School Tour Options

In accordance with Emory University's COVID-19 policies, the Carlos Museum is currently able to schedule in-person group tours for students aged 12 years or older that take place after February 1, 2022. Please note that masks are required at all times while on Emory University's campus.

Highlights of the Collection 

Capacity: 50 Students

On Highlights Tours, students participate in interactive, inquiry-based conversations that introduce them to the art and cultures represented in the collections of the Carlos Museum. Highlights Tours offer an overview of the entire collection or can be focused on ancient Egypt and the Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, the art of the Americas, 19th- and 20th-century Africa, or Buddhist and Hindu art from South Asia. 

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Special Exhibitions

And I Must Scream
On view January 29 – May 15, 2022
Capacity: 50 Students

Grades K - 12

And I Must Scream features the work of ten local, national and international contemporary artists who employ monstrous, grotesque, and humanoid figures and forms to engage five themes—corruption and human rights violations, displacement, environmental destruction, pandemics, and renewal. The exhibition shows these crises to be both urgent and interconnected and acts as a call to action. 

The exhibition features photographs, sculptures, paintings, drawings and site-specific installations by Laeïla Adjovi (Benin/France), Anida Yoeu Ali (Cambodia), Steve Bandoma (DRC), Amie Esslinger (United States), Ganzeer, (Egypt), Cannupa Hanska Luger (United States- Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota), Thameur Mejri (Tunisia), Kahn & Selesnick (US & UK), Yinka Shonibare (UK), and Fabrice Monteiro (Benin/Belgium).

Through guided tours of the exhibition, students will explore the ways in which these artists have responded to these issues of our own making. The tours are designed to build visual literacy skills and emphasize concepts such as interdependence, interconnectedness, compassion, and personal and collective responsibility.  

 

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Tour by Collection Area(s)

Capacity: Varies by Collection 
Collection areas available for tours include Africa, the Art of the Americas, ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, and South Asia. If you would like to combine several areas of the collection, please make note in your tour reservation.

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Animals in Art | Grades K-5

Capacity: 50 Students

Explore the ways in which cultures around the globe have understood, interpreted, and depicted the animals in their environment. Students are encouraged to make observations and inferences that foster visual literacy. As they explore artistic interpretations of animals across the collections, students will learn that the ancients were keen observers of nature whose relationship with nature helped shape their perception of the world around them. 

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Guiding Questions

  • How did the keen observation of animals in their natural habitats give form to a culture’s conception of the divine?  
  • How can an animal represent certain characteristics (clever, lucky) in one culture and very different characteristics (evil, conniving) in another?  
  • What aspects of the animal’s appearance or behavior has the artist highlighted? What does that say about how the animal was viewed?  
  • What do these objects tell us about how these cultures interacted with, viewed, and revered animals? How is that different (or similar) from our relationship with animals?  

AP Art History | Grades 9-12  

Capacity: 50 Students

Prepare for the “250” at the Carlos Museum. From works of art on “the list” like Maria and Julian Martinez’s black-on-black pottery to other objects from cultures across the globe, time spent in the Carlos galleries offers students the opportunity to connect with the artistic process, strengthen their visual literacy skills through examination and analysis, and contextualize works of art they study in the classroom.  

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Guiding Questions

  • What is art, and how is it made?  
  • How do artistic decisions about artmaking shape a work of art?  
  • What can you infer about a work of art by analyzing its form, function, content, and context?  
  • What variables can lead to multiple interpretations of a work of art?  

Archaeology | All Grades  

Capacity: 30 Students

As they explore the galleries, students will hear about pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will learn about the methods archaeologists use to analyze objects once they have come out of the ground, including drawing, x-ray, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to the understanding of material culture.  

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Guiding Questions

  • How can archaeology help us interpret the past?  
  • What is the benefit of scientific techniques in archaeology? What methods are helpful? Why?  
  • How have scientific techniques helped us understand the values and behavior of cultures from the past?  

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis: Latin | Grades 6-12  

Capacity: 35 Students

Since “art is long and life, short,” seize the day and visit Ulysses, Menelaus, Europa, and the emperor Tiberius in the galleries of the Carlos Museum. Students will discover the importance of Roman portraiture and propaganda, reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil, explore Roman funeral rituals, and translate inscriptions on cinerary urns.  

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Guiding Questions

  • How was Greco-Roman culture depicted through art?  
  • How were visual representations of myths and stories about gods and goddesses used to highlight Roman values?  
  • How did Roman politicians use visual culture to assert their power across an empire?  

Belief, Behavior, and Belonging | Grades 6-12 

Capacity: 50 Students

In a pluralistic society, religious literacy is essential. The collections of the Carlos Museum provide an opportunity for students to engage with the ways in which religion has shaped cultures since the beginning of civilization. Works of art can communicate a culture’s beliefs and behaviors and can spark conversations about ways in which ethics, values, and beliefs influence individual behavior and create a shared sense of belonging. Developed in conjunction with Georgia 3Rs Project, this interactive tour is designed to promote dialogue and understanding. 

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Guiding Questions

  • What is religion?  
  • Why is it important to learn about religions other than your own?  
  • How do cultures develop shared values and beliefs? What factors shape these beliefs? How do works of art reflect a culture’s belief systems and ritual behaviors? 
  • How do beliefs, ethics, or values influence different people’s behavior?  

Drawing in the Galleries | All Grades  

Capacity: 50 Students

Extending the long tradition of drawing in museums, close looking and drawing exercises in the galleries of the Carlos will introduce or reinforce the principles and elements of art and increase visual literacy and observation skills.  

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Guiding Questions

  • How have artists and artisans from the past utilized the principles and elements of art and design?  
  • How can studying existing objects and works of art throughout history contribute to a young artist’s practice?  

The Science Behind Art Conservation | Grades 4-12  

Capacity: 50 Students

Students learn to think like a conservator, understanding the real-world questions and problems that museums confront when working with material that can be thousands of years old. This interactive tour examines three major areas on which conservators focus: research, treatment, and prevention.

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Guiding Questions

  • What is art conservation?  
  • What do conservators do to prevent damage to works of art? How do they conduct research? How do conservators determine appropriate treatment strategies? 
  • How do chemistry, physics, and biology inform conservation?  
  • Why is conservation important in the care of museum objects?  
  • What scientific and ethical questions do conservators consider before treating an object?  

Water: The Source of Civilization | All Grades  

Capacity: 50 Students

Students are invited to explore the ways in which different cultures have approached the excess and scarcity of water and how this natural resource has influenced civilization throughout history, particularly through art, design, ritual, and religion.   

 

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Guiding Questions

  • What can works of art tell us about the environment in which they were created? 
  • How do cultures respond to the excess or scarcity of water?  
  • How does water help to shape the social structure of a culture? 
  • How is control of water related to power? 
  • What role does water play in religious belief and ritual? 
  • What materials have artists associated with water?