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, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Camp Carlos 2015

The Michael C. Carlos Museum celebrates twenty-two 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.

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.

The teen camp session is two weeks and is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare.  The cost for the two week session is $370 for Carlos Museum members; $450 for non-members and includes all materials and transportation.

For more information please call 404.727.0519.  To register your child, please fill out the Camp Carlos 2015 Registration Form and email to Ana Vizurraga at

Spider Woman to Horned Serpent
Monday-Friday, June 1-5 for children ages 7-9. THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
Monday-Friday, June 8-12 for children ages 10-12.

Children will explore a variety of Native North American cultures including Navajo, Zumi, Cherokee, Pueblo, and ancient Mississippian in conjunction with the special exhibition Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.  Artist Ana Vizurraga will teach children how to create their own clay effigy bowls, sand paintings, medicine bags, and more using traditional techniques. 

The Staff of Serapis
Monday-Friday, June 15-19 for children ages 7-9. THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
Monday-Friday, June 22-26 for children ages 10-12.

Camp Carlos heads back into the worlds of Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles with teaching artist, Cathy Amos, to explore the contact between ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures in the Carlos Museum collections and in the studio. As Annabeth explains in Rick Riordan’s crossover story, “The Staff of Serapis”: “Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, and after he died, his general Ptolemy took over.  He wanted the Egyptians to accept him as their pharaoh, so he mashed the Egyptian gods and Greek gods together and made up new ones.” “Sounds messy,” Sadie said. “I prefer my gods unmashed.”

Lost Wax Bronze Casting for Teens
Monday-Friday, July 6-10 and 13-17
Artists from the Inferno Art Foundry in Union City will lead teens in discovering the ancient and complex process of lost wax bronze casting.  In the first week, teens will sculpt original pieces in wax, inspired by the diverse bronze works in the Greek, Egyptian, and Asian galleries.  The second week, participants will travel to Inferno Art Foundry to create molds of their wax sculpture, cast their piece in molten bronze, and then chase and finish their bronze sculpture.  For teens ages 13-17.

Miniatures to Comics: Stories from India
Monday-Friday, July 20-24 for children ages 7-9. THIS CAMP HAS FILLED.
Monday-Friday, July 27-31 for children ages 10-12.

Visual storytelling in many formats has been an important way to share the epic stories of India for hundreds of years.  Children will look at the 18th century Indian miniature paintings in the Carlos collection, a “kavad” or storytelling box from northwest India, and Indian comic books from Amar Chitra Katha, Campfire Graphic Novels, and Liquid Comics, before writing and illustrating their own comic book adventure with artist Joseph R. Wheeler III.

Camp Carlos 2015 is made possible in part by a generous gift from Panton Capital Holdings. Additional sponsorship 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.

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.

A complete list of family concerts for the 2015-16 academic year will be available in July.

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

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.

The complete listing of fall programs for children and families will be available in July.

Support for workshops 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.

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 space is limited.  A reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519.

Come back in July to see our full listing of fall programs.

This program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.

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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.