Education

Workshops for Children

The Office of Educational Programs offers innovative and engaging workshops in which children and their families explore the collections and exhibitions at the Museum. Through in-gallery experiences and art projects, children learn about the arts and cultures of the world.

Sunday, September 14
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Egyptian Hieroglyphs Workshop for Children
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. Due to the popularity of our sold-out Egyptian Hieroglyphs workshop in the spring, this workshop is being offered again for children ages 8 to 12 years.

Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519 or emailing avuley@emory.edu.

Sunday, October 12
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Creation of the Maize People Workshop for Children
In the sacred book of the Maya, the Popul Vuh, the Creator said, “We will make people out of maize.” Children will discover the importance of maize in Maya culture through objects in the Art of the Americas Galleries and in the story The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads. Then they will grind dried corn on a metate and form, cook, and eat tortillas with atole, a sweet maize and cinnamon drink.

For ages 6 to 9 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing avuley@emory.edu.


Sunday, November 2
1-5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
The Maize God and the Hero Twins Workshop for Children
Through illustrations on cylindrical vessels (used by the Maya for chocolate!) and Maya hieroglyphs in the Art of the Americas Galleries, assistant curator Laura Wingfield will introduce children to some of the heroes of the sacred creation book of the Maya, the Popul Vuh. Explore the maize god and the demi-god twins, Ixb’alanke with jaguar patches on his skin and Hunahpu, covered in moles shaped like the moon! Children will create a storytelling cylindrical vessel with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.

For ages 10 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing avuley@emory.edu.
 

Sunday, November 16
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
AVATARS: the Manifestations of Vishnu Workshop for Children
Vishnu, Hindu god of preservation, appears on Earth in different forms in times of strife and disorder in the world. Children will investigate images and stories of the ten forms of Vishnu in the Asian gallery and then create their own avatar, representing their power and responsibility to make the world a better place, with teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing avuley@emory.edu.



 

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 a reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519.

Watákame’s Journey:
The Story of the Great Flood and the New World

Saturday, August 23,
10 am, Art of the Americas Galleries, Level One
Children will hear Watákame’s Journey, the creation story of the Wixárika, amidst the bright colors and bold designs of the yarn paintings, beaded objects, prayer bowls and expressive masks in the special exhibition Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon: Wixárika Arts of Modern West Mexico. Children will create their own small yarn paintings inspired by both the story and the art.
 
Noah's Ark
Saturday, September 13

10 am, Works on Paper Gallery, Level One
Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Honor Book, illustrates the biblical story of Noah and the great good. Children will hear this retelling of Noah’s story surrounded by images from the special exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings. After looking and listening, children will experiment with making original monoprints.

The Popul Vuh
Saturday, October 11

10 am, Art of the Americas Galleries, Level One
How many tries will it take for the Maker and Feathered Serpent to make humans who will give praise and bring offerings of food? Learn the answer in a story from the Popul Vuh, the sacred Maya book of creation, followed by an exploration of Maya art in the Art of the Americas Galleries. Celebrate the creation of the corn people by making and eating traditional Maya food: corn tortillas!

Manu’s Ark: India’s Tale of the Great Flood
Saturday, November 15
10 am, Asian Gallery, Level One
Sitting before an eleventh-century sculpture of Vishnu on the Cosmic Ocean in the Asian Gallery, children will hear a story about Vishnu’s first form or avatar, Matsya the Fish, in Manu’s Ark: India’s Tale of the Great Flood, beautifully retold and illustrated by Emma V. Moore. Children will use rubber stamps that represent characters from the story and ink in the vibrant colors of India to depict Manu’s reward for his kindness.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from PNC Bank.

Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read great works of literature related to the Museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as guides. Previous Carlos Reads groups have read Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, The LIfe of the Buddha, Plato's Symposium, the Ramayana, Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad, and The Lost Mandala of Sherlock Holmes, among others. Sign up to read and discuss one book, or many.

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights, unless otherwise noted, at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Prices vary according to the number of sessions and always include the cost of the book. Registration is required for each club by calling 404 727-6118. 

During the 2013-15 academic year, in conjunction with Emory University's Year of Creation Stories, the book club will focus on creation stories from around the world.

Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers
Mondays, September 29, October 27, November 17, and December 8

The exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings features twelve watercolors by American artist Joan Wadell-Barnes that were commissioned to illustrate an American edition of Thomas Mann’s Joseph and His Brothers. Mann spent sixteen years, from December of 1926 to January of 1943, on what he considered his masterwork, which he called “the Joseph.” He takes the rather brief biblical account of Joseph and retells it in a four-part “comedic song of humanity” in which he attempts to transform “myth into flesh” (“die Fleischwerdung des Mythos”).  Dr. Erdmann Waniek, associate professor emeritus of German Studies at Emory, will guide readers in a discussion of John E. Woods’ 2005 translation of Joseph and His Brothers exploring topics of interest to the participants, for example, the relationship with the biblical story,   the use of myth and irony, the ways in which the events in Germany shaped the text,  and the intense fascination that ancient Egypt held for Mann throughout his life.

Fee: $75 for Carlos Museum members; $100 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book. Registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.
 
The Book of Genesis
Mondays, September 15 and 22

The creation stories in the Book of Genesis (chapters 1-11) are some of the most familiar texts in western religion and culture, but what people remember about these stories is often quite different from what the texts actually say. In fact, the two primary creation accounts, Genesis 1 and 2-3, have different—possibly even contradictory—understandings of the nature and purpose of creation and of human nature. Also odd is the fact that after the world is created, it is destroyed and then re-created in a fashion that recognizes the irrevocable changes that humans themselves have introduced into the creation. Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory, explores the text in this two-part Carlos Reads program.

Fee: $25 for Carlos Museum members; $35 for non-members.  Registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.
 
Ancient Near Eastern Creation Stories
Monday, October 13

The blood of gods mixed with dust. A sea monster split in half. A mound rising from the primeval flood. A very big hoe. These are among the essential elements of ancient Near Eastern creation accounts. Join Joel LeMon, assistant professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology, will lead readers in a discussion of several stories of creation from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant. We will explore how these communities used creation stories to describe their relationships with environment, with the gods, and with each other.
Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members.  Registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Popul Vuh
Monday, November 10

The Quiché Maya book of creation known as the Popol Vuh, originally written in Maya hieroglyphs and translated into Spanish in the sixteenth century, is one of the world’s greatest creation stories. Set in the Guatemalan highlands, it narrates in captivating “word pictures” a vast temporal sweep as the Mayan gods bring the world from darkness into light and create the human lords who then used the Popol Vuh as their “Council Book.” Karen Stolley, professor and chair of Emory’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, leads readers through renowned anthropologist Dennis Tedlock’s translation.

Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $30 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book. Registration required by calling 404-727-6118.
 
Hesiod's Theogony
Monday, December 1

The poet Hesiod (8th/7th cent. B.C.) composed one of the most fascinating and influential of all creation epics, the Theogony or "genesis of the gods". Hesiod saw creation within the framework of "family", organizing the cosmos into a gigantic family tree. We shall see how, as in our own households, relationships appear in terms of  inherited traits and family resemblance . Like many clans of Greek literature, those of Hesiod's creation are rife with sex, love, inter-generational conflict and betrayal. Peter Bing, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Classics, leads readers through Hesiod's creation story.

$25 for Carlos Museum members; $35 for non-members, and includes the cost of the book.  Registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Spring semester book clubs will include creation stories from the Rig Veda; The Origin of LIfe and Death, a compilation of African creation myths by Uli Beier; "Death and the King's Horseman," a play by Wole Soyinka;  the Inka creation story; and Plato's Timaeus.
AntiquiTEA
A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions.
 
Thursday, September 18
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Jennifer Siegler, PhD candidate in Emory’s Art History Department, discusses the maize god in the Maya creation story and in works of art, including an incised ceramic vessel in the Art of the Americas collection.
 
