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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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In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

July 11, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and 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.

Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Members Opening Reception - Simms Taback: Art by Design

July 12, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Free to Museum Members

Join us for an intimate Members' evening to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition. The event includes a conversation with Rick Meyerowitz, Reynold Ruffins, and Regina Hayes moderated by H. Nichols B. Clark, appetizers and drink ticket, plus the chance to win exhibition-related items in our free drawing.

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Conversation

Members RSVP by Monday, July 7 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 658-1104 or membership@carlemuseum.org.

Illustration © 2007 by Simms Taback. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers Group.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: Simms Taback: Art by Design with Chief Curator Nick Clark

July 13, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join Chief Curator Nick Clark for a guided tour of the special exhibition Simms Taback: Art by Design.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Penguin Young Readers Group.
 

In The Museum

Animals, Art and the Imagination

July 7 - July 11, 2014
9:00am
July 14 - July 18, 2014
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00am - 3:00pm

(Ages 6-10)
In celebration of the recently released book, What’s Your Favorite Animal, we are excited to introduce new things into our full-day week-long summer programs.

In both of our one-week programs, Cindy, from Animal Show on the Go, will introduce special rescued pets, and Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will bring a trained reading-buddy dog for the students to meet.

We're also excited to have David Hyde Costello, Author and Illustrator of Little Pig Joins the BandI Can Help, and Here They Come as our guest artist.

Our guests, along with fun activities centering around the original art from What's Your Favorite Animal, and discussions about great picture books will spark our imaginations for art-making in 2-D and 3-D materials. 

We'll take walks to picnic in the surrounding apple orchard and Hampshire College Campus, and get a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle's Collections Department to learn how art exhibitions are made. On the last day, students will collaborate on an exhibit of their art from the week and host a reception for their families.

The Museum's experienced educators will arrange the weeks' activities and guests to provide the right balance of choice, variety, individualism, and collaboration within a predictable schedule, so feel free to sign up for both weeks! Registration deadline: June 27, 2014

Instructors: Diana MacKenzie and Meghan Burch with other Museum Education Staff

For more information about this program, visit our Art Studio Blog.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

July 7, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 14, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 21, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
July 28, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 4, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 11, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 18, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
August 25, 2014
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission. Advance sign-up required.

Mondays in July and August

The Carle is thrilled to partner with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs for our Summer Reading Buddies program!  Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required to read to a Reading Buddies dog. Call 413.658.1114 or email courtneyw@carlemuseum.org to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

In The Museum

Little Kids Yoga

July 1, 2014
9:30am
July 8, 2014
9:30am
July 15, 2014
9:30am
July 22, 2014
9:30am
July 29, 2014
9:30am
$130

Tuesdays in July, 9:30 - 10:15 am

(Toddlers 15 months to 5 years with a caregiver)

This specially designed yoga class for toddlers and their adult caregivers brings everyone together to join in the yoga fun! Classes include a welcoming circle, breathing time, a musical sun salute, and an imaginary guided journey inspired by works of art on view in The Carle's What's Your Favorite Animal? exhibition. This developmentally-appropriate class fosters a sense of body connection, self awareness and the celebration of community. Pre-registration by June 20 required.

Yoga Instructor Corinne Andrews has been teaching yoga in the Pioneer Valley to all ages and levels since 2003. For more information on Corinne, visit www.shaddhayoga.org.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

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

June 8, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
June 22, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
July 16, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm
August 5, 2014
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join us for an Information Session to learn about graduate programs in children's literature offered through Simmons College at The Carle. Each program encourages a rigorous study of children's books with an emphasis on historical and critical analysis. Non-degree students are welcome to apply for specific classes.
Email childrensliterature@simmons.edu for more information.

In The Museum

Free Fun Friday!

