Eric Carle Museum

We packed a car load of kids and headed to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. The author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A kid friendly Museum with beautiful illustrations for children and adults alike. With a hands on art studio where kids can create their very own masterpieces. A place where they can experiment with shapes, colors and textures.  Illustrations from various other artists can also be seen there. Etienne Delessert, Ruth Sanderson, David Wiesner and David Palladini to name a few. When asked “what was your favorite part of the Museum?” Joshua age 7 said “Making the art, because I like art.” This Museum indulges the kid in all of us, ages 1 to 101!


About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at:

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