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

Hours

  • Tue- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

 

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In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Transforming Tissue Paper

April 24 - May 28, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the exhibition Eric Carle Makes a Book and create your own tissue paper collage. 

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Printmaking for Adults 55 and Older

May 1 - June 12, 2019
10:00am
$60 (Members $51)

Location: South Hadley Senior Center
Teaching Artist: Joyce Silverstone
Seven Wednesdays from May 1 – June 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Enrollment limited to 15

Bookings open to South Hadley Monday, April 8
General Bookings open Monday, April 15

Join us at South Hadley Senior Center for Create with The Carle! In this seven-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore printmaking techniques that don't require a press. Participants will create multiple prints, using hand-pressure and carving tools to learn basic techniques including transfer drawing, linocut, and printing for collage additions. One of the workshop sessions will involve a visit to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to view original works of art behind the scenes with museum staff.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

The Invisible Art of Children’s Book Design with Carol Goldenberg

May 25, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Many people express surprise when told that all books, including those for children, are designed. Yet this is an appropriate response, as book design and typography are at their most successful when not immediately apparent to the reader. Award-winning book designer Carol Goldenberg likes to call this “invisible art.”  Using examples from a long career designing many Caldecott-winning picture books for children, Goldenberg will take participants through the complex process of designing a book, from manuscript to the printed edition. 

Carol Goldenberg designed five Caldecott Medal picture books and two Caldecott Honor books. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has a freelance book design business in Newton, MA. 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

May 26, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project! 

In The Art Studio

Everyday Art Program: Painting in Three Dimensions!

May 29 - July 2, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Create your own 3-D painting by adding color and texture to everyday materials. 

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 7, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
June 28, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
June 21, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime in the Reading Library, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

 

In The Art Studio

Make a Book!

June 11, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this evening workshop to create your own hand-made sketchbook, notebook, or journal using found, hand-painted, and recycled papers. Learn how to bind and cover books using the signature stitch and stab binding technique.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

June 15, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Museum

Members' Opening Reception: The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís

June 15, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free to Members

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter and Peter Sís discussing his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain, his experience seeking asylum in America, and his love of picture books.

Members RSVP by Monday, June 10 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org. Peter Sís, Illustration for Robinson (Scholastic Press). Collection of the artist. © 2017 Peter Sís.
Courtesy of Scholastic Inc.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Peter Sís

June 16, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join award-winning artist Peter Sís for a gallery talk in his exhibition The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sís. A book signing will follow the program.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. 

Peter Sís, Flying Man, tapestry design honoring Czech Republic President Václav Havel commissioned by Václav Havel Airport Prague, 2011. Collection of the artist. © Peter Sís.

In The Museum

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

June 21, 2019
9:30am - 1:30pm
$50 (Members $42.50)

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts. Instructor: Courtney Waring

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents Mr. Liam & Friends

June 22, 2019
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra. Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Mr. Liam & Friends present an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as he plays old favorites and silly parodies!  Mr. Liam (Liam Hurley) is proud to make the Pioneer Valley his new home after many years in NYC. He is one half of the popular kids’ music duo The Big Littles and the former drummer for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band.  

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

June 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project! 

In The Museum

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 1, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
July 8, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
July 15, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
July 22, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
July 29, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
August 5, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
August 12, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
August 19, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
August 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission; advance signup required

Mondays in July and August
Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading. 

Reservations required; call 413-559-6307 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Collagimals

July 3 - August 6, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Be inspired by illustrated animals through the museum, and create your own collage creatures in the Art Studio.

In The Museum

Made in the Shade Storytime

July 5, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
July 12, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
July 19, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
July 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
August 2, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
August 9, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
August 16, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
August 23, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
August 30, 2019
10:30am - 11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Fridays in July and August
Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive storytime under the apple trees. Blankets provided, snacks welcome!

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Creative Writing for Adults 55 and Over

July 9, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 16, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 23, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
July 30, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 6, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 13, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
August 20, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Location: Applewood, Amherst, MA
Teaching Artist: Ellen Doré Watson
Enrollment limited to 12

Explore your creativity by joining this writing workshop for adults 55 and over. Led by poet Ellen Doré Watson, this seven-week course will introduce participants to a range of prompts, forms, and techniques designed to inspire writing across genres. The class will include a visit to The Carle and culminate in a publication of participants’ work.

Registration opens May 13 for Applewood residents.
General registration opens May 27.


