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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

Visiting Illustrator Melissa Sweet

This past Sunday afternoon, author and illustrator, Melissa Sweet came to The Carle talk about her newest books, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin and Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s ParadeMelissa Sweet at The Eric Carle Museum

In addition to giving a color-mixing watercolor demonstration, Melissa had the great idea to offer a mini kite workshop to celebrate spring! easy kites at The Eric Carle Museum

Guests decorated colorful pieces of crepe paper, and after a few simple steps, many kites flew wildly on the patio and in the apple orchard. Fortunately, most of the snow from last week's storm melted, the sun was shining and there was a nice steady breeze to guide the kites through the air.

easy kites at The Eric Carle Museum

We used the super easy kite tutorial from the blog Better in Bulk. Click here for the kite directions that worked like a charm.  We added the streamer tail with construction flag tape and colorful plastic bags for some extra pizazz to the kite's simple design. easy kites at The Eric Carle Museum easy kites at The Eric Carle Museum

After the kite workshop, guests gathered in the Reading Library to hear Melissa discuss her process, read her books, and even do some facial expression sketching exercises in mini sketchbooks. Melissa told us that for her newest book, A Splash of Red, in addition to working with watercolor and collage, she carved and painted pieces of wood to include in one of the illustrations of Horace's paint brushes and pencils, how cool! Melissa Sweet at The Eric Carle Museum

Below is a large pop-up Melissa made from old posters attached to a folded piece of cardboard. She encouraged everyone to use materials around their own homes to make their own towns, jungles, or underwater habitats.

Melissa, thanks for such a special day!

Melissa Sweet at The Eric Carle Museum

For more information about Melissa Sweet visit her website For more information about her newest book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, including videos, articles and educator resources, visit



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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