Thursday, October 23
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three

Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of Art of the Americas, discusses Blood and Guano: Bats and Creation in the Art of the Americas. Indigenous peoples from the Americas have revered the bat as a sacred animal for millennia. Bats live in caves at the entrance to Mother Earth and come forth at dusk, prime time for communication with the original spirits in that “other world” of the First Mother. They are not only messengers between this world and that of the spirits, but they also have the power to take away life, particularly vampire bats, and to give it—through their precious guano, a natural fertilizer.
 
Thursday, November 6
4 pm Reception Hall, Level Three

The universe begins in the great cosmic sea. Time and time again, the universe is created and dissolved. After each period of destruction, the universe returns to the great cosmic sea, the sleeping potential of all that can be—empty but for the sweetly sleeping god, Vishnu. Enjoy afternoon chai as Anandi Salinas, graduate student in the Department of Religion, introduces an eleventhcentury sandstone sculpture of Vishnu sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean and how this image, through its brilliant array of narratives, illustrates concepts of time and the endless cycle of creation and dissolution in Hinduism.
Evening for Educators

Friday, September 12,  
5 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three 
Evening for Pre School Teachers
The Carlos Museum educational programs staff invites preschool teachers and program directors to discover the new Artful Stories program for Pre-Schools, and learn why the Carlos Museum is the perfect setting to develop the vital connection between literacy, art and cultures of the world.  Explore the galleries of the Carlos Museum and see some of the books, objects, and activities that will capture the imagination of young visitors, from the The Fate of Achilles and the twenty-five-foot mosaic of Achilles at the Walls of Troy to Tales of the Buddha and the images of Buddha in the Asian collection. Learn about this enriching literacy and art-making experience and receive lesson plans to take back to your classroom.  Wine and light snacks will be served.  Space is limited and registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing avuley@emory.edu

  Friday February 6, 2015
 5 pm,
Reception Hall, Level Three 
 Evening for Educators
 Save the date for a special teacher preview of African Cosmos: Stellar    Arts coming from the National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian      Institution.  Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a 10% discount in the Museum    Bookshop, and an introduction to the exhibition at 5:30 with Amanda Hellman, curator of African Art.  This is a FREE event. RSVP is required by emailing jgree09@emory.edu.

How to Schedule a Tour for Your Homeschool Group

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to avuley@emory.edu or by fax to 404-727-4292.
After typing information into the form please click the Save button at the end of the form.
Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 students per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tour: 50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Directions: Directions to the Museum and Parking Information.
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 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 $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To register contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu.

Teachers who register for five workshops in the Year of Creation series during the upcoming 2014-15 academic year will be eligible for 1 PLU credit from the Georgia Department of Education.  For information about registering for course credit, contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu

This year's workshops include:

Thursday, September 25
5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
The Nippur Deluge Tablet and Noah’s Flood
Brent Strawn, associate professor of Old Testament at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, will introduce teachers to a cuneiform tablet discovered in the ruins of the ancient Babylonian city of Nippur and contextualize it in terms of flood stories from Gilgamesh to Noah.

Thursday, October 16
5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Egyptian Creation: Imagining the Unseen
Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, explores how the ancient Egyptians’ physical environment shaped their understanding of the cosmos and creation.

Thursday, November 20
6 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Creation in the Hindu Cosmos

Anandi Salinas, student in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, will introduce teachers to the god Vishnu and his role in Hindu stories of creation. In the galleries, teachers will view images of Vishnu including one with Brahma seated on a lotus emerging from Vishnu’s navel as he sleeps on the Cosmic Ocean in between cycles of time.
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015
6 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

The Carlos Museum's curator of African Art, Amanda Hellman will introduce teachers to this special exhibition from the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution. This evening includes a special planetarium presentation on the African skyies.


Additional workshops for February - April, 2015 will be posted as dates are confirmed.



 

Homeschool Day at the Carlos

Friday, October 3
12:30 – 3:30 pm, Plaza Level
Homeschool Day at the Carlos Exploring Genesis
Members of the Docent Guild will introduce homeschool families to images of Noah, Jacob and other stories from Genesis in the exhibition God Spoke the Earth, an ancient Mesopotamian flood tablet, and objects in the permanent collection related to the Old Testament.  Homeschool students will be able to make wedge-shaped “cuneiform marks” on clay tablets, roll out cylinder seals, and make a simple print.
 
