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, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation.

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)


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) ONLY THREE SPACES LEFT!
June 23-27 (ages 10-12)

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 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.
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 our collections.

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but a reservation is required by calling 404.727.0519.

Saturday, March 22
10 am, Asian Galleries, Level One
Artful Stories
More than two thousand years ago, the Buddha told stories to his followers to illustrate the importance of compassion, love, and kindness. Hear three of these stories, “Jatakas”, in the calm presence of several Buddhas in the Asian gallery. After looking carefully at these serenely seated figures, make an image of the Buddha in gold ink on indigo colored paper, similar to the illustrations in an ancient book of Buddhist stories.

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free, but a reservation is required by calling 404.727.0519.

Saturday, April 19
10 am, Asian Gallery, Level One
Artful Stories
The Adventures of Rama is a children’s version, beautifully illustrated with 16th-century miniature paintings, of the Indian epic The Ramayana. Rama, the hero of the story, encounters many demons, giants, and holy men as he endeavors to rescue his wife, Sita, who has been kidnapped by the evil ten-headed demon Ravana. After the reading, take a look at recently acquired Indian miniatures that illustrate scenes from the story, followed by making a small painting in the Indian miniature tradition.

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free, but a reservation is required by calling 404.727.0519.

Saturday, May 3
10 am, Greek and Roman Galleries, Level One
Artful Stories
The life of Achilles, the greatest warrior of the Iliad, is set when the Fates—goddesses who shape the future—announce that his destiny is bound to the city of Troy. Listen to The Fate of Achilles and learn about this hero’s sense of honor and devotion to his cousin Patroclus. After the story, explore the Greek and Roman galleries and see the recently installed twenty-five foot mosaic of Achilles at the walls of Troy and other objects depicting his life. In the classroom, children will make a small mosaic. 

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free, but a reservation is required by calling 404.727.0519.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Bloomingdale's Fund of the Macy's 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.

Friday, March 28
6:30-8:30 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Tibetan Sand Painting Drop-in Activity for Children

Children of all ages are invited to observe the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery at work on the sand mandala and then create their own personal multi-colored sand paintings using traditional copper tools and brightly colored sand.  For all ages. Program is free; however, registration is required by calling 404.727.0519.

Sunday, April 6
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Egyptian Hieroglyphs Workshop for Children
The ancient Egyptians used a pictorial writing system called hieroglyphs for religious texts and monuments. Led by Egyptologist Annie Shanley, children will learn to read and write this fascinating ancient language by reading and copying inscriptions on coffins, tomb reliefs, and statues in the Egyptian galleries.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404.727.0519.

Sunday, May 4*
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Indian Miniature Workshop for Children

Artist and illustrator Ande Cook will take children to see newly installed Indian miniature paintings that depict scenes from the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Rama, the hero of the story, is the model of an ideal man. After looking at the miniature paintings, Ms. Cook will teach children how to make a miniature painting of their own.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $12 for Carlos Museum members; $15 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 404.727.0519.

*This program was listed incorrectly in the printed museum calendar as occurring on Saturday, May 3. 

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

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.

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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.