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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 Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Randy Kaplan

March 28, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American Roots Music, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling into award-winning music suitable for the whole family. His groundbreaking music and lyrics are both educational and fun, exploring subjects that range from bugs to moral tales. Randy’s tangents and multi-leveled jokes are reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie and are sure to captivate a crowd!

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

In The Museum

Whole Book Approach

April 3, 2015
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 Carle Bookshop on the day of the program.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

Using Picture Books with Older Students

April 3, 2015
1:30pm - 4:30pm
$40

(3 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula.  We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.
Instructor: Susan Wells

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

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Author Julie Sternberg and Illustrator Adam Gudeon

April 4, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join us as award-winning author Julie Sternberg and illustrator Adam Gudeon introduce their new picture book, Bedtime at Bessie and Lil's, in which two bunnies at bedtime will NOT behave the way their Mama wants them to. Julie will read the story and share how she gets the ideas for her books, and Adam will present his illustration process. Book signing to follow.

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Youth Chamber Orchestra and Ukulele Choir

April 11, 2015
11:00am
Free; Museum Admission extra. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Please join us to see this delightful group of young musicians perform their annual concert. Conductor Tyson Peelle will lead the Youth Orchestra in performing a wide range of works in classical, folk, and rock genres. To be followed by a playful ukulele ensemble directed by Adam Bosse, showcasing fun tunes for all ages!

 

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio: Drawing Day

April 12, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

With the goal of bringing together people of all ages through something as simple as drawing, join us for our annual day of family-friendly projects designed to celebrate drawing and foster new and imaginative ways to draw.

In The Auditorium

Looking at the Whole Book: Exploring A Crow of His Own with Author Megan Dowd Lambert and Illustrator David Hyde Costello

April 18, 2015
1:00pm

Join Megan Dowd Lambert and David Hyde Costello as they provide insight into the process of creating their new picture book, A Crow of His Own. Accompanied by real-time illustrations by Costello, both speakers will offer a style of presenting picture books that combines dialogic reading with visual thinking strategies to promote critical and creative thinking.


 

In The Art Studio

Butterflies & Caterpillars: A Springtime Family Workshop

April 19, 2015
10:30am - 12:30pm
$25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25)

(Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult)
Celebrate spring with open-ended butterfly-themed activities for the whole family! We’ll discuss the migration of the Monarch, create and personalize handmade nature observation journals, put together insect sculptures with natural materials, and create paper butterfly gardens to give as gifts or display at home. Workshop does not include Museum Admission.
Instructor: Diana MacKenzie

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

In The Auditorium

Nutshell Playhouse Presents Pirates!

April 19, 2015
1:00pm and 3:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

A swashbuckling adventure featuring bold buccaneers, a mysterious map with a riddle, cursed treasure, a visit to an island that you can’t see, a pirate ghost, and a magical journey to the bottom of the sea. This sea-faring tale features mime, music, masks, and delightful puppets created by Clothespin Puppets. The performance features Berkshire County actors Alexia Trainor, Mark Hohlstein and Chris Brophy, with live music by Don Jordan. Together they bring you a family performance brimming with excitement and theatrical innovation.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Museum

Museum Open on Patriots' Day

April 20, 2015
All day

In The Reading Library

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs

April 20, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 21, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 23, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
April 24, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

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 Auditorium

CactusHead Puppets Presents Little Red Riding Hood

April 21, 2015
11:00am and 2:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

Little Red Riding Hood's mother sends her off into the woods with some treats for her dear old grandmother, but to get home safely she and her grandmother will have to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf. Are Little Red and Grandmother in trouble, or has the wolf bitten off more than he can chew? Join CactusHead Puppets for their modern adaptation of this classic story, told with hand puppets and shadow puppets.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Imaginative Assemblages

April 22 - May 26, 2015
12:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create a 2D or 3D assemblage using only black and white materials.

In The Auditorium

Mister G Performs Live at The Carle!

April 24, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$8 (Members $7.50)

Mister G is a 2014 Latin-Grammy nominated artist who was recently named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families.” Called “irresistible” by People magazine, his original music is a true delight for the whole family, and has won praise from The Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago SunTimes, Time Out New York and The Washington Post. Join us for an interactive concert experience that’s not to be missed!