Homeschool families who pre-register for this event are also invited to the new Pitts Theology Library for a tour of rare books and a book-making activity at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.
Fee: $6 per person; children under 5 are free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling 404-727-4280.
 

PLU Courses for Teachers

2014 - 2015 School Year

Teachers who register for five workshops in the Year of Creation series during the upcoming academic year will be eligible for 1 PLU credit from the Georgia Department of Education.  For information about registering for course credit, contact Julie Green at jgree09@emory.edu
Mummies and Milkshakes
Friday, October 24
6 to 9:30 pm, Levels One and Three
Mummies and Milkshakes


The Carlos Museum and Jake's Ice Cream present the 9th annual Mummies and Milkshakes. Visit animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries, choose your favorite Jake's Ice Cream flavor for a milkshake, and watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and the hilarious Three Stooges short, We Want Our Mummy, followed by Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Milkshakes for sale beginning at 6:30 pm, cartoons at 7 pm, film begins at 7:45 pm.


Free for Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members. Costumes encouraged! Milkshakes sold separately.

Galleries will be open from 6 to 9:30 pm. From 6 to 7:30 pm docents will be in the Egyptian galleries to tour families and answer questions. 

RSVP required by Wednesday, October 22 by calling 404.727.0519.

School Tours
Why should students visit the Carlos Museum? Because throughout time and across cultures, human beings have taken the materials of the earth and created works of art that express their humanity. From the most beautiful work of sculpture to the humblest ceramic pot; these objects reveal the stories of civilization, from belief systems to political philosophies, to societal roles and structures, to patterns of daily life. Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).

Teachers may request tours of the Museum's special exhibitions, specific areas of the permanent collection (up to three galleries, choosing from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, South Asia, Art of the Ancient Americas, and Sub-Saharan Africa), or curriculum-based theme tours designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards. See below for curriculum based themes:

Elementary School

Objects Have Stories to Tell:  Shapes and Symbols.  Designed for the young visitor, the students explore objects by looking for shapes and symbols of diverse cultures. What meaning might the shapes have?  How were they significant to people from long ago who made them? This 45-minute experience includes gallery explorations in small groups with museum docents.  Students draw shapes and symbols, hear ancient stories from Egypt, Greece, or south Asia, and decorate their hands with roller stamps based on the geometric shapes and patterns from the ancient Americas.
NEW Fall 2014

Archaeology. As they explore the galleries, students will learn about pioneering archaeologists like Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. They will discover the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of an object.

Mythology. The Carlos collections abound with images from favorite mythological stories. Put a Percy Jackson spin on the Greek collection and see the Greek myths through the Rick Riordan characters. In the Egyptian galleries explore the battle between Seth and Osiris, and learn about the "weighing of the heart". The Art of the Americas includes the ancient Andean, Maya, and native north American peoples and their imagery. Students can explore character, plot, and setting, but also the larger meanings the myths had for the cultures that developed them.

Majority Rules. Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. The stories on ancient Greek vases depict scenes from the classics of Greek literature from the Trojan War to Odysseus’ voyage; the stories that are the exemplar of excellence and honor. Students will dress in a chiton and learn what it meant to be a Greek citizen; they will wear the olive wreath of the victorious Olympic athlete; and they will barter with blow-up versions of coins from the collection. Visit www.carlos.emory.edu for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.
Middle School

7th Grade:  Continuity and Change: Material Culture in AFrica and South Asia. This journey through the galleries explores objects related to Hinduism and Buddhism including Durga subduing the buffalo demon, and Buddha in the famous “calling the earth to witness” posture. Oil lamps, pilgrim flasks, and images of Jonah swimming represent only a few of the objects created during the formative years of Judaism and Christianity. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from the traditional, indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam. Objects that reflect the influence of European colonization can be seen in traditional shrine sculptures that include images based on imported objects such as umbrellas, top hats, and teapots. The gold figures and weights from Ghana come from the Asante people who once controlled the gold trade and developed kente cloth, the fabric that has come to represent the rich cultures of Africa throughout much of the world.


