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

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) 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)
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.
Special Family Events
Sand Mandala Family Event
Saturday, March 25; Noon–2 pm
Ackerman Hall, Level Three

During Tibet Week, monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a sand mandala of the White Tara, who offers healing for both bodies and minds. Before the closing ceremony and the symbolic, ritual “withdrawing” of the mandala at 2 pm on Saturday, museum guests will have the opportunity to use Tibetan chak-purs and brightly colored sand to create their own sand paintings.

The event is open to the general public from noon–2 pm. Free for Carlos Museum members; $10 for non-member adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 16, free for children 5 and under. Includes admission
to the galleries. Reserve your spot at
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.

When Woman Became the Sea
Saturday, April 15; 10 am, Art of the Americas Galleries

With the animals of Costa Rica—tiny frogs and huge toads, birds, crabs, and a coiled-up snake—looking on, children will hear the ancient story of Sibu the creator and his struggle to complete the world. Susan Strauss’ version of this creation myth of the BriBri of Costa Rica has been lushly illustrated by Cristina Acosta. Children will look closely at images of snakes in the galleries, and then make walking sticks that may, or may not, turn into a slithering serpent.

The Little Hippo
Saturday, May 13; 10 am, Egyptian Galleries

Seated beneath the blue faience bowl decorated with Nile lilies, children will hear the story of an Egyptian blue hippo by Anja Klauss, beautifully illustrated by Geraldine Elschner. In the studio, children will make their own blue hippopotamus figure to decorate with Nile lilies just like the little Hippo and his family.

For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion. These programs are free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 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

Hanuman’s Ramayana
Saturday, April 15; 2–4 pm, Ackerman Hall

As Hanuman’s Ramayana unfolds, so does the idea that there is no one version of the well-loved story, but many—a fundamental comment on the nature of all myths. A story belongs to no one person. It can have as many forms as there are tellers, it can grow and change, and each time 
it makes us see it afresh. Gauri Misra-Deshpande will share the monkey-
god’s version of the Indian story in front of the wooden Hanuman figure from Nigeria in the African Gallery. Children will then create their own stories on fresh, green banana leaves while munching on sweet plantain chips. Ages 6–8.

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.

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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