Children's and Family Programs

Throughout time and across cultures, human beings have taken elements from the earth and created works of art. Many of these materials and techniques are still used by artists today. Programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum provide opportunities for children to learn from artists of the ancient world in the galleries and from some of Atlanta’s best practicing artists in the studio.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, Panton Capital Holdings, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, Clara M. and John S. O'Shea, and PNC Bank.

Special Family Events

Eleventh Annual Mummies and Milkshakes

Saturday, October 29
6-9:30 PM, Ackerman Hall, Level Three
Costumed children can explore the rituals of mummification with Anubis, god of embalming, through a new scavenger hunt, enjoy milkshakes from Jakes Ice Cream and screenings of the hilarious Three Stooges short, We Want Our Mummy, and Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Free to Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members. Children ages 5 and under are free. Limited space available. Registration is required at carlos.emory.edu/mummiesandmilkshakes.






Family Storytelling Event: All the World’s a Stage
Saturday, November 12
2 pm, Ackerman Hall, Level Three
In conjunction with the special exhibition, The First Folio: The Book that Shakespeare Gave Us and in collaboration with the Emory English Department, Megan Hicks, the popular storyteller also known as the Origami Swami, will share tales from two of Shakespeare’s plays, Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Afterwards, children in the audience will be invited to make table-top origami stages and stick puppets to take home and create their own dramatic productions. Open to children of all ages with an accompanying adult.

Family Tour: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them…in the Museum!
Sunday, November 13
2 pm, Rotunda, Level One
Become an apprentice magizoologist, searching throughout the museum for the mythical creatures from the world of Harry Potter, including the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening November 18, with Emory student docent and resident Potterite, Karuna Srikureja.  Free to Carlos Museum members; regular admission price from non-members. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.


Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.


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.

We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt
Saturday, October 15
10 am, Egyptian Galleries, Level One
Take a trip down the Nile from the temples of Abu Simbel to the pyramids of Giza in this lovely story by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson. Children will explore an image of the Nile Goddess in the galleries before painting their own story of a journey down the Nile.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL AND NO ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED.

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna
Saturday, November 19
10 am, Asian Galleries, Level One
The 13th century bronze sculpture of Krishna, incarnation of Lord Vishnu, recalls the story of how he defeated the king of snakes and danced upon his head. Children will hear Demi’s beautifully illustrated version of this ancient story before heading to the studio to create gold and paper Krishna collages.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL AND NO ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED.

 

For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion.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.

Children's Workshops

Children’s Workshop: Baskets of the Pomo
Sunday, October 2
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Children will explore the decorated basketry of the Pomo Indians of Southern California in the Coiling Culture special exhibition, and then use beads, pendants and feathers to decorate their own baskets with teaching artist Suzy Ferriss.

For 9-12 year olds. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.


Children’s Workshop: Tibetan Wall Hangings
Sunday, October 16
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
For the people of the Tibetan plain, the perfect amount of rain is essential, too little means a drought and too much means a deluge. This balance is one of the messages found in the kafen and tsekhor, the silk brocade wall-hangings in the Tibetan shrine. Teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will teach children to make paper kafen.

For 9-12 year olds. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.  Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.








Shakespeare Bookmaking
Sunday, November 20
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Children will view one of the world’s most famous books, Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first printed collection of his plays from 1623, before experimenting with bookmaking techniques with Charlene Shikany of Red Wall Studios.

For 9-12 year olds. This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.



Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Teen Programs
 
Carlos Reads YA! Romeo and Juliet
Friday, November 18
6 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Shakespeare’s works continue to inspire writers and artists today. Teens are invited to read the dynamic graphic novel version of Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds before meeting with Justin Shaw, Emory PhD candidate, to discuss the story in this after-hours museum experience. For 13-15 year olds.
THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL AND NO ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED.
Pre-register for Carlos Reads YA! by November 4.  Fee includes cost of Romeo and Juliet.  Come by the Education Office on the Plaza Level of the Carlos Museum to pick up the book.  Be sure to read the book before the meeting on November 18.
Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu.

 


Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.


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.

Invitation to the Dance!
Sunday, October 2
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

 Waltzes, mazurkas, minuets, tangos and more by the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom will have you dancing in your seats!





 
Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
Sunday, December 11
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

We welcome back Old Saint Nick himself to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.
 


Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, March 26
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Some of the area’s finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.


 
Pajama Concert
Friday, April 7
7:30 PM, Ackerman Hall

Enjoy Musical Nighttime Stories performed by the Vega Quartet with some hot chocolate and marshmallows -- and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!
 





Musical Animals
Sunday, April 23
4 PM, Ackerman Hall

Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf narrated by Lois Reitzes, legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta. With pianists Elena Cholakova and William Ransom.
 

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
Camp Carlos
Camp Carlos 2016
Camp Carlos 2016 began with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga exploring the concept of shrines in world cultures using the museum’s collections, from the Nigerian Mami Wati shrine figure to false doors and tomb chapels in ancient Egypt. Children also visited the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to experience the shrines to Vishnu, Ganesha, and other Hindu deities, before creating their own personal shrines.  In conjunction with the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, illustrator and artist Ande Cook looked at thangka painting and other visual representations from Tibet, including wrathful deities and Green and White Taras. Every summer the camp to fill up first is one that connects our collections with the world of Percy Jackson, by the popular children’s author Rick Riordan.  This year, teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta led campers on an exploration of the Greek myths culminating with the creation of their own versions of the Percy Jackson stories on painted vases. Teens carved the Eight Auspicious Symbols of the Buddha out of pine with Tibetan woodcarver Yama Phuntsok in this year’s Teen Camp Carlos. We had the privilege of visiting Drepung Losling Monastery with Yama who was able to explain much of the art, including the beautiful (and massive!) mahogany alter piece that he and other master carvers created.


Registration for Camp Carlos 2017 will open to Carlos Museum members on January 23 and will open on February 6 for non-members. 

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional cost. The teen camp session is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare.

For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu 

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.

For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring 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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