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


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  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Making Art Together

A Year (almost) in Pictures

Team members and guests have been sharing photographs and drawings of what they observe in Bobbie’s Meadow since April of this year. So we created a visual collection of these images on the Art Studio bulletin board, a calendar showing the change of seasons in the meadow.

Here is an up-close look at some of the images from our year in the meadow so far.


4/21/2019: Leaves emerge on the apple trees outside of the Art Studio.


5/8/2019: Flowers on the apple trees blossom and are visited by pollinators like this bumble bee.

5/22/2019: Watercolor by a school program participant, made after a nature walk in Bobbie’s Meadow.

5/31/2019: Meadow observation and drawing by Art Studio team member, Dallas Looman.


6/27/2019: Grasses grow tall and more flowers bloom.

6/30/2019: Animals find food in the meadow, like this squirrel eating rye grass. 


7/6/2019: The meadow brings animals close to the Art Studio, this banded tussock moth visited our windows.

7/11/2019: This eastern bluebird caught a dragonfly in the meadow.

7/15/2019: Meadow observation and drawing by Art Studio guest.

7/11/2019: A monarch butterfly feeding on swamp milkweed in the meadow. Inside the circled area there is a monarch caterpillar. We were excited to see two different stages of the monarch on the same plant!


8/1/2019: The meadow has many different kinds of flowers in bloom, such as this purple coneflower and ox-eye.

8/15/2019: Map of Bobbie’s Meadow by Art Studio guest.


9/13/2019: Apples ripen in the orchard.

9/20/2019: A red-tailed hawk visits the meadow and catches insects in the lawn outside the Art Studio.


10/2/2019: Late season flowers, like this New England aster, are in bloom.

10/1/2019: Participants in the Art Studio's Nature Prints workshop, with teaching artist Kelsey Pomeroy Murphy, use materials collected from the meadow and gardens to create detailed images of leaves, grasses, and seeds.

10/2/2019: Apples decompose under the trees, while mushrooms grow.

10/15/2019: The maple trees at the edge of the meadow turn bright yellow and orange.


11/9/2019: Frost covers the ground in the morning. While we see fewer animals, we find evidence that they are here, this hole was probably made by a meadow vole.

11/12/2019: The days are shorter, and we see more sunsets from the Art Studio. The leaves have fallen off the trees so the branches are silhouetted against the evening sky.


12/1/2019: On the first day of December, we have the first ground-covering snowfall.

12/3/2019: Two days after the snow starts, the meadow and orchard are transformed.

12/3/2019: Dried stalks collect the snow in interesting ways.

12/5/2019: The sun comes out and we find deer tracks.

We will continue to be inspired by Bobbie’s Meadow. Together with those who work in and visit the Art Studio, we will share photography, drawings, poetry and installations. We look forward to starting the annual cycle again and seeing what changes this year brings.

by Meg Nicoll

This entry was posted on Monday, December 30th, 2019 at 10:20 am and is filed under By Meg Nicoll, Displays & Window Shades, Drawing, Nature, Printmaking. 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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