Teacher Programs

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

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PLU Course for Teachers, Summer 2016
Beyond the West:  Art and Religion in Africa and South Asia.
June 6, 7 and 8, 2016/ Two PLUs

In this course, teachers will have an opportunity to work with Emory faculty, Carlos Museum curators, and local artists to explore the artistic and religous traditions of Africa and South Asia.  Teachers will explore the richness of African religions that merge traditional practices with Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism through the newly reinstalled African galleries, Hindu traditions both in India and here in Atlanta, and Buddhism in India and Tibet, including a look at the exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine of Alice S. Kandell.  This course will consider the World History and 7th grade social studies curriculum and discuss optional STEAM-related projects in response to the course content.

Fee:  $115 museum members, $130 general public.

To register contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu or call direct at 404-727-2363.

Workshops for Teachers, 2015 - 2016

Teachers tell us that the workshops and PLU courses at the Carlos Museum are unique. They value these programs because of the engaging content and the opportunity to work in small groups with scholars and artists who are not only experts in their areas, but masterful and generous instructors. Join us this academic year for a rich mix of workshops that range from explorations in the galleries with Emory faculty and curators, to hands-on art experiences with guest artists. 

Workshops will be held from 5-7 pm and will meet in the Tate Room on the Plaza Level. Unless otherwise noted the fee is $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members.  To register, contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.

Ganesha and the NEW Odyssey Online South Asia Website
Thursday, September 17, 5 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

On September 17 in many parts of India, a ten-day festival known as Ganesha Chaturthi begins, a celebration of one of the most beloved Hindu deities, Ganesha, the “Lord of New Beginnings” and the “Remover of Obstacles”. Joyce Flueckiger, professor in Emory’s Department of Religion, explores the narratives related to the elephant-headed god, forms of worship practiced here in India and here in Atlanta,  and the museum’s new Odyssey Online: South Asia website, which provides teachers an engaging way to introduce their students to Ganesha though interactive exploration and video. Teachers will also learn how to make traditional clay and leaf images of Ganesha, easily adapted for the classroom.


The Science of Art Conservation
Thursday, September 24, 5 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level              THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Join Chief Conservator RenĂ©e Stein in a steam-related preview of the museum’s new Conservation in the Carlos tour for students. This tour introduces the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art from preventative care to treatment and research. Teachers will be engaged in the “Habits of Mind” outlined in Georgia Performance Standards as they tour the galleries with Ms. Stein. As they explore objects in every area of the museum, iPad technology will allow them to examine the condition of objects prior to treatment, as well as conservation treatments in progress. Science and art conservation resources for teachers are available.  Click on web resources.


Native American Fiction for the Classroom
Thursday, October 22, 5 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, lecturer in the English Department at Emory, will introduce teachers to resources for finding and evaluating children’s and young adult books by Native American authors. She will also highlight specific titles, ranging from picture books to teen fiction, by writers whose communities are represented in Indigenous Beauty. She will share ideas for incorporating these texts into the classroom. 


Arts of Native North America from Ancient Arctic to Contemporary Muscogee
Thursday, October 29, 5 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Assistant Curator of Art of the Americas, Laura Wingfield, will lead teachers through 2,000 years of Amerindian art, from Arctic ivories to Western basketry, Southwestern pottery through Plains leather and beadwork, to Eastern Woodlands sculptures and regalia in two exhibitions on view at the Carlos this fall, Indigenous Beauty and Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art. Connections to the Georgia Performance Standards will be emphasized.

Two Part Workshop:  The Silkscreen Art of Susanne Wenger
Thursday, February 18 and 25, 5 pm

In part one of this two-part workshop, k-12 teachers are invited to explore the exhibition Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: A Collection of Works by Susanne Wenger with Dr. Jessica Stephenson, assistant professor of art history at Kennesaw State University. Wenger, an Austrian artist who lived and worked in Nigeria among the Yoruba, endeavored to revive traditional religion among Nigerians who had drifted away under the influence of western culture. She protected the sacred grove of Oshun and turned it into a place of spiritual renewal and visual delight. In 2005 it was named a unesco World Heritage Site.
     In part two of the workshop, which will last for three hours, artist Deborah Sosower will lead an exploration of Wenger’s print processes in the exhibition and in the studio. Selecting from a series of pre-made screens based on Wenger’s imagery, teachers will create individual compositions and print them. These same screens will be available for teachers to check out from the museum for use in their classroom. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members. Seating is limited and registration is required by contacting Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or jgree09@emory.edu.

Evening for Science Educators

Friday, March 25, 5 pm, Reception Hall Level 3

As part of the Atlanta Science Festival, teachers are invited to learn about the new STEAM tour and the online resource by participating in an interactive "science fair" in the Museum's Reception Hall. Activities from the website will be presented by museum conservators and student members of Emory's chemistry club. Educators will explore the various activities designed specifically for classroom use and paired with Georgia performance standards. Handouts will reference the online resource and address supplies, instructions, student materials, and teacher-developed learning units. Educators will also have the opportunity to experience the Museum's new STEAM tour. The tour was developed by conservators to highlight examples in all collection areas where science impacts long-term care, conservation treatment, and research.  Tour participants will learn how to register their classes for this tour as they see how science informs strategies for the general care of the collections as well as for the treatment of specific objects.  There is no fee for this workshop but registration is required by contacting Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or jgree09@emory.edu.
Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection
Thursday, April 14, 5 pm Tate Room, Plaza Level

Tibetan Buddhist monk Geshe Dadul Namgyal will explore the shrine with k-12 teachers, focusing on the purpose it serves for practitioners, the types of ojbects included, and their meaning within Tibetan Buddhism.

Fee is $12 for museum members and $15 for non-members.  To register, contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.

Funding Your Museum Visit and Bus Transportation

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?

A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation.  Contact Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or jgree09@emory.edu to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to www.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsiblity/grants.

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