The Ancient Americans Before the Collision of Cultures. Students explore the civilizations that were in place when the Europeans arrived. Learn about the economic system that united the enormous Inka Empire through the use of a knotted code. The importance of maize is seen in planting implements, painted ceramics, and jewelry. The art of personal adornment is highlighted from giant, gold earspools and labrets to body paint. Students will have an opportunity to decorate their bodies with patterns based on the ancient American roller stamps in the museum.

African Kingdoms. Explore the great African kingdoms including the Asante, Yoruba, and the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. Students will be introduced to images of power in warrior figures, elite jewelry, ritual weapons, and objects that represent spiritual power contained in masks and a magnificent egungun costume. Objects that reflect the influence of European colonization can be seen in traditional shrine sculptures that include images based on imported objects such as umbrellas, top hats, and teapots. The gold figures and weights from Ghana come from the Asante people who once controlled the gold trade and developed kente cloth, the fabric that has come to represent the rich cultures of Africa to much of the world. For additional resources for the African collections, see Discovery Outreach Program Royal Class: Kente, Gold Trade and the Asante Kingdom.

High School

World History. Explore the ancient Mediterranean world, birthplace of writing and laws. See Egyptian and Nubian art showcasing decorated coffins, mummies, and hieroglyphs on papyrus and carved in stone. The Classical galleries emphasize the great stories of civilization on painted pottery and include objects from ancient athletic games, architecture, theater and beautifully crafted items traded throughout the Mediterranean.The Asian galleries introduce the dynamic images of the Hindu religion and the calm serenity of images of the Buddha. Enter the ancient American world for Maya and Inka works expressing the bond between the natural and supernatural worlds and the religious system of shamanism, found throughout the Americas. The African collection includes traditional objects for public festival and private ritual use, and images that show the influence of European colonization.

Ancient Civilizations. The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos. Students can explore the first settled communities of the Fertile Crescent, where writing, law, and trade developed. They can experience first hand the grandeur of ancient Egypt through mummies, elaborately painted coffins, royal sculpture, and hieroglyphic inscriptions on papyrus. In the ancient Greek galleries, sculpture, painted pottery, coins, and jewelry convey the richness of Greek mythology, the cultural values of honor and excellence, and the development of theater and epic poetry. Students will discover how Alexander the Great spread “Hellenism” from North Africa to Roman Britain through warfare, but also through trade and the spread of the Greek language.

Times and Texts of the Bible. Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. Tour includes an exploration of cylinder seals, pilgrim flasks, oil lamps and images of Bible stories left on pottery fragments from 1st century North Africa.

Foreign Languages

Spanish classes: Vea Y Explore. Spanish explorers brought their language to Meso, Central, and South America, but remarkable indigenous cultures predated their arrival. The ancient American galleries feature intricate textiles, elaborate work in gold and silver, and ceramics created by the Inka, Maya and other cultures in the region.

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis. Since art is long and life, short, seize the day and visit Ulysses and the Cyclops, Menelaus and Helen, Europa and the Bull, and the Emperor Tiberius. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see how important archaeology is in understanding the objects from Roman daily life.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries: Tour and Workshop. Throughout history artists have drawn their inspiration and honed their eye by drawing from the great works of art. Why not inspire the young artists of Georgia with the Carlos collections? Spend an hour and a half exploring a collection, discussing the elements of art and drawing technique, and participating in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.
Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills.

Camp Carlos 2014

The Michael C. Carlos Museum celebrates twenty-one years of providing exceptional summer programs in which children and teenagers explore the human impulse to create works of art. Camp Carlos offers participants imaginative and innovative opportunities to explore the ways in which people throughout time and across cultures have created works of art. All sessions of camp include studio activities with some of Atlanta's best practicing visual artists, and visits to the Carlos Museum galleries, where campers learn from artists of the ancient world. REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 5 FOR CARLOS MUSEUM MEMBERS AND FEBRUARY 21 FOR NON-MEMBERS.

 Click here to download the Camp Carlos registration form.

Son of Sobek
June 2-6 (ages 7-9)
June 9-13 (ages 10-12)

THESE SESSIONS OF CAMP CARLOS ARE NOW FULL. NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS CAN BE TAKEN.

