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, Clara M. and John S. O'Shea, and PNC Bank.

Spring Break Art Camp
Spring Break Art Camp: Sacred Grove Sculpture Installation
Monday-Friday, April 4-8, 9 am-3 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Campers will explore the concepts of sacredness and shrines in two exhibitions Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: Works by Susanne Wenger and Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.  Drawing inspiration from the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove in Nigeria that Susanne Wenger played a pivotal role in conserving, campers will work with Nigerian sculptor Nnamdi Okonkwo to transform the Baker Woodlands into a temporary Sacred Grove. 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.  Please register 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, 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.


 

 
Artful Stories: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me

Saturday, February 20, 10 am 
African Gallery, Level Three
THIS PROGRAM HAS NOW FILLED.

Celebrate the reopening of the African Gallery with Maya Angelou’s classic story of Thandi, a Ndebele girl from South Africa, in My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me. Take a closer look at the intricate beadwork and geometric designs on the Ndebele aprons and then head downstairs to paint your own apron.





Artful Stories: Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas
Saturday, March 19, 10 am
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

Children will sit beneath the towering mountains of the Himalayas and hear a story from Naomi C. Rose’s beautifully illustrated book about a young monk in training and his mysterious encounter.  Children will meet a grown-up Tibetan monk and learn a few words in Tibetan before making paper prayer flags. 
 
 
Artful Stories for Families: I Once Was A Monkey: Stories Buddha Told
Saturday, April 16, 10 am
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

A light shines in a dark cave where Monkey, Turtle, and other animals have sought refuge – but it’s no ordinary light.  It is the Buddha, who shares stories of his lives with his animal companions. After hearing Jeanne M. Lee’s retelling of the Jataka tales in front of the Tibetan Shrine, children will make block prints of the animals featured in the stories. 

 







The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Children's Workshops

Children’s Workshop: Ndebele Painted Houses
Sunday, February 21, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level
THIS PROGRAM HAS NOW FILLED.
The Ndebele people of South Africa use bold, geometrical designs in their beadwork, weaving, and to decorate their houses. Explore the art of the Ndebele in the African gallery before heading downstairs to paint and construct a model house with Caleb Plattner, one of the Carlos Museum’s exhibition designers. For ages 6–8 years.


Childrens Workshop: Mami Wata
Sunday, March 6, 2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
The Ibibio Mami Wata shrine figure from Nigeria will be the subject for a drawing session in the newly reinstalled African galleries with artist Joseph Wheeler.  Mr. Wheeler will share images of Mami Wata throughout the African Diaspora before working with children to create collages using their sketches as a starting point. For ages 9-12. 








Childrens Workshop: Eight Auspicious Symbols
Sunday, March 20, 2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Children will discover the meaning of the eight auspicious symbols on the Tibetan Shrine and then move to the studio to create scroll paintings of them with artist Ana Vizurraga.  For ages 6-8.










Childrens Workshop: Stupas: Mind and Cosmos
Sunday, April 24, 2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
A stupa, or chorten in Tibetan, represents both the Buddha’s mind and the cosmos. Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will lead children on an exploration of the stupas in the Tibetan Shrine and of sacred monumental stupas in India and Tibet before making their own stupas. For ages 9-12. 


Fee for Children's Workshops: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. 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.
Teen Programs

Teen Art Workshop: Swarm of Bees Silkscreening
Sunday, February 28, 1–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level
 
Atlanta printmaker Deborah Sosower will lead teens in the creation of original silkscreens inspired by the exhibition Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: A Collection of Works by Susanne Wenger. Wenger’s nine silkscreens and one wax batik are visual explorations of the European mythology the Austrian-born artist grew up with and the Yoruba praise poetry from her adopted Nigeria. For teens ages 13–18. 
 
Fee for Teen Art Workshop: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members. 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.


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.

Babar the Elephant
Sunday, January 31, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale set to beautiful solo piano music by Francis Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by the legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta, Lois Reitzes.  Bring your own book and follow along!







Pajama Concert
Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Enjoy great music with some hot chocolate and marshmallows on a cold winter evening, and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring a pillow!






Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, April 10, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Some of the area's finest pre-college musicians perform in this exciting annual showcase of what talent abd hard work can produce.



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


Camp Carlos

At the Threshold: Shrines in World Cultures

Monday-Friday, June 6-10 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 13-17 for 10-12 year olds
Children will join artist Ana Vizurraga for an exploration of the concept of shrines in world cultures through the museum’s collections — from the shrines of the river goddess Mami Wata in Nigeria, to the false doors and tomb chapels of ancient Egypt, to the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection. Children will create their own personal shrines using objects both found and constructed.

 




Thangkas and Taras
Monday-Friday, June 20-24 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 27 - July 1 for 10-12 year olds
In conjunction with the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, children will learn about representations of Buddhist deities from Tibet including wrathful deities and Green and White Taras. Illustrator and artist Ande Cook will lead children on an exploration of traditional thangka painting techniques that have been practiced since the seventh century.
 

Teen Camp Carlos: Tibetan Woodcarving
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 10 am to 4 pm for 13-17 years olds
Tibetan woodcarver Yama Phuntsok will share his talents with teenagers in this year’s Teen Camp Carlos.  Teens will investigate the 3-dimensional works in the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World, and take a trip to the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Brookhaven to view the masterfully carved altar there, and then carve their own sculptures out of wood.  
 
 
Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Ancient Greece

Monday-Friday, July 18-22 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, July 25-29 for 10-12 year olds
Children will delve into the Greek myths depicted on ancient painted vessels in the Greek galleries and in the modern retellings of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series with artist Pam Beagle-Daresta.  Children will create their own versions of the Percy Jackson stories in cut paper, painted vases, and other media. 

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 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 from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare. 
 

Registration for Camp Carlos 2016 is now open to Carlos Museum members and will open on February 1 for non-members.  To register your child, please DOWNLOAD the Camp Carlos 2016 Registration Form and email to Ana Vizurraga at avizurr@emory.edu, then call 404-727-4280 to make the payment OR mail the Registration form and a check made payable to the Michael C. Carlos Museum to the Carlos Museum, Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. Your child's place in Camp Carlos is not secured until you have received confirmation of registration and receipt of payment.  

For more information please contact 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, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

For Families: Explore the Greek and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our 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.
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