July 18, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a FREE Museum day, including live music, special storytime guests, all day art studio projects, activity centers, a temporary tattoo station, and more! Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch from Foleys Franks.
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

10:00am Films: Where the Wild Things Are…and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak

11:00am Special Storytime with David Hyde Costello

               Film: Eric Carle Picture Writer

11:30am Book Signing with David Hyde Costello

               The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mini-parade

               Films: Simms Taback Stories

12:00pm Music with Nick Bayard

              Films: The William Steig Library

1:00pm The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mini-parade

              Films: The Robert McCloskey Library

2:00pm Music with Nick Bayard

             Film: Eric Carle Picture Writer

2:30pm Special Storytime with Jeff Mack

             Films: Simms Taback Stories

3:00pm Book signing with Jeff Mack

             The Very Hungry Caterpillar Mini-parade

             Films: The William Steig Library

 

Ongoing Activities Include:

Caterpillar Food Search

What’s Your Favorite Animal Search

What’s Your Favorite Animal Activity Tables

Gallery Searches

Tattoo station

Every Day Art Program

Outdoor bean bags, hula hoops, beach balls, and bubbles

Food from Foley’s Franks

 

In The Auditorium

Meet Aaron Becker

July 19, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Join Aaron Becker, creator of the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times best-selling Journey, as he shares his creative process and presents the next chapter to his wordless fantasy book. Quest, to be published this August, depicts the Journey characters on a new and visually captivating adventure not to be missed.

Book signing to follow. Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

www.storybreathing.com

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Carle-Inspired Collages

July 22 - September 2, 2014
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Using Eric Carle’s tissue paper collage technique, have fun creating an original furry, finned, or feathery creature like those found in the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal?

In The Museum

The Visual Thinking Strategies in the Galleries and Art Studio

July 23, 2014
9:30am - 4:30pm
Full Day $70; Half Day $40

Attend one session or combine for a full day.

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.

9:30am – 12:30pm
Morning Session - VTS in the Galleries: Reading Pictures (3 PDPs)
Instructor: Rosemary Agoglia

1:30 – 4:30pm
Afternoon Session - VTS in the Studio: Exploring Materials (3 PDPs)
(Prior attendance at any VTS workshop required for Studio portion.)
Instructor: Meghan Burch

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Gustafer Yellowgold

July 26, 2014
11:00am
$7

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow who came from the Sun and landed in Minnesota.  Award winning illustrator/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor developed the “musical moving storybook” Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and hand drawn cartoon movie. The show will include a brand new hand-drawn animated music video and Top-10 hit “Cakenstein” as well as feature songs and videos from the 2012 release, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year in the Day, along with plenty of other fan favorites! Come experience the one-of-a-kind Gustafer Yellowgold blend of blissful pop music, lyrical poignancy, and cartoon absurdity for a show surely not to be missed!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

gustaferyellowgold.com

 

In The Museum

TEACHER INSTITUTE On the Side of Childhood: Supporting the Multiple Literacies of Young Children

August 2 - August 3, 2014
9:00am

Keynote Speaker: Philip Yenawine, co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE)

The Carle and Smith College invite you to join a host of distinguished presenters as we explore the joys and challenges that exist in the education of young children. How might we be inspired and informed to support the multiple literacies of all children? With a focus on the importance of observation, communication, and collaboration, this conference will highlight the development and learning potential of children and the importance of teachers and care givers to stand “on the side of childhood."

Institute schedule and registration information

In The Auditorium

Bob Staake: Picture This

August 2, 2014
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) With over 50 books to his name, including Bluebird and My Pet Book, Bob Staake’s extensive career in children's publishing is filled with colorful stories, unique experiences and insightful lessons learned through the years. Experience a behind-the scenes look into some of his most notable picture books, as sketches, doodles, rejected covers, and final book spreads are shared and discussed. www.bobstaake.com

Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Greg Pizzoli

August 2, 2014
3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli, 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for The Watermelon Seed, as he reads his new book, Number One Sam, about a champion race-car driving dog who learns a lesson in sportsmanship while on the racetrack.

Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Museum

Museum Closed

August 3, 2014
12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Carle will be closed on Sunday, August 3 for a special event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Auditorium

Nappy’s Puppets Presents Sing-A-Long and Father Goose’s Tales

August 9, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4); Museum Admission extra

Get ready for a playful and interactive show that will send its audience home in giggles! Jim Napolitano presents his shadow puppet renditions of some of our most beloved nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Both fun and sophisticated, these performances are sure to entertain the whole family! www.nappyspuppets.com

11:00 am  Sing-a-Long with Nappy’s Puppets - Join in the fun as Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest songs around.

