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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

In Our Resource Center - The Artful Parent

Have you found your way to The Artful Parent Yet? Only a few months ago I found it via Tinkerlab.  Not long after becoming a follower, I learned that Jean Van't Hul, the blog's author had a book to be imminently released. The Artful Parent: Simple ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity is now on bookshelves and is well worth a read!

Being already firmly rooted in the 'process over product' camp when it comes to approaching artmaking with kids, I ordered the book out of curiosity. I wondered weather it would reveal something new or end up at the bottom of a pile of books I had high hopes for but probably won't read. Since I didn't yet know her approach well enough before reading her book, I didn't know what to expect. To my surprise, Van't Hul found a friendly and approachable way to ignite new excitement about what I already believe.  After reading the book I felt encouraged as a parent in my effort to fill my own family's life with art and creativity.  Though only a few of her project ideas in the book felt a little new to me, I found myself getting excited about ideas I could try in my home and at work right away. As an educator, I wouldn't always choose the same brands or types of materials as she recommends for all the contexts in which I work, but her recommendations are really practical for young children and for home use. In fact, I recently used her recommendations from this list to help me select a few new materials for my 2 yr. old to use in my white-walled home.  Fingerpaint (which ends up being all over-paint) is a favorite at my house!

fingerpainted feet

And, I'm quite happy that I accidentally ordered 2 copies. One has been living right on my dining room credenza where I keep our child-friendly art making supplies, ready for when I need a quick idea for after naptime. The other rarely sits for long on my desk in the studio. Its always either in the hands of Margaret, our intern who has been running our Friday Morning Materials Play time for toddlers, or being shown to a teacher visiting the Museum. The Artful Parent

I'm not getting anything for endorsing this book. As an educator and parent of young children, I'm excited to say I've found a book that I'll be referencing for a long time to come. If you're stopping by the studio, I'd be happy to show you our copy. If you want your own, The Carle Bookshop will be carrying them 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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