Unleash Your Inner Child at the High Museum's Eric Carle Exhibit

Parents and hungry caterpillars alike will love the Eric Carle exhibit at Atlanta's High Museum of Art.
  • The entrance to "I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle" features Carle's most notable character.
    The entrance to "I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle" features Carle's most notable character.
  • This original illustration of Brown Bear is different than the one in today's beloved storybook.
    This original illustration of Brown Bear is different than the one in today's beloved storybook.
  • Children can enjoy reading and admiring Carle's work in books throughout the exhibit.
    Children can enjoy reading and admiring Carle's work in books throughout the exhibit.
  • Some of Carle's original sketches, later turned into collage illustrations, are also on display.
    Some of Carle's original sketches, later turned into collage illustrations, are also on display.

Last year the High Museum of Art featured a whimsical exhibit based on the illustrations of Mo Willems and got your kids excited about art. "I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle" at the High is sure to solidify them as art lovers for life. The highly anticipated exhibit featuring beloved American children’s book author and artist Eric Carle is on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta through Jan. 8, 2017.

This exciting new exhibit features more than 80 collages from 16 of Carle’s most popular books that span his more than 50-year career. Starting with works from Carle’s first illustrated story, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” which was first published in 1967 and continuing through favorites like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” (1969) and “From Head to Toe” (1997), this exhibit is sure to bring back childhood memories and delight the inner child in everyone. The exhibit ends with Carle’s heartwarming 2013 title, “Friends,” inspired by the friendships of his own life.

“I See a Story” also explores the inspiration for Carle’s tales, including his love of nature, common childhood experiences and his own memories of being a child. Ellen Keiter, chief curator of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., said, "Carle’s classic stories, endearing characters and stunningly beautiful collages appeal to young readers and adults alike. Visitors will revel in his original works just as eagerly as they anticipate each turn of the page in his timeless tales."

Tips for the best overall experience:

  • Prior to visiting, brush up on all your favorite Eric Carle books. Your kids will love pointing out artwork from their at-home collections and discovering new favorites.

  • At the start of your tour you'll notice an area marked,“How to be a Museum Friend.” This provides for a great opportunity to demonstrate how the exhibit can best be viewed by even the youngest of audiences.

  • Be sure to reserve tickets to see "Pancakes, Pancakes!" at Alliance Theatre, an original musical based on Carle's book of the same name.

  • Also in conjunction with the exhibit is a new Theatre for the Very Young production based on the book "From Head to Toe." It's an interactive experience geared toward babies ages 0 through 24 months old.

  • Visit the museum gift shop for a souvenir commemorating your experience, from art supplies and books to rubber ducks (as in "10 Little Rubber Ducks" [2005]). There is something for everyone.

Joleen Pete is a Southern California transplant, living and loving it in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta, with her husband and their three year old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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