Drummer Hoff

Ed Emberley, Drummer Hoff, trade book, courtesy of the artist

Drawing Book of Animals

Ed Emberley, mockup page about octopi from Drawing Book of Animals, 1970, ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 in., courtesy of the artist.

Parade Art Book

Ed Emberley, Parade Book production ink drawing, 18 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. matted, courtesy of the artist.

The Wizard of Op

Ed Emberley, The Wizard of Op, 1975, trade book, 9 x 9 1/4 in. closed, courtesy of the artist.

Simon's Song

Ed Emberley, Simon's Song production print, block prints on paper, 30 x 40 in., courtesy of the artist.

Drawing Book of Faces

Ed Emberley, mockup page with many finished faces from Drawing Book of Faces, 1975, ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. framed, courtesy of the artist.

Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me

January 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery

Using simple shapes and lines, beloved illustrator and picture book artist Ed Emberley has created enchanting worlds for generations of young people, while also giving them the tools to create worlds of their own. Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me opens on January 11, 2018 and includes an array of dazzling artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mock-ups, and first edition books.

Emberley’s drawing books empowered countless children to create by utilizing simple shapes and step by step techniques to make elaborate characters and scenes. In addition to his inventive drawing books, the artist is known for his Caldecott Medal-awarded 1967 picture book Drummer Hoff, and for his 1992 bestseller Go Away, Big Green Monster.

The exhibition will also feature a stylized reproduction of Emberley’s drawing and light table from his home studio, where visitors of all ages can try their hand at his diverse and playful art making techniques.

Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me was organized by Caleb Neelon for the Akron Art Museum. Its presentation in Akron is sponsored by a generous gift from the Mary S. And David C. Corbin Foundation, with additional support from the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation. Media support provided by ideastream®.

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Family Drop In: Ed Emberley Art Opening

January 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Be among the first to see the show and celebrate the opening of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. 

Family Drop In: Ed Emberley Art Opening

January 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Free and Open to All

Come celebrate the opening of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. Be among the first to see the show, pose for a selfie in front of the exhibition’s amazing title wall, experience the storytelling of Wandering Aesthetics, create thumbprint art with Jen Davis of SmART Studio and learn some of Ed Emberley’s signature drawing moves with curator and graffiti artist Caleb Neelon. Dig in to chips and guacamole courtesy of Chipotle and boogie down to some funky sounds. Plus meet special guests Ed and Barbara Emberley!

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Creative Playdate

February 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. 

Creative Playdate

February 1, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Playdough Love Monsters Inspired by the Art of Ed Emberley

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.  

Tots Create

February 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity.

Tots Create

February 3, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fingerprint Impression Art

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Kids Studio

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. 

Kids Studio

February 3, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Woodblock Printmaking with Ziplock Bags!?

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Photo: Shane Wynn

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

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