Sobek, the ancient Egyptian crocodile god, was called Petschos by the ancient Greeks. He originally displayed aggressiveness but later came to be associated with protection and healing. He was particularly revered in Crocodilopolis in ancient Egypt. In the short story “Son of Sobek,” Rick Riordan brings the heroes Percy Jackson and Carter Kane, of the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series, together as they battle Sobek. Teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will take children to see depictions of crocodiles in the Egyptian galleries and teach them to make a khopesh (a sickle-shaped Egyptian sword), a shabti, the crocodile god Sobek, and more using a variety of artistic media.




Wixárika Arts
June 16-20 (ages 7-9) THIS SESSION IS FULL.
June 23-27 (ages 10-12)
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
 
The Wixárika are an ethnic group of western central Mexico who make vibrantly colored paintings with yarn and gourds or carved wood covered with beads that are pressed into wax, creating traditional images such as the sun and moon, serpents, trees, and complex geometric patterns. These artworks were placed in sacred sites such as caves and temples, near springs, or in home shrines. In this camp, artist Ana Vizurraga will show children works by the Wixárika in the galleries and will teach children Wixárika yarn painting and beading techniques.
 
 


Around the World with Indigo
July 7-11 (ages 7-9)
July 14-18 (ages 10-12)

 
All around the world people found plants native to their locations that could be used to dye cloth a deep-blue indigo color. Indigo dye made from the plant indigofera tinctoria originated in India and spread to Europe. In ancient Egypt the plant woad was used to make indigo and in the Americas various forms of true indigo yielded that beautiful blue. Dyeing with indigo is a fascinating and mysterious process, requring exposure to oxygen to actually change color. Textile artist Paula Vester will teach children the magic of dyeing with indigo through an exploration of cultures  around the world and through works of art in the Carlos Museum.
 


Stone Sculpture
July 21-25 and July 28-August 1 (Ages 13-17)
 

Sculptures made from alabaster, marble, and limestone are some of the most enduring works of art from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Rough stone is chiseled and hammered, filed, and sanded, creating the beauty of human forms and utilitarian vessels. In this two-week camp, stone sculptor Jane Jaskevich will teach teens to shape stone inspired by works in the Carlos Museum.
 




 Click here to download the Camp Carlos registration form.

If you are interested in becoming a Carlos Museum member please visit the website at carlos.emory.edu/join or call 404.727.2623.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Aftercare is available from 3 to 5 pm. Camp sessions are $185 per week for Carlos Museum members; $225 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. For more information please call 404.727.0519.
How to Schedule a School Tour

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to alyson.vuley@emory.edu or by fax to 404-727-4292. Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour.  Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.

Group Size: Maximum number is 65 students per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours. Length of Tour: 50 minutes.

Length of Tours: 50 minutes.

Chaperones: One per every ten students required.

Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Directions: Directions to the Museum and Parking Information.

Self-guided tours
Teachers who wish to guide their own groups are welcome to do so. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.

 

Funding for Field Trips
Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board and the Emory Women's Club 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 transportation.  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.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsiblity/grants.
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.corporate.target.com/corporate-responsiblity/grants.

Spring Break Art Camp

Monday, April 7 - Friday, April 11
9 am - 3 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level


A mosaic is an image created from small pieces of colored stone, called tesserae. In this week of camp, mosaic artist Janice Schmidt will teach children the art of mosaic, using the recently installed twenty-five-foot ancient Roman mural depicting Achilles at the walls of Troy as a source of inspiration. Children work individually on sections of a large mosaic that will be displayed in the museum.

For ages 8 to 12 years. $185 for museum members; $225 for non-members. Aftercare available from 3-5 pm. Registration is required by calling 404.727.0519.

*Aftercare available from 3-5 pm for an additional fee of $60 for the week


Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carlos Museum offers two paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience during the summer term to augment their academic program. This summer, two interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, forty hours per week, and students are paid $5,000. This summer's internships will begin Monday, May 19 and conclude on August 1, 2014, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is March 21, 2014.
 

