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.

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.

 Fee for Children's Workshops: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or


Children’s Workshop: Clay Ganeshas
Sunday, September 13, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

During the ten-day festival of Ganesha Chaturthi in India, clay images of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity, are adorned, offered special foods and incense, and worshipped before being submersed in water on the eleventh day. Artist Gauri Misra-Deshpande will teach children how to make their own Ganeshas in clay. Ages 9 to 12

Children’s Workshop: Rangolis
Sunday, September 20, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

In India, the practice of creating a rangoli threshold design can be a daily ritual to welcome happiness into your home or an elaborate artistic endeavor to honor a deity during a special festival. Children will create traditional temporary rangolis with artist Gauri Misra-Deshpande. Ages 6 to 8


Children’s Workshop: Eastern Woodland Fire Pouches and Shoulder Bags
Sunday, October 18, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children will compare the motifs and styles of the fire pouches and shoulder bags of the Anishinaabe, Seminole, and Muscogee as they evolved from being crafted exclusively with locally available materials to utilizing glass beads, wool, silk ribbon, and silver ornaments acquired in trade with Europeans. Children will create their own bags and bead their origi- nal designs with artist Marie DeGeorge. Ages 9 to 12


Children’s Workshop: Yup’ik Masks
Sunday, October 25, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Arctic peoples of coastal Alaska share the belief that there are many types of people—human people, animal people, and other-than-human people—mysterious beings represented in the beautiful composite masks and dance ornaments they made. Teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will lead children on an exploration of these objects and their special meaning to the Yup’ik and Alutiiq people of the North before making their own mask in the studio. Ages 9 to 12.


Children’s Workshop: Rhonda Holy Bear’s Regalia
Sunday, November 8, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Rhonda Holy Bear (Lakota) is one of the most important Plains artists working today. Children will examine Maternal Journey, Holy Bear’s sculpture of an Absáalooke woman, her children, and her horses—all adorned with intricately crafted regalia—and then collaborate on a drawing to illustrate their observations. Ages 6–8.  

Children’s Workshop: Tlingit Animal Totems
Sunday, November 22, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Stylized but recognizable crest creatures show clan membership, a vital aspect of many Northwest Coast cultures. Children will explore the crest animals on Tlingit and Tsimshian objects in the special exhibition as well as images of interior house posts and freestanding poles carved with clan-specific animals. Children will then create their own paper “totems” using animals that represent themselves and their families with artist, Ande Cook. Ages 6 to 8

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.

Artful Stories: Mummy Cat Author Event
Friday, September 4, 10 am 
Reception Hall, Level Three

The Carlos Museum welcomes Marcus Ewert and Lisa Brown, author and illustrator of the charming new book Mummy Cat. Projecting images and text from Mummy Cat on the big screen, Ewert and Brown will share their story, their affection for the world of ancient Egypt, and a secret “story within a story” with children ages 3 to 5, followed by a hands-on activity.  


Artful Stories: Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth
Saturday, September 19, 10 am 
Asian Galleries, Level One

Children will hear the story Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, by Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, under the friendly gaze and round belly of the museum’s 9th-century sandstone image of Ganesha. After the story, children will create “leaf Ganeshas” while enjoying his favorite treat, laddoos! 


Artful Stories: Storm Boy
Saturday, October 17, 10 am
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

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 
Saturday, November 7, 10 am 
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

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. 

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

Teen Programs

Teen Art Workshop: Haida Manga and Formline Design
Friday, October 23, 6–8 pm 
Foyer, Level Three

Teens will discover the ancient origins and 19th-century refinements of the formline aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest featured in the special exhibition Indigenous Beauty. This art form continues to evolve in the work of contemporary sculptors like Preston Singletary (Tlingit) and graphic artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida), the creator of the new genre “Haida Manga.” Artist Joseph R. Wheeler III will instruct teens in the “Haida Manga” style. Ages 13 to 17


Carlos Reads YA! Wabanaki Blues
Friday, November 13, 6 pm
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

The 2015 novel Wabanaki Blues by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (Mohegan) is hard to classify; the labels “rise to fame,” “murder mystery,” “suspense,” and “romance” are accurate but insufficient. The story’s protagonist, Mona Lisa LaPierre, is a teenage Mohegan/ Abenaki/French-Canadian blues musician whose professor parents force her to spend a summer away from her urban Hartford, Connecticut home in the remote New Hampshire woods. There, with her quirky grandfather and a fellow musician/love interest, Del, she begins to unravel two big mysteries: The significance of some family secrets involving bears; and the unsolved murder of a girl who once attended her Hartford high school and who turns out to have some New Hampshire ties of her own. Dr. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, lecturer in the English Department at Emory, will lead a discussion of this page turner of a book and the contemporary Native American communities of New England that it represents. Fee includes cost of the book. Ages 13 to 17

Special Family Events

Tenth Anniversary of Mummies and Milkshakes!

Friday, October 30, 6–9:30 pm 
Reception Hall, Level Three

The Carlos Museum and Jake’s Ice Cream present the 10th annual Mummies and Milkshakes. Visit animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries, choose your favorite 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.

Come in your Halloween costume! Milkshakes for sale beginning at 6:30 pm, cartoons at 7 pm, film begins at 7:45 pm. Docents will be in the Egyptian galleries from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to tour families and answer questions.

Free for Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members. Milkshakes sold separately. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519 or 

Abenaki Storytelling and Musical Event with Joseph Bruchac

Sunday, December 6, 2 pm 
Reception Hall, Level Three

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. His critically acclaimed, best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his Keepers series integrates science and folklore. Bruchac is also a Native North American scholar, collector of myths and legends, preserver of Abenaki culture, poet, musician, educator, and perhaps most of all, extraordinary storyteller. He will spend a Sunday afternoon with families sharing his stories and traditional Abenaki songs and instruments. The Carlos Museum bookstore will be offering a variety of Bruchac’s books for sale at the event. 

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 Marguertite Colville Ingram Fund. The exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with the Creation Stories Project have been made possible by generous grants from the Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; and the Massey Charitable Trust, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Camp Carlos

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. 

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. 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.

Camp Carlos for Teens 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.

Registration for Camp Carlos 2016 will open January 15 for Carlos Museum members and on February 1 for non-members.  For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Camp Carlos 2015 was 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. 

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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.