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


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


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Upcoming Events

In The Offsite

Create with The Carle! Printmaking for Adults 55 and Older

May 1 - June 12, 2019
$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 Museum

Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tour

May 2, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum admission

The Carle’s collection includes more than 7,000 objects, with a very small percentage on display in the galleries. Join us for a special program that not only includes a guided tour of The Carle’s current exhibitions, but a behind-the-scenes look in Collection Archives.

This special tour is free with Museum admission, but reservations are required and limited to 20 people. Call 413-559-6336 to reserve a spot.

In The Art Studio

Drawing Stories

May 8, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3PDPs) Inspired by the exhibition Out of The Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age, this professional development workshop explores how drawing can be used to develop skills such as storytelling, vocabulary development, and writing. Carle Educators will share their ideas for games, brainstorming techniques, and material prompts that encourage students to tell their own stories through words and images.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Art Studio

How Picture Books Work with illustrator Claudia Rueda

May 13, 2019
10:00am - 4:30pm
$90 (Members $76.50)

Adult workshop, ages 16 and up
How do you sketch a picture book idea? How do you write a story that is told both with words and images? Join picture book author and New York Times bestselling illustrator Claudia Rueda in this intensive six-hour workshop. You’ll explore the most important elements of visual writing and learn how to plan a picture book by using a storyboard and building a picture book dummy.
Please bring a bag lunch.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Meet David Small

May 18, 2019
Free with Museum Admission

Recommended for ages 16 and up

Meet author-illustrator David Small as he talks about his graphic novel, Home After Dark. Small’s first graphic novel since his best-selling and award-winning graphic memoir, Stitches, Home After Dark delves into the impact of adolescence devoid of positive male models and the often-murky moral decisions boys must make at school, around their community, and inside the home. 

David Small, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Stitches, is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, the Christopher Medal, the E. B. White Award, and is a National Book Award Finalist. He and his wife, author Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan.

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

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 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

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk with Peter Sís

June 16, 2019
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

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.

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