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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

Every Day Art Program: Take Flight: Sculptures that Soar

December 11 - February 12, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

 Inspired by the exhibition Illustrated Owls, experiment with a range of paper found materials to make your own sculpture that floats in the sky.
 

 

In The Museum

Night Owls PJ Party

December 27, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$5 per child (Members Free)

Hoot! Hoot! Explore the Museum—and our special exhibition Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Vault—under the cover of night! In addition to night-themed art projects, storytimes, and films, guests will enjoy an evening snack of milk and cookies.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admission desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

Antonio Frasconi, Illustration for If The Owl Calls Again: A Collection of Owl Poems (Margaret K. McElderry Books). Gift of the Frasconi Family. © 1990 Antonio Frasconi. Walter Harrison Cady, untitled, n.d. Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel.

 

In The Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents: The Bremen Town Musicians

December 28, 2018
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6 (Members $5.50)

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

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

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents: Top Bananas!

December 29, 2018
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

A fantasy-filled performance of visual and musical delights, featuring a puppet that morphs, a snake that sings, a saw that plays music, tap-dancing, new and old songs and an abundance of silly shenanigans. Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Weber, Maizy Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan.

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

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Josh Funk

December 29, 2018
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Mission Defrostable, our favorite breakfast food friends are back and “bready” for their next adventure! There’s a frost in the fridge—and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one dough man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle! Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food? Join author Josh Funk for the third installment in his hilarious Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

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

Special Sundays in the Studio: Paper Patterns

January 13, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Museum

Across the Curriculum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

January 18, 2019
9:30am - 1:30pm
$50 ($42.50 Members)

(4 PDPs) 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Join Carle educators and their colleagues from The Museum of Science, Boston as they share how this iconic text can be utilized across the curriculum, from creative writing prompts and book-making to butterfly identification and scientific, observational drawing. The workshop will include a tour of The Carle’s special exhibition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The East Gallery

Our Voices: Sharing Stories of Family and Kindness

January 19, 2019
11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Come join Onawumi Jean Moss, the soulful storyteller, as she reads from picture books highlighted in the special exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.

In The Auditorium

Happier Family Comedy Show

January 19, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
February 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
March 16, 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

Experiments in Paper Marbling

January 24, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
$25 (Members $21.25)

(Snow Date: Thursday, January 31)
Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join The Carle’s Art Educators in this evening workshop and experiment with easy-to-find materials such as dish soap, shaving cream and paint to create your own highly patterned and colorful marbled papers! This workshop will provide you with the all materials and guidance you need to walk away with papers perfect for your next creative project or homemade gift.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

First Book Friendiversary!

January 26, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
FREE

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last)! To learn more about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org. Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

In the event of snow, please call 413-559-6300 for cancellation news.

In The Art Studio

Materials Play

February 1, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
February 8, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
February 15, 2019
11:00am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with materials selected especially for young explorers in the Art Studio. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

 

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception: Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

February 9, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Presentation with Guest Curator Leonard S. Marcus and Out of the Box artists
Members RSVP by Monday, February 4 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or jennys@carlemuseum.org.

In The East Gallery

Members Gallery Talk: Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age

February 10, 2019
11:00am

Hear Out of the Box artists discuss their exhibited works.
Members RSVP to 413-559-6336 or info@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Look! It’s a Book!

February 10, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Auditorium

Thinking Out of the Box

February 10, 2019
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Meet artists from Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age in a fun Q&A format.
Reservations are required; visit carlemuseum.org for information.

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

Every Day Art Program: Pens, Panels, and Paint

February 13 - March 19, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Tell stories across multiple panels using watercolor pencils and draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.

In The Museum

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

February 18, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 19, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 21, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
February 22, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume will be taking pictures with friends until 2:30 pm, followed by a Wiggle Dance Party in the Great Hall. Bring your dancing shoes!

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Adam Gudeon

February 19, 2019
10:30am
Free with Museum Admission

In Adam Gudeon’s Peeper and Zeep, two accidental friends use innovation, trial and error, and some help from an unusual acquaintance to find their way home again. Through it all, Peeper the bird and Zeep the alien learn the meaning of friendship and family.

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

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Treehouse Adventure

February 20, 2019
11:00am and 1:30pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50)

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

In The Art Studio

Drawing for the Terrified!

February 25, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
$60 (Members $51)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
Join artist B.Z. Reily in this friendly workshop designed to get pencil to paper. Take inspiration from the exhibition, Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Have fun with drawing and pick up tips and skills along the way.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime with Lesléa Newman

March 2, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.

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

October 21, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
December 13, 2018
3:30pm - 4:30pm
March 3, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 13, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

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 Offsite

Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 10 - March 15, 2019
All day

PROGRAM IS FULL.
Please email programs@carlemuseum.org to be added to the waitlist.

(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.

Study Tour Information (including cost and registration details)

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

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Under Construction: Collage Sculptures

March 20 - April 23, 2019
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Cut, attach, and build your own colorful sculptures inspired by the art of Eric Carle.

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

March 22, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
$55 (Members $46.75)

(3 PDPs) Learn about The Whole Book Approach and discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. Participants will explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences. Registration includes a copy of Reading Picture Books with Children by Megan Dowd Lambert.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm
Free to Members

First Seating – 9:30 am
Second Seating – 10:30 am
This event is free to Members, but space is limited.
Reserve now at membership@carlemuseum.org.

Enjoy homemade pancakes in The Carle Café, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio, and a special storytime and film in the Auditorium. Plus, there will be a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar and receive an exclusive Member gift!

In The Museum

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

March 24, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the Caterpillar's special day at The Carle! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunt, films, storytimes, and a visit from the Caterpillar Lab!

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Caterpillar Art

March 24, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

 

 

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center presents In The Nick of Time

March 30, 2019
11:00am
$5 Museum Admission extra, not required

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

In The Auditorium

The 9th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture

April 13, 2019
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Speaker: Neal Porter, Vice President and Publisher, Neal Porter Books

 

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