To listen to Mister G's award-winning music, watch videos, and download a free coloring book, visit his site: mistergsongs.com.

In The Reading Library

Special Educator Workshop: The Illustrator’s Eye, Real and Imagined, with Jerry Pinkney

April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
$25

(2.5 PDPs) Using a slideshow, readings, and a drawing demonstration, Jerry Pinkney will discuss the decisions leading up to developing a book project, the ways in which he finds his own vision, and how he develops a fuller understanding of his subjects. A slideshow of images will include details about Jerry’s art-making process, from rough thumbnail sketches to drawings in progress, and from dummy books to final art.

Registration required. Space is limited. See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Museum

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

March 14, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
April 25, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
June 14, 2015
10:30am - 12:00pm
July 18, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm
August 8, 2015
3:00pm - 4:30pm

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 Auditorium

The 5th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture: Art as a Manuscript, with Artist and Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney

April 25, 2015
2:00pm

(1 PDP) In this presentation, Jerry Pinkney will discuss the impact of the first stories he encountered as a child, both through the written word and through the Southern oral tradition, and the ways in which they influenced his journey to becoming a narrative artist. Jerry will share some of his personal history growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, including the mentors who encouraged him, and how being dyslexic stoked a fascination with language and a need for creative expression. He will also give insight into his artistic process, from deciding which projects to pursue, to in-depth research, dreaming up ideas, exploring different mediums, progress drawings and paintings, and the joy of seeing the final story come to life.

Book signing to follow

In The Reading Library

Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers Hilts

April 25, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators, the Brothers Hilts, for a storytime as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique Spider.  The Brothers Hilts will also give an illustration presentation in which they discuss their illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating illustrations for Seaver the Weaver.

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 Auditorium

Why We Write Middle Grade

May 2, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1 PDP) Middle grade books, for 8 to 12 year olds, can sometimes be unsung and misunderstood, stuck as they are between picture books for young children and YA books for teenagers. So what draws writers to middle grade?

Join panel of authors Jeanne Birdsall, Tony DiTerlizzi, Matt Phelan, and S.S. Taylor as they discuss the joys, choices, and challenges involved in writing for this age group.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

May 3, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


 

In The Reading Library

DROP-IN PROGRAM: Open Book, Open Play

May 15, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
May 22, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
June 12, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
June 19, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)
Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations in the Art Studio inspired by elements of the picture books from story time. Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

In The Auditorium

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves

May 23, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$6.50 (Members $5.50) Museum Admission extra

Written by E. Gray Simons, III
Directed by Travis G. Daly

Atlantis, Lost! is a collection of stories about historical wonders and the waters of the world. This collection of wet and wonderful tales includes the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of a pirate, the origin of surfing and the Loch Ness monster. Ride the strange waves and discover a whole new view of the world through these inspired episodes of modern mythology.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Beautiful Bug Collages

May 27 - June 23, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Insects come in many colors and sizes. Have fun using patterned papers to create your own colorful bug compositions.
 

In The Museum

Children’s Book Festival: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

June 6, 2015
10:00am - 4:00pm
Free with Museum admission

Inspired by The Carle’s exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs, join us for a day celebrating these small creatures! Activities include fun art projects, a workshop with Luminarium Dance Company, a presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, story times, book signings, and an exhibition by artists of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild. Creative bug costumes welcome!

In The Auditorium

Meet David Macaulay

June 14, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1PDP) In conjunction with The Carle’s exhibition, Gray Matter: David Macaulay’s "Black and White," Caldecott-award winner David Macaulay will discuss the inspirations and artistic process behind his books, and share some of his current projects. Book signing to follow program

In The Auditorium

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Danny Lion

June 20, 2015
11:00am
$8 Adults / $6 Youth (cash or check only) Museum Admission extra

Danny Lion is the new children's music project from award-winning composer, Dan Flannery. Audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy his fun, danceable rhythms and engaging storytelling through song. Come play hide and seek with a snail, dance like a crab, go on a bus ride, and most of all, dance happy!

