Children's and Family Programs

Throughout time and across cultures, human beings have taken elements from the earth and created works of art. Many of these materials and techniques are still used by artists today. Programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum provide opportunities for children to learn from artists of the ancient world in the galleries and from some of Atlanta’s best practicing artists in the studio.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Artful Stories at the Museum

When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together something exciting happens and young imaginations flourish! This program is for children three to five years old accompanied by a parent or other adult. Once a month on select Saturdays, children will be able to sit in the galleries surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos' collections.

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but space is limited.  A reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519.


In the Beginning: Deucalion and Pyrrha
Saturday, December 6
10 am, Classical Sculpture Court, Level One
Children will hear the Greek creation story of Deucalion and Pyrrha in the Carlos court, surrounded by Greek sculptures of gods and goddesses whose clothing was beautifully carved by ancient hands. Afterwards, they will head downstairs to the Tate Room for some serious dress-up fun with traditional Greek garments —peplos, chitons, himations and chlamys — and pose for photos. 





The Story of Utnapishtim
Saturday, January 17
10 am, Near East Gallery, Level One
In conjunction with the exhibition of the Nippur Flood Tablet at the Carlos Museum, children will hear the story from the tablet, The Story of Utnapishtim, from ancient Sumeria. Children will then press shapes of the three birds from the story — a swallow, a dove, and a raven— onto their own clay tablets.







The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt
Saturday, February 7
10 am, Egyptian Galleries, Level One
Children will listen to The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt before looking at the beautifully painted image of the separation of earth and sky on the coffin of Tahat in the Egyptian Galleries. Children will create their own piece of sky on cloth before engaging in imaginative play to lift up the sky from the earth, just like in the story.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from PNC Bank.

Workshops for Children

The Office of Educational Programs offers innovative and engaging workshops in which children and their families explore the collections and exhibitions at the Museum. Through in-gallery experiences and art projects, children learn about the arts and cultures of the world.


Sunday, November 2
1-5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
The Maize God and the Hero Twins Workshop for Children
Through illustrations on cylindrical vessels (used by the Maya for chocolate!) and Maya hieroglyphs in the Art of the Americas Galleries, assistant curator Laura Wingfield will introduce children to some of the heroes of the sacred creation book of the Maya, the Popol Vuh. Explore the maize god and the demi-god twins, Ixb’alanke with jaguar patches on his skin and Hunahpu, covered in moles shaped like the moon! Children will create a storytelling cylindrical vessel with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.

For ages 10 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contactling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.





Sunday, November 16
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
AVATARS: the Manifestations of Vishnu Workshop for Children
Vishnu, Hindu god of preservation, appears on Earth in different forms in times of strife and disorder in the world. Children will investigate images and stories of the ten forms of Vishnu in the Asian gallery and then create their own avatar, representing their power and responsibility to make the world a better place, with teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.

Sunday, January 18
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Storytelling with Clay
The first epic story to be written down wasn’t written on paper – it was written on clay tablets! Children will hear the story of Gilgamesh and look at clay tablets and other Sumerian artifacts in the Near East Galleries. Children will create their own story on a clay tablet.

For ages 6 to 8 years. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

 

Sunday, January 25
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Humbaba, Monster Protector
Learn about the fearsome Humbaba who protected the ancient cedar forest of Mesopotamia in the epic story, Gilgamesh. Children will examine the head of Humbaba and other ancient Sumerian artifacts in the Near East Galleries before creating their own monster face amulets with teaching artist, Pam Beagle-Daresta.

For ages 9 to 12 years. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Sunday, February 8
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Ptah and Egyptian Creation
Ptah, an Egyptian god of creation and revered by craftspeople, created humans on his potter’s wheel. After exploring the distinctive figure of Ptah and other Egyptian artifacts in the special exhibition, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, children will build clay figures  of the god and try their hand at the potter’s wheel with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.
Spring Break Art Camp
Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10
9 am - 3 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Spring Break Art Camp: Bridging Earth and Sky: The Dogon of Mali
Every twelve years, the Dogon use tall plank masks called sirige that seem to reach towards the heavens as part of the dama ceremony to honor the ancestors and mark the end of mourning for those who died during the last cycle.  Sandra Hughes and Michael Hickey of The Mask Center in Atlanta will lead investigations about these cosmic connectors and then children will design and build individual plank masks that show a personal interpretation of bridging earth and sky and create a collaborative, group performance to be performed for parents and community at 2 pm on Friday, April 10. 
 
For children ages 8-12.  Camp sessions are $185 per week for Carlos Museum members; $225 per week for non-members. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional $60 per week. Space is limited.  Please register by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.
Family Concerts

The Carlos Museum offers an exciting series of chamber music concerts for children and families performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Family concerts are a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Concerts last for approximately one hour. For dates and times for specific concerts, please visit the Museum's online calendar of events.
 

Sunday, October 26
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Babar the Elephant
Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale set to beautiful solo piano music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by the legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta, Lois Reitzes.

Sunday, December 14
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
We welcome back Old Saint Nick himself to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.

Friday, January 30
7:30 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Pajama Concert - Music of the Night Sky
Enjoy great music with some hot chocolate on a cold winter evening and, if you like, wear your pajamas and bring a pillow!

Sunday, March 22
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Atlanta's Young Artists
Some of the area's finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.

Sunday, April 12
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Beethoven in Blue Jeans
Come hear and meet the master himself! Ludwig van B. comments on his life and music as the Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom perform a variety of music from Bach to the present.

All Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

Seating is limited and is first come, first serve.

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation.







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Camp Carlos 2015

The Michael C. Carlos Museum celebrates twenty-two years of providing exceptional summer programs in which children and teenagers explore the human impulse to create works of art. Camp Carlos offers participants imaginative and innovative opportunities to explore the ways in which people throughout time and across cultures have created works of art.

All sessions of camp include studio activities with some of Atlanta's best practicing visual artists, and visits to the Carlos Museum galleries, where campers learn from artists of the ancient world.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Aftercare is available from 3 to 5 pm. Camp sessions are $185 per week for Carlos Museum members; $225 per week for non-members. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional $60 per week. For more information please call 404.727.0519.

Informtion about Camp Carlos 2015 will be available in January, 2015. 
For Families: Explore the Greek and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our New Family Guides!
Thanks to the generosity of the Ceres Foundation and to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carlos is pleased to offer family guides to our Greek and South Asian collections.  Featuring die-cut images of objects in the collection, lively text, and quotes from ancient sources, these collectable guides make exploring the galleries fun for children as they search for the featured objects and discover more about them.

The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.