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



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

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Youth Outreach

Throughout the year, The Carle’s educators present youth outreach programs in schools, libraries, childcare centers, preschools, and family centers. Grounded in the Museum’s commitment to education through the arts, these outreach programs enhance visual and verbal literacy, support critical and creative thinking, and are designed to ignite the imagination while inspiring the creative process.

Youth outreach programs complement National and Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and are designed for 8-25 participants. Programs can be adapted for any age group, unless otherwise indicated, and last approximately 60-90 minutes.

After reading the information below, please complete the online Youth Outreach Inquiry with your selection.


Building Books (K-12)
This program explores the different ways books are constructed and how their structure helps to tell a story. Using various picture books as models, participants will create their own books that move, tell stories, and have creative bindings. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of book design and problem solving through paper.

Collage and The Art of Eric Carle (K-12)
Take an in-depth look at Eric Carle’s collage process through his picture books and get inspired to create textured papers perfect for storytelling. Using stamps and rubbing plates, participants will make a variety of papers to then transform into a collage. Participants will work on communication and collaboration skills while making the textured paper, then develop their creative-thinking skills when making their individual collages.

Inspired by Nature (K-12)
Curious about the intersections of art and nature? Look no further than this engaging program where participants explore plants, bugs, birds, and more to gain artistic inspiration. In this creative workshop designed to take inspiration from the natural world around us, participants will use nature as a guide to create with, about, and, when possible, in nature. This program will inspire a deeper appreciation for natural materials and encourage participants to explore their surroundings.

Picture Book Explorers (PreK-2)
Designed with our youngest participants in mind, this program seeks to inspire a love of art and books through creative play and self-expression. Children will enjoy an interactive storytime that involves looking, listening, song, and movement - followed by opportunities to play and explore a range of art materials. Connect with a Carle educator to learn more about the various themes offered through this program.  

Printmaking: Energy, Brayers, and Layers (Grades 2-12)
Create images full of energy and color in this hands-on workshop exploring monotype prints. Using a range of printmaking tools to create texture, line, and pattern, we will layer colors as we create our own three color prints. Students will work collaboratively and on their own and will gain an understanding of printing processes and how they relate to picture books.

Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine (K-12)
Designed for the innovators of the future, this workshop encourages participants to notice the properties of everyday materials that are frequently discarded, see them in a new way, and transform them into a work of art. Working both collaboratively and independently, participants will experiment with a variety of found materials. Throughout the process, participants will engage in creative problem-solving to construct their own creations.

DISTANCE LEARNING                 
Educators of early childhood classes are invited to schedule a distance learning program offered through live videoconferencing. Contact to schedule a program. The fee is $130/class.

I See A Story: All About Eric Carle
PreK-Grade 2 students will learn about Eric Carle and how his creative process works. This program includes an interactive storytime and an exploration of the materials Carle uses when he creates his signature collages.


Hoping to have time to talk with one of our educators after the workshop to discuss the planning, preparation, and delivery of programs? Add on a consultation session where a Carle educator can answer questions about the specific materials we use, the inspiration for the projects, or ways to extend the process into your classroom.


Can’t Find What You’re Looking For?
We are happy to talk with you directly to design a new program tailored to you, your audience and/or your curriculum! Tailoring fees may be applied for the time and resources used to create the new program, please email our Program Coordinator at for more information.


Once an outreach reservation form has been submitted, our Program Coordinator will respond to your inquiry with a program fee quote. Fees are calculated based number of programs booked (Half-day – maximum of 2 programs; Full-day – maximum of 4 programs) and travel distance from museum.  

*Any site beyond a four-hour roundtrip from the Museum may be asked to provide overnight accommodations for the outreach educator at their discretion. A per diem rate of $45 may also be applied to cover meals and incidental expenses incurred by the outreach educator. Additional travel costs including but not limited to airfare, train, car service, and tolls are the responsibility of the hosting site.

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