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.

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.

Lila and the Secret of the Rain
Saturday, January 21
10 AM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

In the African gallery, children will hear the story of a Kenyan girl who saved her village and learn about the vital importance of water in Africa. After looking closely at an incised Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique, children will make clay pinch pots in the studio.


Ancient Greece
Saturday, February 11
10AM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children will explore images of Greek temples in the exhibition In Search of Noble Marbles and learn about columns—Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and even columns that look like women! Then, in the studio, they will make paper “column hats.”



For ages 3 to 5 years with an adult companion. These programs are free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at avuley@emory.edu or 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
Feathered Tunics from Cameroon
Sunday, January 29
2 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Tunics adorned with chicken feathers are often worn by the members of the Kwifoyn society from the grasslands of Cameroon during ceremonies to increase the size and presence of the wearer. Children will view the beautiful feathered tunic in the African Gallery before creating their own brightly colored feathered tunics.

For 6-7 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.

Makonde Clay Vessel
Sundays, February 19 & 26†
2 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

In two consecutive sessions, children will make large, decorated coil pots with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga. In the first session, children will examine a Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique and the intricate designs incised on its surface. Children will then use the same techniques used to make this pot to make their own. In the second session, they will apply a kaolin wash to their fired pots and learn about the importance of water in cultures around the world through the Carlos collections.artist Ana Vizurraga. In the first session, children will examine a Makonde clay vessel from Mozambique and the intricate designs incised on its surface. Children will then use the same techniques used to make this pot to make their own. In the second session, they will apply a kaolin wash to their fired pots and learn about the importance of water in cultures around the world through the Carlos collections.

For 8-12 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.


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


Teen Programs
Teen Workshop: The Book of the Dead
Friday, January 20
6-8 PM, Tate Room, Plaza Level

Known by various names—The Book of Coming Forth by Day, The Book of Emerging Forth into the Light, The Book of the Dead—are ancient Egyptian funerary texts that record magic spells to assist the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Egyptologist Clare Fitzgerald will lead teens on an exploration of The Book of the Dead in an after-hours experience in the Egyptian galleries and in the art studio.

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.

 
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.
Subscribe to Our Children's and Family Programs Email List