Limited seating; early arrival recommended. We are unable to accept same-day phone reservations. On the day of the performance, tickets are first come, first served. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

In The Auditorium

Special Storytime: Jeff Mack

June 20, 2015
2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Please join us for a dynamic story time with award-winning author/illustrator Jeff Mack reading his two newest picture books for 2015. Who Wants a Hug? introduces two new hilarious characters, Bear and Skunk, and a wild read-aloud in the tradition of classic Saturday morning Roadrunner cartoons. Meanwhile, in Look!, a gorilla will stop at nothing to get the attention of a boy with his eyes glued to the TV set. The question isn't "Will he succeed?", but "How?" Look! is a hilarious tale of a friendship that develops over a love of books. Enjoy these and other Jeff Mack favorites. Book signing to follow.

In The Art Studio

Special Sundays in the Studio

June 21, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Art Studio

Every Day Art Program: Prints, Patterns and Papers

June 24 - July 21, 2015
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Eric Carle experiments with making painted marks and patterns on tissue paper for his picture book illustrations. Create your own handmade stamp and print your design onto colorful background papers with white paint.

In The Auditorium

BUGS! with Stand-up Chameleon Jackson Gillman

June 27, 2015
11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4)

What do doodlebugs, spiders, ants and other crawlies have in common? Laugh and learn in this comic revue of songs and stories.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413.658.1126.

In The Museum

Little Kids Yoga

July 1, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 8, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 15, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 22, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
July 29, 2015
9:30am - 10:15am
$130 for 1 adult and 1 child; $150 for 1 adult and 2 children

(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 take place in the gallery, and include a welcoming circle, breathing time, a musical sun salute, and movements inspired by works of art on view in the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs. This developmentally-appropriate class fosters a sense of body connection, self awareness and the celebration of community.

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.shraddhayoga.org.

Registration by June 20 is required. See Workshops for Youth & Families to sign up.

In The Museum

Animals, Art and the Imagination

July 6 - July 10, 2015
9:00am
$300 (Members $255)

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Entering 1st - 5th grade)
Join The Carle for an animal and art adventure! In this week-long program, meet and work with a guest author and Illustrator, Steve Light, interact with live animals, and discover original picture book art! Students will enjoy being creative inside the Museum’s beautiful light-filled Art Studio. Outside, students will explore the beautiful grounds with nature walks and picnics in the surrounding apple orchard and Hampshire College Campus. Museum staff will give a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Carle’s Art Collections Department to teach students 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.

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

In The Museum

Creative Book Covers

July 10, 2015
9:30am - 12:30pm
$40

Inspired by the exhibition, A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino, this workshop will take an in-depth look at book cover and jacket design. We will explore a variety of picture books and consider how their covers inform the reading experience. Participants will take away many ideas and projects to help students learn about and discover the art of book covers. Workshop will include guided time in the galleries.

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

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The East Gallery

Gallery Talk: The Art of Fred Marcellino with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

July 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

(1PDP) Join Chief Curator Ellen Keiter for a guided tour of the special exhibition A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino.

In The Museum

The Visual Thinking Strategies in the Galleries and Art Studio

July 23, 2015
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) which help to guide much of the educational programming at the Museum. Based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator Philip Yenawine, VTS uses specific strategies to encourage viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art. Participants learn about Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the methods in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

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

1:30 – 4:30 pm
Afternoon Session - VTS in the Studio: Exploring Materials (3 PDPs)
Apply the principles of VTS to the exploration of materials and art-making and discuss how our exploration strategies can empower learners and enhance teaching.
(Prior attendance at any VTS workshop required.)
Instructor: Meghan Burch

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

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

 

In The Museum

Summer Teacher Workshop: We Love Picture Books

August 8, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm
$140 (Members $119)

(7 PDPs) A full-day workshop celebrating all things picture books, with guest authors and illustrators Lizi Boyd, Jason Chin, Shelley Rotner, Matthew Tavares, and Bill Thomson.

Download the full Program Schedule including session descriptions here:
SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP: We Love Picture Books (PDF)

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

In The Auditorium

Diversity in Children’s Books

September 19, 2015
1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

A panel discussion with authors Lesléa Newman, Tanya Lee Stone, Padma Venkatraman, and illustrator Floyd Cooper. Book signing following program.

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