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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

Summer Programs at The Carle: Animals, Art and the Imagination

In celebration of the recently released book, What’s Your Favorite Animal, Diana and I are excited to introduce new things into our full-day week-long summer programs happening July 7th-11th and July 14th-18th, 2014.

pictures from Animals, Art and The Imagination

In both of our one-week programs, Cindy, from Animal Show on the Go, will introduce special rescued pets, and Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will bring a trained reading-buddy dog for the students to meet.

We're also excited to have David Hyde Costello, Author and Illustrator of Little Pig Joins the Band, I Can Help, and Here They Come as our guest artist this year.

Our guests, along with fun activities centering around the original art from What's Your Favorite Animal, and discussions about great picture books will spark our imaginations for art-making in 2-D and 3-D materials. 

students walking near The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Each day we'll take walks to picnic in the surrounding apple orchard or Hampshire College Campus. Also new this year is a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle’s Collections Department to learn how art exhibitions are made. On the last day, students will collaborate on an exhibit of their art from the week and host a reception for their families. 

kids with found materials masks

Diana and I will arrange each weeks’ activities and guests to provide the right balance of choice, variety, independence, and collaboration within a predictable schedule, so there's no reason not to sign up for both! The fee is $300 ($255 for Museum members) per week. Advance registration through our shop page is required, please note deadline is June 27, 2014.

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Pictures from Animals, Art and the Imagination at The Eric Carle Museum



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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