sketches that he has been making privately for more than 60 years, offers a view into another side of Eric's life and work.  

Porcupine Metal Sculpture by Eric Carle

© 2000 by Eric Carle




Having heard from Eric about the motivation and process behind his "ArtArt," I began to think more and more about the relationship between work and play and where the two merge with children and materials. This relationship is one we try to cultivate through much of what we do here, so this exhibition provides a great opportunity to share our ideas and experiences!

© 2011 by Motoko Inoue

In the workshop on January 26th 2013, we'll get our hands messy painting a variety of surfaces such as paper, vinyl, and cardboard. Then we'll view the exhibition and a video of Eric reflecting on his independent art together. After, we'll sculpt our painted surfaces into window hangings, mobiles, and more as we discuss Eric’s inspirations as an artist. Participants will leave with ideas for the classroom and an understanding of how his creative process might inspire students to think “off the page.” Educators will receive 4 PDPs, but you don't have to be an educator to participate. All participants receive a 10% discount in our Shop on the day of the program.

Professional Development Workshop at The Art Studio at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Here is the essential info again: Beyond Books: Art Inspired by Eric Carle (4 PDPs) January 26, 2013. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm $50 (Members $45) Registration is required. I hope you can join us! If not, learn how this or other programs can come to you, here. Learn more about Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle, in the West Gallery through February 24, 3013, here. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Peter and Helen Bing.



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 Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 8:30 am and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Collage, Drawing, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Mixed Media, Painting, Preschool, Professional Development. 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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