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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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Thinking with Found Materials Workshop

Diana's post about the found materials caterpillars reminded me that I didn't yet share pictures from Thinking with Found Materials, a workshop for educators I lead in February. In the workshop we discussed ways ways to collect, store, and offer found materials to encourage creative expression and support learning in the preschool through early elementary classroom and at home.

Thinking with Found Materials Workshop

A great deal of the time was spent observing, discussing, organizing and creating in small groups. Each group imagined and constructed a neighborhood that became a part of the larger group's Found Materials City.

Thinking with Found Materials Workshop

The next session of Thinking with Found Materials is scheduled for August 3rd. Consider sending in your registration now - the last session filled with a wait list! If that date doesn't work for you, you could always get your own group of 10-16 educators and or parents together and pick your own date or be on the lookout for future sessions. You can learn about other Professional Development opportunities at The Carle here. Here's the essential info again: Thinking with Found Materials (4 PDPs) Friday, August 3, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, $50 (Members $40)

Thinking with Found Materials Workshop    



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 Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 10:46 am and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Collage, Elementary School, Found Materials, Middle School, Mixed Media, 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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