Summer 2014 projects include:

Working with Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, on the upcoming exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, which opens at the Carlos in January 2015, and on the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The Mellon Intern will assist with researching and writing labels; the final planning for African Cosmos; assessing and researching the African collection for reinstallation; and redesigning the permanent galleries.  Some background in contemporary art and traditional African art and strong writing skills preferred.

The project in the Art of the Americas collection revolves around the planned 2017 exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. The Mellon Intern will work with Dr. Rebecca Stone, curator of Art of the Americas, to finalize the object selection, prioritize conservation needs, reconstruct one or more ancient textiles for an article in the exhibition catalogue, and research individual Bolivian and Peruvian pieces. Background in the textile history of Americas, in weaving, and in museology are preferred.
 
Working with Andi McKenzie, assistant curator of works on paper, the third Mellon internship will focus on the upcoming exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis is Prints and Drawings. This exhibition will consist of works on paper from the Carlos Museum's permanent collection, MARBL, Pitts Library, and other institutions. The Mellon Intern will work closely with Carlos Museum staff in all phases of exhibition planning, including research, developing didactic material, and exhibition layout.

Download the Mellon Internship Application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at ehornor@emory.edu.

Chamber Music Concerts
The Office of Educational presents a series of noontime chamber music concerts performed by members and guests of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. The concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public. Please arrive early as these concerts fill up quickly!

This year's series includes:

Friday, September 27
Noon, Reception Hall
The Vega String Quartet perform Twentieth-Century String Quartet Masterpieces including works by Ravel, Bartok, Shostakovich, and Philip Glass.

Thursday, October 24
Noon, Reception Hall
In a program titled Professors of the Practice, violinist Cynthia Patterson, professor of history; cellist Richard Patterson, professor of philosophy; clarinetist Ashraf Attalla, professor of psychology; and pianist Guy Benian, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, join members of the Vega String Quartet to perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Weber.
 
Friday, November 22
Noon, Reception Hall
In a program titled Beethoven in the 90s, the Vega String Quartet perform Beethoven’s op. 95 (String Quartet), 96 (Violin/PianoSonata), 97 (Archduke Trio) and 98.  Tenor Bradley Howard joins the program to sing To the Distant Beloved.
 
Friday, December 6
Noon, Reception Hall
The Vega String Quartet perform a program titled Bach's Lunch.

Friday, January 31
Noon, Reception Hall
Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse with a program of traditional Chinese music.

Friday, February 14
Noon, Reception Hall
A program of Valentine’s Day Love Songs features instrumental and vocal music of love with tenor Bradley Howard, pianist William Ransom, and the Vega String Quartet

Friday, March 21
Noon, Reception Hall
The Emory Univeristy Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Friday, April 18
Noon, Reception Hall
Emory's Young Artists program features the university's best undergraduate talent.

Friday, May 9
Noon, Reception Hall
Ransom Notes features Kate Ransom, violin; and William Ransom, piano.
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. For dates and times for specific concerts, please visit the Museum's online calendar of events.

 


Friday, February 7
7:30 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Musical Bedtime Stories
Enjoy some hot chocolate on a cold winter evening and, if you like, wear your pajamas and bring a pillow!





All Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

Seating is limited and is first come, first serve.

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation.







University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos

SPRING SEMESTER 2014

African American Studies AAS385W-001 
Black Odyssey: Migration, Home, and the African American Cultural Experience
Dr. Mark Sanders, Professor of English and Chair, African American Studies
Dr. Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor of Music

Taking up music, literature, film, and the visual arts, this course will examine the multiple ways in which African Americans have attempted to forge and articulate individual and collective identity within a western political and artistic context. Thus, in addition to a close examination of Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey series itself, on view in the Carlos galleries, the course will explore the role of jazz and gospel, for example, relative to black migration north and into urban centers; we will read slave narratives and their formulations of flight and selfhood; and we will examine African American visual artists and their interpretations of mobility and identity formation.


Art History 319R
The Life and Afterlife of Egyptian Statues
Rachel Krieter
Using Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, this seminar will offer an in-depth look at Egyptian statuary: its form, function, context, and relationship to other ancient Egyptian media and statuary of other cultures. Students can expect to become familiar with various statue types and gain the ability to date objects, as well as make cross-disciplinary comparisons between Egyptology and other fields of art history through three-dimensional Egyptian sculpture. Additionally, the course will present theory and issues in the study of objects such as ownership and reuse, repatriation, modern reception, and collection.

