The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

The Art of Eric Carle:
Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs

On View April 7 – August 30, 2015

Amateur entomology takes the spotlight at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art during the next few months, as a new bug-themed exhibit fills the galleries! The Art of Eric Carle: Bees, Butterflies, and Other Bugs will be on view from April 7th – August 30th, 2015, and brings with it not only beautiful and delightful images featuring a host of insects, but a swarm of special bug-themed and Eric Carle-centric events as well.

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Sparked by copious amounts of time spent outdoors as a child, Eric Carle’s picture books have often featured lovable insect characters, from fireflies to ladybugs to the iconic starving green caterpillar. The images featured in the exhibit are full of wings, crawly legs, and stingers, but portray the crawliest of earth’s inhabitants beautifully, with respect, reverence, and the light, playful style unique to Carle’s artwork.

In addition to a bug-filled gallery, the Eric Carle Museum will hold special events to accompany the exhibit. Over the next few months, families can take advantage of opportunities to engage in bug-themed hands-on art making in the museum’s studio, and can create their own original bug creations to add to a community art project that will adorn the trees in the museum’s orchard. Additionally, special events featuring bug-themed storytelling and comedy will be held, and the museum’s Children’s Book Festival (held on June 6th) will be bug-themed as well! 

Illustration © 1990 by Eric Carle

Butterflies & Caterpillars: A Springtime Family Workshop
Sunday, April 19 from  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
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, design insect sculptures with natural materials, and construct paper butterfly gardens to give as gifts or display at home. Workshop does not include Museum admission. $25 per pair or trio (Members $21.25). Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult.

Special Storytime: Paul Czajak and The Brothers Hilts
Saturday, April 25, at 2pm
Free with Museum admission
Join author Paul Czajak and the award-winning illustrators the Brothers Hilts for story time as Paul reads from their new book, Seaver the Weaver, a story about a unique spider. Afterward, the Brothers Hilts will give a presentation in which they discuss their distinctive illustration style, their inspirations, and their process of creating art for Seaver the Weaver.

Children’s Book Festival: Bees, Butterflies and Other Bugs
Saturday, June 6 from 10am–4pm
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 more. Creative bug costumes welcome! Free with Museum admission.

BUGS! with Stand-up Chameleon Jackson Gillman
Saturday, June 27 at 11am & 1pm
What do doodlebugs, spiders, ants and other crawlies have in common? Laugh and learn in this comic revue of songs and stories. $5 (Members $4)

(All Images © Eric Carle)

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