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

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  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Diana MacKenzie

Summer Stamps

Summer can mean so many colorful things: blue skies, green grass, purple wildflowers, turquoise water, green leaves and blueberries. We are celebrating the coolest colors of summer with this stamping activity!

Staining Paper with Natural Dyes

If you've ever spilled cranberry juice on your shirt, or tried scrubbing grass stains out of your jeans, then you know that natural dyes can leave a lasting, colorful mark on surfaces. READ MORE

Nothing But Nonsense

Just how silly you can be? For the Studio's recent art activity, we are making black paper collages that could belong in Eric Carle?s new book, The Nonsense Show, with drawing tools and nonsensical clip art pictures.

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Marvelous Mosaics

A mosaic is sort of like a puzzle: several smaller pieces, or tiles glued together to make one larger image. For a recent Every Day Art activity, guests created colorful mosaic patterns or pictures with shapes made from bumpy, squishy, soft and other textured materials.

Alphabet Books

Twenty-six little letters are all you need to make up the thousands of words in the English language. Write or illustrate a story about your favorite letter or word in a handmade alphabet book.

This is a great activity for young children learning their ABC?s; early readers developing their spelling, phonics and vocabulary skills; and anyone who likes making up silly words and sentences!

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Easy Rainbow Books

Here is a quick bookmaking project that will brighten any gray winter day! We love teaching children how to make this style book because it doesn't require any glue, tape or staples. Read on to see how!

Gather four to six sheets of paper, all the same size in your favorite colors. Sometimes we use the full rainbow, other times we just stick to warm or cool colors.

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Origami Magic Rings

We often work with paper in the Art Studio, so it's not surprising that one of our new wall displays is crafted with dozens of colorful origami-folded papers. Origami is the art of folding paper, most origami designs start with a simple square piece of thin paper. This special design actually uses 8 sheets of paper and they are overlapped to create this beautiful "ring."

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Paper Rollercoaster Sculptures

Ask a child if they would like to take a ride on a carousel, Ferris wheel or rollercoaster and their answer will probably be a resounding 'YES'! They may be too shy to actually climb aboard, but kids are certainly not bashful creating miniature amusement-park-worthy rides with dizzying loops and death-defying heights. The current activity in the Art Studio, It's a Mary Blair World invites guests to construct their own unique theme park ride with paper and 3D materials. READ MORE

Manchester High School Visit

Most of the schools I visit for The Carle's art-centered off-site programming are at the elementary level, but occasionally we receive requests to visit middle schools and high schools, too. Earlier this month I taught an Eric Carle inspired workshop with art educator Andrea Ruzzo's illustration class at Manchester High School in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Make Your Own Stick Alphabet

It?s amazing how twenty-six little letters are all you need to make thousands of words in the English language! The current exhibition here at The Carle, The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z, is making us think a lot about the alphabet. We decided to decorate the Art Studio with our own letters to display on the back wall...made of twigs!

Follow the directions below to make your own alphabet at home or for your classroom. READ MORE

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