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.

Camp Carlos 2017
Registration will open for Carlos Museum members on January 23 and will open on February 6 for non-members. Camp sessions are $205 per week for Carlos Museum members; $245 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 is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare. This two-week session costs $410 for Carlos Museum members; $490 for non-members. To register, please fill out the Camp Carlos Registration Form and send to Ana Vizurraga at avizurr@emory.edu.

Spring Break Art Camp: Travelers to Greece
April 3-7; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level  (ages 7-12)
Artist and designer Marie DeGeorge will lead students on an adventure through Greek art and architecture in the special exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles: Earliest Travelers to Greece and the museum’s permanent collection of Greek art. Using mixed media such as drawing, painting, pen and ink, mosaic and collage, students will study and interpret architectural elements, sculpture, and other aspects of ancient Greek culture.

The Trials of Apollo
June 5-9; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
June 12-16; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12)
Handsome and confident Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, music, poetry, and archery, woke up in a dumpster in Brooklyn, NY, in the body of awkward 16 year-old Lester Papadopoulos. Luckily for him, Percy Jackson and the other heroes of Camp Half-Blood are there to help! Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will use a variety of media to compare Rick Riordan’s The Trials of Apollo series with images of Apollo in the museum’s collection. Children will also try their hands at several of Apollo’s specialties including writing “terrible haikus” and an archery experience at the Archery Learning Center* in Snellville.
 
 
A Moving Identity
June 19-23; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
June 26-30; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12)
Still objects can express movement and even dance in varied ways – from the female shaman transforming into a deer to the bronze, dancing Krishna to the Dogon mask that links earth and sky through dance. With Lori Teague, choreographer and professor of dance at Emory, children will learn to use movement improvisations and dance compositions to interpret these objects and others, as well as explore the multiple ways that their own identity is shaped by culture.
 
 
Silkscreen Interpretations for Teens
July 10-14 and 17-21; 10 AM-4 PM, Tata Room, Plaza Level (ages 13-18)
With artist and president of the Atlanta Printmakers Studio Deborah Sosower, teens will learn all parts of the silkscreen process including creating screens from original drawings using emulsion, building layers of color using different screens, and pulling multiple prints. Teens will not only study silkscreen prints from the museum’s Works on Paper collection, they will also choose an object from any of the collections to interpret in their own silkscreen print series.
 
Lions and Vultures and Snakes – Oh, My!
July 24-28; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 7-9)
July 31-Aug 4; 9 AM-3 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level (ages 10-12)
Children will visit Zoo Atlanta* to investigate animal forms, movements, and behaviors, recording their impressions in field journals and in clay maquettes. In the galleries, children will explore how artists have interpreted animals across cultures before creating their own animal interpretations in clay with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.


*Admission and transportation fees included in the cost of the camp.

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 Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.
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.

Ancient Greece
Saturday, February 11
10AM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children will explore images of Greek temples in the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles and learn about columns—Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and even columns that look like women! Then, in the studio, they will make paper “column hats.”
THIS PROGRAM HAS NOW FILLED AND RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.


For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion. These programs are free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at avuley@emory.edu or 404-727-0519.




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

Makonde Clay Vessel
Sundays, February 19 & 26†
2 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

In two consecutive sessions, children will make large, decorated coil pots with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga. In the first session, children will examine a Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique and the intricate designs incised on its surface. Children will then use the same techniques used to make this pot to make their own. In the second session, they will apply a kaolin wash to their fired pots and learn about the importance of water in cultures around the world through the Carlos collections.
THIS WORKSHOP HAS NOW FILLED AND RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
For 8-12 year olds. 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.


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 Workshop: The Book of the Dead
Friday, January 20
6-8 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Known by various names—The Book of Coming Forth by Day, The Book of Emerging Forth into the Light, The Book of the Dead—are ancient Egyptian funerary texts that record magic spells to assist the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Egyptologist Clare Fitzgerald will lead teens on an exploration of The Book of the Dead in an after-hours experience in the Egyptian galleries and in the art studio.

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.
 


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.


Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, March 26
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Some of the area’s finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.



 
Pajama Concert
Friday, April 7
7:30 PM, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy Musical Nighttime Stories performed by the Vega Quartet with some hot chocolate and marshmallows -- and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!
 




Musical Animals
Sunday, April 23
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf narrated by Lois Reitzes, legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta. With pianists Elena Cholakova and William Ransom.


 

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring 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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