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, Panton Capital Holdings, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Special Family Events

Dogon Cloud Catchers with Blacksmith Jason Smith
Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Loading Dock and African Cosmos Exhibition, Level Three

According to Dogon mythology, the blacksmith stole fire from the sun to heat his forge. Then he created iron “cloud-catchers” to bring the rain. The Carlos welcomes Atlanta blacksmith Jason Smith of Smithworks Iron and Design, to work with people of all ages to create “cloud-catchers” on his portable forge. Docent-guided tours of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts will be offered on the hour beginning at 10 am.

THIS EVENT HAS FILLED AND NO MORE RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Free to Carlos Museum members; $10 for non-members. Register for your time at the forge by calling 404 727-0519. 

In recognition of Member Appreciation Day, Carlos Museum members are invited to register for this event at no charge and to enjoy hot chocolate and sweets in the Tate Room throughout the day.

Family "Light Experiments"
Friday, March 20, 7 pm
Reception Hall, Third Level

As the blackout shades come down, and the lights go out, Marcus Neustetter will work with children and families to create a number of "light experiments," from shadow puppets to site installations and projections made from light. 

Children under 16 must have an adult companion. Fee: $10 per family for Carlos Museum members; $20 per family for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404 727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.




 

Tibetan Sand Painting with Children
Friday, March 27, 5 pm to 7 pm
Reception Hall, Third Level and Tate Room

Children of all ages are invited to observe the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery at work on the sand mandala of Avalokiteshvara during Emory University's annual Tibet Week celebration. Children will then create own personal multicolored sand painting using traditional copper tools and brightly colored sand.
THIS EVENT HAS FILLED AND NO MORE RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
This event is free, but registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.
 

This event is free with Museum admission, but registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.


Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguertite Colville Ingram Fund. The exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with the Creation Stories Project have been made possible by generous grants from the Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; and the Massey Charitable Trust, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 


Spring Break Art Camp
Spring Break Art Camp: Bridging Earth and Sky: The Dogon of Mali
Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10

9 am - 3 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level

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. ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT!  Please register by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Spring Break Art Camp 2015 is made possible by a generous gift from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.
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.

The teen camp session is two weeks and is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare.  The cost for the two week session is $370 for Carlos Museum members; $450 for non-members and includes all materials and transportation.

For more information please call 404.727.0519.  To register your child, please fill out the Camp Carlos 2015 Registration Form and email to Ana Vizurraga at avizurr@emory.com.

Spider Woman to Horned Serpent
Monday-Friday, June 1-5 for children ages 7-9.
Monday-Friday, June 8-12 for children ages 10-12.

Children will explore a variety of Native North American cultures including Navajo, Zumi, Cherokee, Pueblo, and ancient Mississippian in conjunction with the special exhibition Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.  Artist Ana Vizurraga will teach children how to create their own clay effigy bowls, sand paintings, medicine bags, and more using traditional techniques. 

The Staff of Serapis
Monday-Friday, June 15-19 for children ages 7-9.
Monday-Friday, June 22-26 for children ages 10-12.
THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
Camp Carlos heads back into the worlds of Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles with teaching artist, Cathy Amos, to explore the contact between ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures in the Carlos Museum collections and in the studio. As Annabeth explains in Rick Riordan’s crossover story, “The Staff of Serapis”: “Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, and after he died, his general Ptolemy took over.  He wanted the Egyptians to accept him as their pharaoh, so he mashed the Egyptian gods and Greek gods together and made up new ones.” “Sounds messy,” Sadie said. “I prefer my gods unmashed.”


Lost Wax Bronze Casting for Teens
Monday-Friday, July 6-10 and 13-17
Artists from the Inferno Art Foundry in Union City will lead teens in discovering the ancient and complex process of lost wax bronze casting.  In the first week, teens will sculpt original pieces in wax, inspired by the diverse bronze works in the Greek, Egyptian, and Asian galleries.  The second week, participants will travel to Inferno Art Foundry to create molds of their wax sculpture, cast their piece in molten bronze, and then chase and finish their bronze sculpture.  For teens ages 13-17.





Miniatures to Comics: Stories from India
Monday-Friday, July 20-24 for children ages 7-9.
Monday-Friday, July 27-31 for children ages 10-12.

Visual storytelling in many formats has been an important way to share the epic stories of India for hundreds of years.  Children will look at the 18th century Indian miniature paintings in the Carlos collection, a “kavad” or storytelling box from northwest India, and Indian comic books from Amar Chitra Katha, Campfire Graphic Novels, and Liquid Comics, before writing and illustrating their own comic book adventure with artist Joseph R. Wheeler III.







Camp Carlos 2015 is made possible in part by a generous gift from Panton Capital Holdings. Additional sponsorship for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, 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.


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.

The Coming of Night
Saturday, March 7
10 am, Exhibition Galleries, Level Three
The Coming of Night is a Yoruba creation myth from West Africa that explains how the cool darkness of the night came to be. After hearing the story and looking at the art of the Yoruba in the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, children will make “creatures of the night” rubbings using conteĢ crayons.







Creation Stories of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
Saturday, April 25
10 am, Exhibition Galleries, Level Three
Travel across Africa, stopping along the way to discover creation stories from the Tabwa, Khoi San, Yoruba,and ancient Egypt, with Ghanaian storyteller, Griselda Lartey, before creating images with Adinkra stamps from the Asante of Ghana.

Why the Sky is Far Away
Saturday, May 9
10 am, Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

The Bini of Nigeria have been telling Why the Sky is Far Away to their children for more than 500 years to teach them the importance of respecting the earth and sky. Like the people in the story who now must grow their own food, children will plant seedlings to take home and care for.
 

This program is made possible through the generous support of 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.
 

Ptah and Egyptian Creation
Sunday, February 8

2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
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.
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

The Power of the Sun
Sunday, March 1

2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
After exploring Garth Erasmus’ painting The Power of the Sun in the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, children will create sgraffitto (scratch) paintings using the same technique as the Khoisan-descended artist. For ages 6-8 years.  Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Space is limited.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Balamwezi: The Rising of the Full Moon
Sunday, March 8

2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Made with glass beads, fur, monkey hair, cloth and feathers, the beaded mask from the Tabwa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the exhibition features the balamwezi triangle pattern representing rising of full moon.  Create moon masks with original designs and beadwork with textile artist Marie DeGeorge.

For ages 9-12 years.  Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Space is limited.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Baltu Painted Screens
Sunday, April 19

2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Nigerian Mambila painted screens, called baltu, decorated small shrine houses that held sacred objects used in rituals. Artist Ande Cook will work with children to make painted screens using natural fibers and pigments like those used in the baltu featured in the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.

For ages 6 to 8 years.  Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Sunday, April 26
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Calabash of Existence
Create Yoruba calabash sculptures representing the earthly plane below and the celestial above with artist Ana Vizurraga.

For ages 9-12 years.  Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Space is limited.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Soulwasher Disks
Sunday, May 3

2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Akan gold soul washer disks, akrafokonmu, are the mark of the royal officials who maintain the spiritual health of the king and thereby, his kingdom. Goldsmith Alan Bremer will work with children to make their own soul washer disks.

For ages 9 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

Akan Crowns with Celestial Messages
Sunday, May 10
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Create Akan crowns of black velvet with gold symbols that convey celestial messages with goldsmith Alan Bremer.

For ages 6 to 8 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.
 

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

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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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.