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.

Special Family Events

Abenaki Storytelling and Musical Event with Joseph Bruchac

Sunday, December 6, 2 pm 
Reception Hall, Level Three

Joseph Bruchac is coming to the Carlos Museum! Bruchac is a prolific writer with many beautiful children’s books to his credit, including The First Strawberries and Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places. His critically acclaimed, best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his Keepers series integrates science and folklore. Bruchac is also a Native North American scholar, collector of myths and legends, preserver of Abenaki culture, poet, musician, educator, and perhaps most of all, extraordinary storyteller. He will spend a Sunday afternoon with families sharing his stories and traditional Abenaki songs and instruments. The Carlos Museum Bookshop will be offering a variety of Bruchac’s books for sale at the event. 

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

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: Bill and Pete
Saturday, January 9, 10 am 
Egyptian Galleries, Level One
Travel the Nile River with Bill the crocodile and his bird- toothbrush Pete in this Tomie de Paola story set in Egypt. Hunt for images from the story, like the sacred blue water lilies, in the Egyptian galleries before heading downstairs to make paper crocodiles.


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

Saturday, February 20, 10 am 
African Gallery, Level Three

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.


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: Yup’ik Masks 
Sunday, November 22, 2–4 pm  
Tate Room, Plaza Level
Arctic peoples of coastal Alaska share the belief that there are many types of people—human people, animal people, and other-than-human people—mysterious beings represented in the beautiful composite masks and dance ornaments they made. Teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will lead children on an exploration of these objects and their special meaning to the Yup’ik and Alutiiq people of the North before making their own mask in the studio. Ages 9 to 12.


Children’s Workshop: Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Sunday, January 10, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level
Egyptologist Annie Shanley will show children how to read and write ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. In the galleries, children will decode hieroglyphs on coffins, tomb reliefs, and statues before learning the hieroglyphic alphabet and how to write their names in glyphs. For ages 6–8. 


Children’s Workshop: Deciphering the Coffin of Nebetit
Sunday, January 24, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level
The coffin of Nebetit was one of the first objects to join the Egyptian collection back in 1921. Decipher the hieroglyphs that decorate the coffin with Egyptologist Annie Shanley and discover their magical purpose. Create your own “offering formula” with ink and reed pens on papyrus. For ages 9–12.

Children’s Workshop: Ndebele Painted Houses
Sunday, February 21, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level
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.  

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

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Teen Programs

Carlos Reads YA! Wabanaki Blues 
DATE CHANGE: Friday, December 4, 6 pm
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three
The first Carlos Reads book club for young adults will feature Wabanaki Blues by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (Mohegan).  Teens will have a rare opportunity to talk about the book in an informal setting with Emory professor, Dr. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma.  Experience the Carlos after hours, view art and video from contemporary Native American youth, and explore the art of the Eastern Woodlands in the special exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art.  
The 2015 novel Wabanaki Blues is hard to classify; the labels “rise to fame,” “murder mystery,” “suspense,” and “romance” are accurate but insufficient. The story’s protagonist, Mona Lisa LaPierre, is a teenage Mohegan/Abenaki/French-Canadian blues musician whose professor parents force her to spend a summer away from her urban Hartford, Connecticut home in the remote New Hampshire woods. There, with her quirky grandfather and a fellow musician/love interest, Del, she begins to unravel two big mysteries: The significance of some family secrets involving bears; and the unsolved murder of a girl who once attended her Hartford high school and who turns out to have some New Hampshire ties of her own.
Pre-register for Carlos Reads YA! by November 20.  Fee includes cost of Wabanaki Blues.  Come by the Education Office on the Plaza Level of the Carlos Museum to pick up the book.  Be sure to read the book before the meeting on December 4.  Refreshments will be served.   Ages 13 to 17.

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'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 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.

Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
Sunday, December 13, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

We welcome back Old Saint Nick himslef to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.

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 marshmellows 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 on 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

Camp Carlos 2015 was a summer full of explorations and art-making!  Children created sand paintings, medicine bags, clay effigy pots and more in conjunction with the special exhibition Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.  They explored the cultural contact between the ancient worlds of Egypt and Greece as related to the Rick Riordan short story The Staff of Serapis, a cross-over from the Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles series.  Children created a collaborative comic book based on the Indian epic, The Ramayana.  They were actors, pencilers, inkers, and colorists, as well as art historians, examing the eighteenth century Indian miniatures of the Ramayana in the Carlos Museum collection.  Teens created sculptures in wax and then turned them into bronze sculptures using the ancient lost wax casting technique with the artists at Inferno Art Foundry. 

Registration for Camp Carlos 2016 will open January 15 for Carlos Museum members and on February 1 for non-members.  For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Camp Carlos 2015 was 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.

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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