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.

Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers

PLU Courses for Teachers

June 10-13, 2014
Threads of Life: Ancient and Contemporary Central and South American Fiber Arts
2 PLU's

This course will introduce teachers to the history of textiles from Mesoamerica southward to the ancient Andes, and to present day Mexico and the brightly colored yarn paintings of the Wixarika people. The ancients spun and died fibers from plants and animals to create finely woven cloth considered the highest status art form. Textiles were presented as diplomatic gifts to the invading Spanish in order to demonstrate the Inkas’ superior wealth and sophisticated artistic ability. Rebecca Bailey, faculty curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Carlos Museum will discuss the history and position of fiber arts in the cultures of the Americas.  Guest artists Paula Vester and Ana Vizurraga will lead teachers in workshops that can be adapted to the classroom.  Teachers will learn about the Inka record keeping system of knotted cords called a quipu, how to spin alpaca fiber, create and use natural dyes, weave a simple pouch or a belt using a traditional back-strap loom, and create a yarn painting with symbols drawn from the Wixarika culture.

Fee:  $100 Carlos Museum Members, $140 non-members
To register email Julie Green - jgree09@emory.edu
Workshops for Teachers

Teachers tell us that the workshops and PLU courses at the Michael C. 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 glass-making and the ancient and alluring plant material indigo.

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 $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To register contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.

This year's workshops include:

Thursday, September 19

5pm, Tate Room

Mapping for the Classroom

Teachers will explore the maps in the special exhibition, Antichita, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, focusing especially on the sixteenth-century reconstruction of the ancient city by Pirro Ligorio.  Michael Page, cartographer with Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship will lead teachers in a discussion of maps as symbolic drawings of physical features as well as subjective experiences of place.  The workshop will include strategies and techniques to use in the classroom for mapping familiar places as a means of understanding geography, history, and ones individual relationship to a physical place.

Thursday, October 24

5pm, Tate Room

The Roman Connection

Eric Varner, Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Emory, will lead K-12 classroom teachers through the exhibition Antichita, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, and explore the permanent collection of ancient Roman art, noting relationships and connections between Ligorio’s reconstruction of the ancient city from 1561 and the antiquities at the Carlos Museum.

Thursdays, November 7 and 14

5pm, Tate Room

Indigo in Africa: Two-Part Workshop

As a substance and a color, indigo in Africa is invested with rich symbolism and purpose. Join Dr. Jessica Stephenson, assistant professor of art history at Kennesaw State University, in exploring the uses of indigo— from prestige textiles to pigment rubbed into shrine sculpture. In the second part of the workshop Atlanta fiber artist Paula Vester will lead teachers through the indigo-dyeing process using traditional wooden stamps and stitching-and-gathering techniques that may be adapted for the classroom.  Fee:  $15 for members, $25 non-members.

Thursday, January 23

5pm, Tate Room
Bearden and the Black Odyssey

Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s Odyssey series created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African American culture. Join Atlanta artist Kevin Sipp in a journey through the exhibition and exploring the universality of Odysseus’ search for home.  While Bearden experimented with many different media and artistic styles, he may be best known for his richly textured collages. In the studio, teachers will participate in a collage workshop and learn techniques to adapt this art form to classroom learning.

Thursday, January 30

5pm, Tate Room
Romare Bearden and Homer's Odyssey

Join Dr. Jasper Gaunt, curator of Greek and Roman art at the Carlos Museum for a look at Odysseus’ journey in Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey and in sculpture and on Greek vases in the museum’s permanent collection. Included will be a cuirass or breastplate beautifully articulated as an early example of life size sculpture, several representations of the bewitching siren, a scene of the fall of Troy with Menelaus confronting Helen in the Temple of Athena, and a monumental, twenty-five foot mosaic depicting the Greeks and Amazons battling the Trojans.

Thursday, April 3                     THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

5pm, Tate Room
Sacred Writing: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt

Egyptologist Andrea Shanley, will lead this workshop, exploring the formal writing reserved for religious texts, literally “sacred writing”.  Dr. Shanley will discuss the education of scribes and how to read standard funerary texts, and will lead teachers through a lesson to form basic hieroglyphs. Armed with their new knowledge, teachers will go into the Egyptian galleries to decipher some of the ancient writing on an Old Kingdom false door, a papyrus fragment, and coffins from the Middle Kingdom through the 26th dynasty.

Thursday, April 17

5:30 pm, Tate Room
Fire Power: Ancient Glass Workshop

Ancient Glass was often deemed the work of craftsmen using magic as they transformed the common materials of sand, salts, and ash into translucent wonders with fire.  Andrea Shanley, Egyptologist and specialist in ancient glass, will introduce teachers to the history of glass and tour them through the ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman collections. Teachers will work with artists from Janke Glass Studio and experiment with three glass-making processes—bead-making, mille fiore, and glass-blowing.  Fee:  $20 for members, $30 for non members.  Registration is required by emailing     Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.
Evening for Educators

Thursday, January 9

5pm, Reception Hall
Evening for Educators

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey features one of the preeminent artists of the twentieth century exploring the enduring themes of Homer’s Odyssey. This exhibition simultaneously expands our view of the Bearden canon and his influence as an artist, while reinforcing Homer’s continuing relevance as a poet.  K-12 teachers are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, tour the Romare Bearden exhibition, and hear an introduction to the themes of the show by Kevin Sipp, local artist and former curator of The Hammonds House Museum. The Bookshop will offer a 10% discount for teachers this night only. This is a FREE event. RSVP is required by emailing Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.
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Funding for Field Trips

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