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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

Photos from Seriously Silly Weekend

Whimsical wire sculptures, imaginative cardboard buses, silly storytimes, even visits from the real Elephant and Piggie. This weekend, The Carle welcomed families to celebrate Mo Willems, (author and illustrator of popular Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Knuffle Bunny). Many flocked to The Museum to meet the artist and get their books signed, and stayed to enjoy the activities in the Studio, outside, and in the galleries.

I loved seeing the creative outcomes of the bus activity – and the meticulous planning that went into it (one kid spent almost 2 and a half hours on his bus!) . Everyone was so excited to make their own pigeon driving a bus, however quirky the outcome would be. Even more impressive was the giant wall in the back of the studio laden with pigeons of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Here, kids and adults alike were invited to draw their own interpretation of Mo Willems’ “The Pigeon.”  Taking a peek outside, I saw kids lining up for face-paint, and making their own wacky wire sculpture designs (enduring the heat for their art!). Possibly most exciting were the appearances of Elephant and Piggie!

Mo Willems with Elephant&Piggie at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Thanks to EVERYONE who attended The Carle's Seriously Silly Celebration last weekend! Mo Willems will be back on July 13th for more fun, so mark your calendars :)

Thank you to Studio Educator Sarah Johnston for compiling the photos for this post, and to our Summer Intern, Margaret Frothingham for writing the text.



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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