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

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  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Storytelling and Drawing with Light

Ryan Murray from Guest Services at The Carle has been noticing guests create in the galleries this spring and wrote a blog post to share with us. Read more to see what has been happening in the galleries!

Our recent 15th anniversary exhibit, Treasures from the Collection: A Fifteen Year Celebration, held numerous stories. For our interactive part of the exhibition, Let’s Tell A Story, we invited guests to create one of their own.

Using colored pencils, crayons and notecards, they could write words or draw pictures prompted by basic storybook phrases such as “Once upon a time, there was a…”

In addition, there was an option to create a “wild card” which could go under any prompt.

If someone drew a dragon, could that card become “Once upon a time, there was a dragon”? Or “In search of a dragon”? Guests could also rearrange existing cards to create something really wacky!

In The Art of Eric Carle: Night, guests created images through the use of light.

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Our exhibition team created light tables with pegboard on top for guests to play with. People placed the different colored pegs in the holes, allowing light to shine through in different colors and patterns, resembling stars of the night sky.

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

They could also press their hands against a panel which would leave imprints known as “moon shadows”. This was a great sensory experience that was a big hit among guests of all ages!

Photograph by Jim Gipe/Pivot Media. © The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

We look forward to more interactive opportunities in our new exhibit The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons, which will be on view through August 26th!

 

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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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