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
Through the visual arts, dance, and the written word, artists interpret the world. This summer, children 
at Camp Carlos will have opportunities to work with practicing artists in a variety of disciplines to explore both ancient and contemporary interpretations of Greek myths, use movement to interpret and express culture and identity, compare the appearance and behavior of animals at Zoo Atlanta with representations of those animals across cultures, and create new interpretations of works in the collections through silkscreen printing.

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

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) THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
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 study silkscreen prints from the museum’s Works on Paper collection and choose an object from 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) THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
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.

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

Drawing in the African Galleries
Sunday, April 30; 2–4 pm, Tate Room

From form, texture, and contrast in the beaded bowl figure from Cameroon to the lines and values of the Nyau mask from Malawi, children will explore the elements of art using the rich variety of objects in the African Gallery. After completing drawing exercises in the gallery, children will experiment with techniques to build upon those preliminary sketches in a studio setting with artist Angus Galloway. Ages 9–12.

Fees 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

Support for workshops 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. The 2017-2018 Family Concert Series will be announced in July, 2017.


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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