Monday, May 16, 2011
Road trip to the Eric Carle Museum
Over the weekend we took the kids on a little road trip to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Being both artists, we have been very eager to visit this museum since it opened but felt we wanted to make sure the kids were at an age where they would appreciate it and would enjoy the experience... plus handle the long 2 hour drive.
Even better, we found out this month that our little guy was learning all about Eric Carle in school. He was even creating his own "Eric Carle" artwork in school and thought this was perfect real life education for him. So we packed up the car and made the trip.
Any one who has kids, we're sure you are very familiar with his work, especially his 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is a staple in our kids bedtime reading routine.
This very modern and simplistic museum was a pleasant treat.
We hit the museum on a very quiet Saturday morning which was perfect for letting the kids explore and roam without the crowds of people. The very spacious 40,000 square foot building houses three Galleries that are dedicated to exhibitions of picture book art.
One gallery is dedicated to Eric Carle's work and the two other galleries are changing exhibitions of artwork. No photography is allowed in the galleries but you can snap away everywhere else.
A favorite spot that the kids enjoyed immediately is the big Caterpillar sculpture that doubled as a bookcase. The kids had fun running around it and through it and finally sitting inside just long enough for us to snap a few pictures.
Besides the galleries, there is a library, a cafe, a store and an art studio for the kids to create and explore.
We all enjoyed the art studio where you can create fun projects with all sorts of materials. This neat magnetic board has magnets made from branch pieces and painted in fun colors.
Color coded jars lined up on a shelf like a rainbow.
There were many tables for the kids to create and make their own masterpieces.
This was a neat experience to share with the whole family and spark your inner creativity.
We left there inspired and ready to go back to the studio and play.
We are off on another adventure to explore and learn something new.
Have you been to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA? Share your thoughts on your visit!
Have a good week.