Create with The Carle! is presented in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies
in order to support the development and expansion of Vitality Arts programming.


See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle!

July 19, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Micha Archer and David Bucs!
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

July 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

In The Auditorium

Stonewall: Writing and Illustrating LGBTQIA+ History

July 20, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph will read and discuss their book Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. The lively discussion will focus on the research that goes into both the text and illustrations of a nonfiction picture book, the discoveries Sanders and Christoph made in the research process, and the significance of this, the first picture book about the Stonewall Uprising. Q&A from the audience and a book signing with the author and illustrator will follow.
Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

July 20, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Auditorium

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert

July 25, 2019
11:00am
Free with Museum Admission

Classical music touches the heart and inspires the imagination. Join us for a "just-right" concert performed by kids for kids as the amazing musicians from Lyra Music Workshop's Young Artist Program present classical solo and chamber works.

Hear how these young musicians bring their instruments to life and join us after the concert for some hands-on fun, as Lyra Music and Stamell Stringed Instruments welcome you to their Instrument Petting Zoo! Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold a violin or play a cello? Our concert will be followed by a chance to get up-close with the instruments of the classical string family through guided exploration with Stamell String mentors.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

July 28, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project!

In The Art Studio

Creative Lettering

July 30, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

Adult Workshop, 16+
Join The Carle’s Art Educators for an evening of exploring creative lettering! Experiment with making letters in many different ways from sculptural forms to large-scale brushwork. We’ll share some of our favorite ways to play with letterforms.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

August 6, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Mural Prints

August 7 - September 10, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the public art of Peter Sís, explore stencils, shapes, and color, and contribute to a large-scale collaborative mural.

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: Making Room for Mindfulness

August 8, 2019
8:30am - 5:00pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) Re-discover the joys of teaching during an all-day mindfulness workshop that promotes responsiveness, awareness, stress management, and overall well-being. Keynote Speaker: Lesley Koplow, Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College of Education

Check back soon for full Program Schedule and Registration information.

 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla

August 11, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

August 17, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 18, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project!

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: The Art Aquarium

September 11 - October 29, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

This month the Art Studio is an aquarium! Help us populate it with creatures of the sea.

In The Museum

Moon Festival Celebration

September 12, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Join author/artist Grace Lin and author Heidi E.Y. Stemple in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with art projects, stories, and mooncakes!

In The Museum

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children's Literature at the Carle

September 21, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College. To learn more about the information sessions, email childrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Click here for more information.

 

In The Museum

The Carle Celebrates Museum Day Live!

September 21, 2019
All day
FREE Admission for two with downloaded ticket

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! downloaded ticket provides free admission for two. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

In The Auditorium

Walls and Bridges, with Peter Sís

September 21, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

In his acceptance speech upon winning the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, Peter Sís describes books as “my home, my language, my country.” Join Sís as he shares stories of his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain and his love of picture books as “bridges taking you places.”

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

September 21, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
$10 Adult / $5 Youth (Members: $9 Adult / $4.50 Youth)

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

September 22, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Join us in the Art Studio to explore new materials and try a different project!

In The Offsite

The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala

September 26, 2019
5:00pm

Please join us for the fourteenth annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala and Art Auction on Thursday, September 26 at Guastavino's in New York. We will honor Artist, Melissa Sweet; Angel, REFORMA represented by Kenny Garcia; Bridge, Chihiro Art Museum, represented by Takeshi Matsumoto; and Mentor, David Saylor. Awards will be presented by Newbery-honor author and Caldecott-honor artist Grace Lin and venerable book editor Alvina Ling. More than twenty of the industry's leading illustrators have donated artworks for the Art Auction.

Click here for more information or contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at rebeccag@carlemuseum.org or 413-559-6308.

Butterfly from THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle.

 

In The Museum

Sylvester’s Magic Pebble Picnic

September 26, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Pack a snack and a blanket and join us for an evening picnic in Bobbie’s Meadow. Guests will enjoy a post-sunset outdoor screening of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Breanna J. McDaniel

September 28, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum admission

 We begin small, but we grow big. Together we are mighty. High fives all around, hands up!

Join author and scholar Breanna J. McDaniel as she reads Hands Up!, her triumphant debut picture book recasting a charged phrase as part of a black girl’s everyday life–hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five–before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march. This interactive storytime will also include opportunities to move, sing, dance, and ask questions.
Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

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