Art History 729
Roman Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Current Issues in Roman Art History

Eric Varner
 
The Michael C.  Carlos Museum has amassed an impressive collection of ancient Roman art.  This seminar will extensively examine the portraits, reliefs, sarcophagi, statuary, funerary urns, gems and ceramics housed in the museum and situate them within broader trends and current theoretical frameworks in Roman art historical discourse.  In addition, students will work closely with individual objects in the museum and the seminar will address important issues of social, political, historical and aesthetic meaning, as well as context, reception, and production.  The seminar will also address issues of collecting (several pieces in the Museum have provenance histories stretching back to the 16th, 17th,  18th and early 19th centuries), conservation and museum display.
 
Art History 393/ Phys 380
Special Topic – Investigating Art with Physics

Renee Stein, Conservator
 
This course will introduce students to a selection of art materials and to the physical techniques used to analyze them. Questions of material choice, working method, authenticity, provenance, and restoration are each addressed through the scientific investigation of art. Lecture and discussion will consider historical uses of materials in the production of art, as well as the circumstances motivating the scientific investigation of specific objects. Case studies from the Carlos Museum collection will provide context for these discussions. In hands-on workshops students will produce paper, drawings, and paintings on which they will conduct practical lab experiments using beta radiography, infrared reflectography, neutron activation analysis, and ultraviolet fluorescence. Prior coursework in physics, visual arts, or art history is not required.


Art History 592
Museology

Rebecca Stone, Massie Martin/NEH Professor of Art History
 
This seminar will address the curatorial aspects of museum work, as practiced currently at university museums such as the Michael C. Carlos Museum and municipal museums such as the High Museum of Art. There will be real-time, hands-on exhibition planning, case design, and label and wall-text writing projects on future installations. Ancient American (First Nations) and Works on Paper collections will be featured.  Meetings with staff at the MCCM will introduce the roles played by the various departments as they work together to create these installations.

Museum Tours

Public Tours: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

For special needs tours, please contact Julie Green by phone at 404-727-2363 or by email at jgree09@emory.edu.

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For Families: Explore the Greek and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our New 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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Access to Images in the Carlos Museum Collections
Over 1,000 high resolution images of works of art in the Carlos Museum's collections are available online through a web-based, searchable database called Luna. Browse the collection or, log in with an Emory user id and password to create "media groups" and export images into presentation programs such as PowerPoint and Keynote, as well as social media programs. Information on using Luna is available here.
Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum's commitment of academic excellence is reflected in the lectures, symposia, and gallery talks presented by the Office of Educational Programs. The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus. Most of these public lectures and symposia are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. For a listing of upcoming programs, please see the Calendar.
Information for Faculty

The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 16,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, the ancient Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and works on paper from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.

The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out of the classroom” teaching. The diverse collections provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines and unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, and the sciences use the collections regularly in their teaching. The Museum encourages faculty from all disciplines to take advantage of the teaching opportunities available in the galleries and in the Museum’s classroom space using objects and works on paper from storage.

Guided and self-guided tours for students are available by calling 404 727-0519. Members of the Museum staff are available to help create connections between the Museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework.

The Museum works with academic departments on campus to develop public programs of interest to the academic community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Audio Tours

An MP3 audio tour of highlights of the the permanent collection is available at the Reception Desk on Level One. The MP3 format allows visitors to hear from Museum and University experts at the touch of a button. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the times and texts Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

Podcasts

The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!

Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!

Send us your comments about Carlos Conversation podcasts.

Odyssey Online

The Carlos Museum's interactive web site for kids of all ages continues to grow and expand. The ancient American and Greek sections have recently been updated. The Egyptian site is being updated now. Imaginative design and interactive technology create an engaging and entertaining way to explore the art and culture of the ancient world. Designed for the elementary and middle school student, Odyssey Online allows self-directed exploration of works of art in the Museum's collections and the cultures that produced them.

Visit Odyssey Online: Greece

Visit Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas