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!
SPRING SEMESTER 2015
Religous Art of South Asia
T/TH/F Noon-12:50 pm
Dr. Ellen Gough
This course takes an immersive approach to the study of the religious art of South Asia, ca. 2500 BCE to the present day. We will spend two of the three class meetings a week in the classroom, and the third either in the Asian Collection at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum or at a site of religious practice in Atlanta. Course units will focus on the paintings, sculptures, architecture, and material and visual culture more broadly of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet and Sri Lanka. We will examine Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religious art, asking how these material objects relate to religious texts and practices. For the course unit on the Hindu epic the Rāmāyaṇa, for example, we will compare parts of the Sanskrit text of the epic by Vālmīki with depictions of the story in comic books, on television, and in eighteenth-century miniature paintings in the collection at the Carlos Museum. The Spring 2016 semester will also offer the unique opportunity to examine the temporary exhibit at the Carlos Museum, “Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection.”
Monday, 1-4 pm
Freshman Seminar: The 12 Caesars: Sex, Lies and Politics in Ancient Rome
Dr. Eric Varner
Popular perceptions of Rome’s first twelve Caesars (who included Julius Caesar, Augustus, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) are often fueled by the ancient biographer Suetonius’s lurid and scandalous accounts of the period. Suetonius’s Twelve Caesars is filled with accusations of outrageous sexual behavior, madness, and political posturing, that are often in direct opposition to the visual record as embodied in official monuments of art and architecture commissioned by the Caesars themselves or their wives. This course will combine an in depth examination of the artistic material, as well as surviving portraits in sculpture and on coins and gems, together with a careful reading of Suetonius’s text, as well as new biographical material on the twelve Caesars. Close attention will be paid to the iconographic meaning of the artistic monuments, their intended audiences, and their points of comparison and divergence from Suetonius, thus revealing the complex nature of Roman culture and society in the early imperial period.
MWF, 10 - 10:50 am
Dr. Gay Robins
This course is designed as an introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It will examine the basic principles by which Egyptian artists worked, together with the techniques and materials that they used, and will consider the various purposes, religious, political and social, for which Egyptian art was created. The course will be structured chronologically, and will acquaint students with key works of art, placing them within the context of ancient Egyptian history and culture. These works will include the monumental pyramids built by the kings of Egypt to be their tombs and the lavishly decorated tomb chapels constructed for elite government officials. There will be class visits to the Carlos Museum to study ancient Egyptian works on display.
Arts of Africa: An Introduction
MW, 1 - 2:15 pm
Dr. Susan Gagliardi
Artists linked to the African continent have historically created arts from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and earth as well as animal and vegetal matter. Some objects, including wooden headpieces, were designed to be seen in motion during masquerade performances. Other objects, including brass heads, were designed for static displays. In this introductory course, we will think about a broad range of arts, their biographies, and contexts for their display. We will look closely at different works, from study sixteenth- and seventeenth- century brass plaques once shown in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, to twentieth-century wooden headpieces worn by performers during certain events in Pende communities of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Students will also be invited to view African art on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the High Museum.
Shamanism: Art in the Americas
TTH, 1 - 2:15 pm
Dr. Rebecca R. S. Bailey
The underlying religious complex of ancient and modern indigenous American cultures can be understood under the umbrella term of shamanism, or the direct visionary contact with the spiritual world by trained intermediaries in order to promote balance, fertility, and health. Art is deeply implicated in this system, from earliest times through to today. This seminar will discuss the parameters of shamanic belief and practice as applied to the visual elements, from the “tools” of curing to the achievement of trance to the recording of experience and imagery of healing itself. An emphasis will be placed on plant and animal iconography.
The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 20,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs) 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 museum enourages faculty to make use of its diverse collections, as well as temporary exhibitions, as primary resources for object-based teaching. The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out-of-the-classroom” learning. The diverse collections and exhibitions provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, English, the sciences, and others use the museum's collections and exhibitons regularly in their teaching.
The museum's galleries are open Tuesday - Friday, from 10 am - 4 pm and are always free to Emory faculty and students. Faculty may guide their students through the collections and exhibitions or schedule a tour with a member of the museum's Docent Guild. To scheule a time for your class or a docent-led tour, contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or email@example.com. Members of the staff are also available to help create connections between the museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework. Contact Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, at 404-727-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High-quality photographs of more than 1000 objects from the museum’s collection are available free of charge for teaching use through Artstor. Click here and select "Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online" from the Emory Collections section. Faculty and students may request additional photos not available in Carlos Collections Online and may request permission to publish photos in scholarly works by contacting email@example.com.
The museum recognizes that only a small portion of its collection is on view at any given time. Faculty and students may arrange to view selected objects from storage by appointment, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, pending availability of staff and suitable space within the museum. Museum curators will help faculty and students to complete a Study Access/Classroom Use of Objects form. Ideally, faculty and students should contact the curator responsible for the object(s) at least two weeks in advance of their class or study period. So that faculty can focus on their teaching, rather than on the care of the artwork, a museum curator and/ or member(s) of the collections staff will attend classes when artwork is present.
The Carlos Museum’s permanent collection galleries mirror its curatorial divisions, each overseen by a member of the staff:
Art of the Americas, Rebecca Stone
Ancient Greek and Roman Art, Jasper Gaunt
Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Melinda Hartwig
African Art, Amanda Hellman,
Asian Art, Elizabeth Hornor
Works of Art on Paper, Andi McKenzie
Museum staff also work with academic departments on campus to develop programs of interest to the academic as well as the Atlanta community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the calendar.
Students may explore a 13th-century gilt Buddha from Tibet in the museum's collection, and then explore a similar one, with the help of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, on the altar at Atlanta's Drepung Loseling Monastery. They can also study a sandstone image of the elephant-headed deity, Ganesha, and then witness a ritual that happens every Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in which the deity is annointed with auspicious substances, dressed and ornaments, providing students with an understanding of how such sculptures function in a religious context.
Be sure to explore other engaging sections of Odyssey Online:
Odyssey Online: Greece, designed for elementary students
Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas, designed for upper elementary and middle school students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 404-727-2363.
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.
MUSEUM MOMENTS TOUR
Museum Moments is a tour designed for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Experiencing the art of the ancient world at the Carlos Museum can spark the imagination, trigger memories, and encourage a shared experience in a beautiful setting. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or dementia are invited to attend Museum Moments tours with their family member or a caregiver. To schedule a time contact Julie Green at 404-727-2363.
Stools for this program were made possible by a gift from Sylvia Dodson in memory of her husband, James Dodson.
Highlights of the Collection Audio Tour
Thanks to the generous financial support of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation, the Carlos Museum is pleased to introduce a new multimedia audio guide to the permanent collections. The guides include fifty minutes of new material, featuring expert commentary from museum curators and Emory faculty members from a number of departments at the university. The guides, available on iPod touches, feature enhanced multimedia content offering visitors a greater understanding of the Carlos Museum’s permanent collection. For example, in the Art of the Americas section, images of whale sharks on the screen help visitors visualize the ways in which the Museum’s Chancay female effigy vessel represents the shaman transforming into the giant fish, which serves as her animal spirit companion. The guide is available for a rental fee of $3. Carlos Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
Times and Texts of the Bible Audio Tour
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the 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 $3. It is included in the general audio tour rental. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.
Appropriate for Fourth Grade to High School
In this exciting new tour developed with the guidance and expertise of the museum's Chief Conservator, students will explore the many ways that science is employed in the study and preservation of works of art. Museum docents will introduce students to art conservation practices focusing on preventative care, treatment, and research. Digital images on iPads will provide students the opportunity to examine the condition of objects prior to conservation treatment, as well as images of treatment in progress. In this very interactive tour, students will be able to handle examples of materials used to make and conserve art, including fabrics used to stabilize the mummies. They will see beyond what is visible to the museum visitor. For example, in the Egyptian galleries they will get a glimpse into the creative process of the artist through modern, microscopic analysis where a cross section of the paint surface from 1075 BC reveals a substructure of mud applied below the layers of under painting. Students will be able to see how salt crystals in porous materials such as ceramics or stone can cause damage that may destroy the surface and weaken the structure and the treatment that was performed.
Students will practice the Habits of Mind teaching goals as they:
*Ask questions that lead to investigations
*Use charts and graphs
*Use data to answer questions
*Identify patterns of change
*Research and gather information
*Understand the importance of safety concerns
Resources for Teachers:
Classroom Lesson Plans:
Bug Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
Condition Report Activity
Loss Compensation Activity
Introduction to Art Conservation
Preservation Information Cards and Insect Investigation Activity for Students
Case Studies of Conservation Projects at the Museum
Science and Art Conservation: Resources for Teachers to Use in the Classroom
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.
Artful Stories for Families will begin again in September. Please check back in July for the fall programs.
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.
The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
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 email@example.com.
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 Renée 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeschool families are invited to spend the afternoon learning, creating, and exploring the Carlos Museum collections and special exhibitions in workshops developed just for them. The next Homeschool Day will be offered in the fall of 2016. Join the Homeschool Email List to keep informed of this and other Carlos Museum events for children and families.
Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Scheduling of the ten weeks is flexible and can be done in consultation with the curator in charge. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is February 19, 2016.
Summer 2016 projects include:
Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, is develping a digital didactic program for the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The undergraduate or graduate student intern will assist with researching and writing label copy for each object; acquiring permission for photographs and videos; planning and conducting interviews; and uploading content to the gallery iPads. Some background in African visual material or history is preferred.
An excellent opportunity for an undergraduate with a background in material culture is a project working with Dr. Melinda Hartwig, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos, to collect representative fragments from the museum's Curtis Collection of Near Eastern Art and pack them for distribution to other educational institutions with Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology, and Art History Depatments for use as "study collections."
Although Shakespeare set The Tempest on a small island off the coast of Italy, many scholars argue that he drew inspiration for the setting, several narrative themes, and the figure of Caliban from the newly encountered Americas. An upcoming exhibition entitled The New World in the Age of Shakespeare will explore this argument by pairing The Rose Library’s Forth Folio with several engravings from Theodor de Bry’s Americae volumes, a series devoted to Columbus’s travels in the Americas, the customs of myriad American inhabitants, and the mistreatment of the native population by Catholic Spaniards. Working with Associate Works on Paper Curator Andi McKenzie, the intern will research New World connections in The Tempest, explore the imagery in de Bry’s Americae, and assist in choosing objects from the Museum’s vast Americas collection that complement the texts in some specific way. The intern will also write draft labels and an introductory text for one section of the exhibition.
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 email@example.com.
The Office of the Provost has recognized the Carlos Museum for its commitment to innovative faculty collaborations and to public education. Read the article below and watch the video here.
In the beginning was a mummy. And not just any mummy, but, in fact, the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, one of only seven in the world. Emory's Old Kingdom mummy was the first inventoried object (1921.1) in the collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A massive conservation effort in 2011 drew on a university-wide team of conservationists, faculty, and students to restore the Old Kingdom mummy, which now holds a special place in the permanent collection of the Carlos Museum.
However, beyond this one rare and special object, the Carlos opens up a broader treasure chest to Emory -- one intrinsically tied to the university's mission to "create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Recognizing the importance of the museum to academic life, Emory's strategic plan, Where Courageous Inquiry Leads, focused one of its framing principles on Creativity: Arts and Innovation. That emphasis -- along with Courageous Inquiry initiatives on strengthening faculty distinction, enhancing the student experience, creating community, and religions and the human spirit -- has helped the Carlos grow even stronger in its support of academics.
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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. With specially trained docent guidies, students will find spiral patterns on the giant Greek pythos. Are they a clue to what used to be inside? With clipboards in hand the students will collect all manner of shapes and symbols while exploring cultures from long ago. From ancient Nubia they will find the fly worn by soldiers as a symbol of persistence. They will learn about Athena, the Greek god of wisdom, courage, and the arts, and her symbol the wise owl. From the ancient Americas they will see the jaguar, a symbol of power and decorate their skin with roller stamp designs seen in the effigies. Introduce your young students to the stories that the objects tell through shapes and symbols at the Carlos Museum.
Resources for Objects Have Stories to Tell:
PDF Kindergarten Standards
Archaeology. CSI: Cultural Scene Investigation. 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. Your students will put STEAM into practice as they learn the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, carbon-14 dating, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of material culture.
Resources for Archeology:
PDF CSI Lesson Plan
RIck Riordan@ the Carlos. The Carlos collections abound with images from favorite mythological stories. In this tour students experience the Greek myths through Rick Riodan's engaging charcters from the Percy Jackson series. See Aphrodite and Athena, Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. The Cyclops, Poseidon, and Grover the satyr are in residence in the permanent collection galleries. In the Egyptian collection, the characters from The Red Pyramid series comes to life as students explore images on coffins and tomb sculpture including Anubis, Osiris (Julius), Sekmet, and a magic wand. Students will visit the 'weighing of the heart' and find the horned viper and Apophis, the serpent god of the Underworld. Students will explore character, plot, and setting, but also the larger meanings that the myths had for the cultures that developed them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
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. Students will compare the images of the meditative Buddha with the narrative movement of Hindu figures used to tell stories as devotees visit the temples. Oil lamps and pilgrim flasks, and images of Jonah swimming represent only a few of the objects created during the formative years of Judaism and Christianity. Students will explore work created by the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, today known as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan. NOTE: the African galleries will not be available until August 6, 2016. 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 imported objects such as top hats. 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.
Asante Amulet Lesson Plan
Magic Square PDF
Resource for Teachers: Nature and Artistry in the Ancient Americas. A Teachers Guide to the Carlos collection.
The audio guides may be rented for $3 at the Information Desk in the Museum rotunda and, as always, audio guides are free to Carlos Museum members.
A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the times and texts of the 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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. For more information, contact Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read and discuss 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.
During fall semester 2016, in conjunction with the display of Shakespeare's First Folio, Carlos Reads will undertake the bard's plays set in antiquity including Troilus and Cressida, Julius Ceasar, Anthony & Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, and Pericles. Check back in July for dates for each program.
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.
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 Mediterranean 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2016-2017 Family Concert Series will begin in the fall of 2016. Please check back for the complete program in July.
- 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).
- ask questions that lead to investigations (Habits of Mind)
- Use date to answer questions and identify patterns of change (Habits of MInd)
Georgia’s Common Core curriculum uses literacy and language skills to prepare students for success in college, career and life. Learning in a museum setting builds vocabulary and connects classroom reading to original source material; works of art as tangible documents of history. They will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and patterns of events from several cultures; from Classical Greece and Rome, to ancient Egypt, the Americas, south Asia, and sub Saharan Africa. In the museum, students will expand their classroom knowledge in a different medium, and will use cogent reasoning and evidence collecting skills to express their interpretations and opinions. As an extension of the classroom, the Carlos invites you to bring your classes to explore the stories of civilization.
At the Threshold: Shrines in World CulturesMonday-Friday, June 6-10 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 13-17 for 10-12 year olds
Children will join artist Ana Vizurraga for an exploration of the concept of shrines in world cultures through the museum’s collections — from the shrines of the river goddess Mami Wata in Nigeria, to the false doors and tomb chapels of ancient Egypt, to the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection. Children will create their own personal shrines using objects both found and constructed.
Thangkas and Taras
Monday-Friday, June 20-24 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 27 - July 1 for 10-12 year olds
In conjunction with the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, children will learn about representations of Buddhist deities from Tibet including wrathful deities and Green and White Taras. Illustrator and artist Ande Cook will lead children on an exploration of traditional thangka painting techniques that have been practiced since the seventh century.
Teen Camp Carlos: Tibetan Woodcarving
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 10 am to 4 pm for 13-17 years olds
Tibetan woodcarver Yama Phuntsok will share his talents with teenagers in this year’s Teen Camp Carlos. Teens will investigate the 3-dimensional works in the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World, and take a trip to the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Brookhaven to view the masterfully carved altar there, and then carve their own sculptures out of wood.
Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Ancient Greece
Monday-Friday, July 25-29 for 10-12 year olds THIS CAMP IS FULL.
Children will delve into the Greek myths depicted on ancient painted vessels in the Greek galleries and in the modern retellings of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series with artist Pam Beagle-Daresta. Children will create their own versions of the Percy Jackson stories in cut paper, painted vases, and other media.
For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or email@example.com.
Support 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.
The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 guests per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
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: Hundreds of school buses bring students to visit the Carlos Museum every year. Unfortunately, there is often confusion about where to enter campus, drop off students, and park the bus. To assist, we enlisted the help of a bus driver who made the trip himself to show the way. Please share this video with your bus drivers!
Please do not use GPS to get directions to the museum. GPS systems provide excellent information for CARS entering campus, but not BUSES. If you must use GPS, enter Emory’s Goizueta Business School as your destination, and the directions will lead you to the correct campus entrance for BUSES.
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.
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 Ana Vizurraga at 404.727.4280 or email@example.com 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.
- Maximum twenty children per group.
- One chaperone for every five children.
- If your group has special needs, please call to discuss possible adjustments to the program.
- Space is limited, so please sign up early to reserve a space for your class.
Artful Stories: Storm Boy
Children will experience a journey beneath the sea with a Haida prince in Owen Paul Lewis’ beautiful picture book, Storm Boy, before exploring the animal-form clappers and rattles made by the people of the Pacific Northwest in the exhibition Indigenous Beauty. Children will then create orca collages inspired by Haida imagery.
Artful Stories: Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend
Children will learn about the pictographic art of the Plains peoples in Tasunka, written and illustrated in the ledger art style by Donald F. Montileaux (Lakota). Children will compare Joseph No Two Horn’s thunderbird shield, made with hide and natural pigments, to a ledger art drawing by Swift Dog (Lakota) of Joseph No Two Horns riding his horse and carrying the same shield. Children will then make their own pictorial shields.
Abenaki Storytelling and Musical Event with Joseph Bruchac
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. Bruchac is also a collector of myths and legends, preserver of Abenaki culture, poet, musician, educator, and perhaps most of all, extraordinary storyteller. He will spend a morning with preschoolers sharing his stories and traditional Abenaki songs and instruments.
This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank. Additonal support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.