1:00 pm  Father Goose’s Tales – Father Goose is in charge of the storytelling when Mother Goose takes the day off. Can he get the stories right?

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Author Nicole Groeneweg and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell

August 9, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Author Nicole Groeneweg and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will share their book One Word Pearl, a story about a little girl who collects words, but one day her words are blown away in a wind storm. After that day, she uses each word carefully-one at a time, until there are no words left. Join us to find out what Pearl does without words and if she ever finds them. Hazel Mitchell will also demonstrate her delightful illustration techniques. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

August 10, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


 

In The Museum

Curriculum Connections at The Carle

August 15, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) How does a field trip to The Carle support Common Core? From the art studio to the galleries, this workshop introduces educators to the creative learning that takes place here, fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills in students. Participants will learn about The Carle’s educational approach and teacher resources, and tour our collections and exhibitions. In addition to taking part in sample studio and gallery activities, educators will also receive pre-and-post visit activity ideas to use back at school.

Instructor: Courtney Waring

Registration is required. Workshop includes Museum Admission and a 10% discount (Members 25%) in the Museum Shop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Countdown to Kindergarten!

August 16, 2014
10:00am - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy a fun-filled day of storytimes and activities geared to support children as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Children will enjoy D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!, a 30-minute play with audience participation performed by the KidStage Acting Company (Boston Children’s Museum), while caregivers will welcome helpful handouts and activity ideas to try back at home.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Lita Judge

August 16, 2014
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please join Author and Illustrator, Lita Judge, as she reads her latest book, Flight School, about a penguin who has the soul of an eagle and wants to fly. Share in the delightfully funny adventures of this little round penguin as he embarks on his big dream by going to a school where birds teach birds to fly. Here penguin meets new friends and teachers who eventually help him realize his dreams. Lita will demonstrate how she draws her characters for stories including penguin, and she'll take time to draw new fun adventures about starting school. Book signing to follow.

Limit one book from home/unlimited books from The Carle Bookshop. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at (413) 658-1132 or shop@carlemuseum.org.

In The Art Studio

Storytelling Art Workshop with Artist & Author Emily Neuburger

August 18 - August 20, 2014
9:30am
$88 (15% discount for Members)

Monday – Wednesday, August 18 – 20, 2014
9:30 am – 11:00 am

(Ages 7-11)
Create an imaginative foundation for developing characters and settings for your future stories through a variety of open-ended art projects. Workshop includes a signed copy of Emily’s book, Show Me a Story.

Registration is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Tom Knight Puppets

August 30, 2014
11:00am and 1:00pm
*$4 (Members $3)

Enjoy this collection of songs and skits about animals, the environment, food, and books for children of all ages. Favorites include "Alligator Jump," "The Garbage Monster," and “Henry the Magician,” plus songs from Tom’s most recent CD The Classroom Boogie! For more information, photos, and music videos visit tomknight.com.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the event, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

August 31, 2014
4:00pm

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 13, 2014
4:00pm

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Museum Closing Early

September 27, 2014
4:00pm

The Museum will close at 4 pm for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In The Museum

Educators' Night with Lois Lowry

October 2, 2014
3:30pm

The Carle is pleased to announce its Annual Educators' Night on October 2, 2014 featuring a presentation and book signing with award-winning author Lois Lowry, as well as PechaKucha presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 3:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits. Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126.

Share your passion and ideas for teaching through the arts by submitting a PechaKucha presentation proposal!
PechaKucha Information and Application

Schedule of events

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Browse the Museum, collect free materials for your classroom and enjoy light refreshments (Great Hall)

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Educating through the Arts PechaKucha presentations (Auditorium)

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Intermission (Refreshments available in Great Hall)

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Lois Lowry (Auditorium)

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Book signing with Lois Lowry (Great Hall)

In The Offsite

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

March 16 - March 20, 2015
9:00am

(30 PDPs) 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; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the 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. Learn more.

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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