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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002
Hours
  • Tues. – Fri. 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Copyright © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Journey Boxes

May 9 - June 12, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Inspired by the exhibition Paddington Comes to America, use collage to create an artwork that travels!

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Art Classes for Adults 55 and Older: Collage

April 25, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 2, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 9, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 16, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 23, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
May 30, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
June 6, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
June 13, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm

PROGRAM IS FULL. Email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. Click here for information on workshop offerings for adults.

Location: South Hadley Senior Center45 Dayton Street
South Hadley, MA

Teaching Artist: B.Z. Reily
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Enrollment limited to 15
$90 (Members $76.50, South Hadley residents free)

Join us at the South Hadley Senior Center for Create with The Carle!, a program for adults 55 and older. In this eight-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and techniques, from creating textured papers to collage in three dimensions

General registration opens March 12.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.


South Hadley residents: Call 413-559-6307 to reserve your place.

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

In The Art Studio

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Materials Play

May 11, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
May 18, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
May 25, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio.

 


 

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Michelle Cuevas

May 26, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Turtle's shell there's room for only one. But in Turtle's heart, there is room for everyone! Join Berkshire author Michelle Cuevas as she reads from her new book The Town of Turtle. This tale of a lonely turtle who comes out of his shell to find friendship and community celebrates diversity and inclusion.

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 Offsite

Create with The Carle! Art Classes for Adults 55 and Older: Printmaking

April 17, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
April 24, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 1, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 8, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 15, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 22, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
May 29, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
June 5, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

PROGRAM IS FULL. Email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist. Click here for information on workshop offerings for adults.

Location: Applewood at Amherst
1 Spencer Dr, Amherst, MA

Teaching Artist: Joyce Silverstone
Enrollment limited to 12
$90 (Members $76.50)

Join us at Applewood for Create with The Carle!, a program for adults 55 and older. In this eight-week workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of printmaking techniques, from monotype and linocut to printed collage. Taught by Joyce Silverstone, a member and teacher at Zea Mays Printmaking, the class offers students a chance to print with color, create expressive stencil shapes, and experiment with printed lines and collage.

Registration opens March 12.
See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.


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

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon, with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

May 31, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free with Museum Admission. Reservations suggested; call 413-559-6336.

Join Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a gallery talk on the special exhibition A Marriage of Artistry: Leo and Diane Dillon

A book signing with Diane Dillon and light reception will take place in the Great Hall following the program.  

In The Reading Library

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play

June 1, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
June 8, 2018
10:30am - 11:30am
June 15, 2018
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 Auditorium

Multi-Arts presents Time Traveling Stories

June 3, 2018
1:00pm
Free; Museum Admission extra, not required

Join Multi-Arts on a time traveling theatrical adventure! Enjoy discovering the roots of what makes Amherst such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights. 

In this play, meet Angeline Palmer, a brave African-American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Journey to the past to discover the exciting history that made Amherst what it is today.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Mr. Liam

June 9, 2018
11:00am
$5; Museum admission extra, not required

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. Come join us for an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as Mr. Liam plays old favorites and silly parodies!

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

In The Auditorium

Why We Write Middle Grade

June 9, 2018
1:00pm
Free with Museum admission

(1 PDP) Middle grade books, for 8 to 12 year olds, can sometimes be unsung and misunderstood, stuck as they are between picture books for young children and YA books for teenagers. So what draws writers to middle grade? Join panel of authors Jeanne Birdsall, Cammie McGovern, Catherine Newman, Liz Rosenberg, and Lisa Yee as they discuss the joys, choices, and challenges involved in writing for this age group.

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 Museum

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

March 3, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 28, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
June 9, 2018
2:30pm - 3:30pm
July 10, 2018
1:00pm - 1:30pm
August 26, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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 Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Paint Patterns

June 13 - July 17, 2018
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Explore the excitement of weaving pattern and color together with paint!

In The Museum

Open Book, Open Play: Engaging Toddlers and Preschoolers in Storytime

June 15, 2018
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs) Do you ever struggle to keep children focused or attentive during storytime? Explore fun ways to engage toddlers and preschoolers in interactive storytimes and open-ended play. This workshop will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle, and will provide educators with tools for inviting very young children to actively participate in book sharing as well as materials-based imaginative play. This innovative approach to looking, listening, learning, and communicating helps children develop verbal and visual literacy, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.  

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

April 21, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
May 19, 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm
June 16, 2018
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: Time for Textures!

June 17, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

  

 

In The Museum

Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication

June 23, 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Bobbie's Meadow! Named in memory of Eric Carle's wife, Barbara Carle, Bobbie's Meadow welcomes guests to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by nature. 

In addition to timed events below, ongoing films and an outdoor scavenger hunt inspired by the forthcoming Eric Carle & Friends book, What’s Your Favorite Bug?, complete this day of family fun. 

SCHEDULE

10:00 - 11:00 am
Bobbie's Meadow Dedication and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Join Eric Carle and The Carle staff for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for our new outdoor space, Bobbie’s Meadow. Bobbie’s Meadow is named in memory of the late Barbara “Bobbie” Carle—Museum co-founder, founding board chair, and Eric Carle’s dear wife. We welcome all to attend this special event with music from The Expandable Brass Band.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet Some Meadow Animal Friends (Art Studio)
Join Ted Watt, Naturalist from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, to meet some animals up close that might be found in Bobbie’s Meadow.  Ted will share some of the fascinating details of their lives.  And those who want to will be able to hold or touch some insects and other creatures! Program for ages 4 and up. Space is limited. Sign up in the Art Studio!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Little Cloud  Storytime and Creative Movement with The Center Dance Studio (Bobbie’s Meadow)
Join The Center Dance Studio for creative movement and narrative dance inspired by Eric Carle’s book, Little Cloud. Bring your imagination and your dancing feet! Recommended for children ages 3 and up. Caregiver participation welcome.

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Art in Bobbie’s Meadow
Drop-in and explore art outdoors and alongside local artists. All materials will be provided, find a sunny spot and sketch away!

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Exploring in Bobbie’s Meadow
Join Ted Watt, Naturalist from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment,  to see what creatures we might discover in Bobbie’s Meadow!  We will have insect nets and observation boxes and cages to house our catches temporarily before we let them go.  We’ll observe the animals and learn about their lives. Suggested for ages 4 and up.

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Special Storytime with Brendan Wenzel (Bobbie’s Meadow)
In Hello Hello, Caldecott Honor-winner Brendan Wenzel introduces readers to a chain of animals linked together by common traits. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities.

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 Art Studio

Full Day Program: Picture Book Superheroes

June 27, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Ages 5-10
In this workshop we will use our powers to develop secret identities and create our own original superhero characters. Participants will have a chance to work with a variety of materials to create costumes, props, settings, and whatever else their adventures demand. The workshop will finish with a performance to share – all in a day’s work!

See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature

July 10, 2018
8:30am - 5:00pm
$130 (Members $110.50)

(7 PDPs) In a 1990 article “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors,” Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, introduced the metaphor of mirrors, windows, and doors. Children’s books, she argued, need to reflect readers’ identities and they need to open their eyes to the world beyond their lived experience. Join educators throughout the region for a one-day workshop exploring diversity and inclusion in children’s books and how we, as educators, can provide “mirrors and windows” for children and students.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday at The Carle!

August 3, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE Admission

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, music, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Jessie Sima, and Jeff Mack!
(Check back soon for full event schedule.)

Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

In The Art Studio

SAVE THE DATE! Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

(30 PDPs) Join us for a unique opportunity to visit and study the early childhood centers of the city of Pistoia, Italy and learn about Pistoia’s internationally-renowned early childhood education.

The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools’ history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; see a wide variety of documentation; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational.

Check back soon for full schedule and how to register.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia.

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