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.
School Tours
Why should students visit the Carlos Museum? Because throughout time and across cultures, human beings have taken the materials of the earth and created works of art that express their humanity. From the most beautiful work of sculpture to the humblest ceramic pot; these objects reveal the stories of civilization, from belief systems to political philosophies, to societal roles and structures, to patterns of daily life. Docent-led tours of the collections of the Carlos Museum are designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards in many areas of the curriculum, providing a vivid entry to the study of world cultures through art. Expand the classroom experience and the imaginations of your students with a visit to Emory’s Carlos Museum. During tours students will:
  • build critical-thinking skills
  • compare similarities and differences (Social Studies Skills Matrix #1.)
  • analyze artifacts ( Social Studies Skills Matrix #10.)
  • draw conclusions and make generalizations (Social Studies Skills Matrix #11.)
  • understand how people express their beliefs and ideas through objects (Historical Understanding; all levels).
  • explore diversity and a variety of religious concepts (Historical Understanding; all levels)
  • become acquainted with cultures and traditions from around the world (Historical and Geographic Understanding, all levels).

Teachers may request tours of the Museum's special exhibitions, specific areas of the permanent collection (up to three galleries, choosing from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, South Asia, Art of the Ancient Americas, and Sub-Saharan Africa), or curriculum-based theme tours designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards. See below for curriculum based themes:

Elementary School Archaeology. As they explore the galleries, students will learn about pioneering archaeologists like Kathleen Kenyon and the development of stratigraphy at the ancient site of Jericho. They will discover the excitement of analyzing artifacts once they have come out of the ground, from Egyptian mummies and coffins to sculpture, pottery, and jewelry from ancient Greece. They will discover the role of x-rays, chemical analysis, and other scientific techniques that contribute to an archaeologist’s understanding of an object.

Mythology. The Carlos collections abound with images from favorite mythological stories. Put a Percy Jackson spin on the Greek collection and see the Greek myths through the Rick Riordan characters. In the Egyptian galleries explore the battle between Seth and Osiris, and learn about the "weighing of the heart". The Art of the Americas includes the ancient Andean, Maya, and native north American peoples and their imagery. Students can explore character, plot, and setting, but also the larger meanings the myths had for the cultures that developed them.

Majority Rules. Developed by museum staff and 3rd grade teachers under a grant by the Georgia Humanities Council, this interactive tour for elementary students is aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards for 3rd grade. It introduces students to 5th-century Athens during the construction of the Parthenon and the development of the roots of democracy. The stories on ancient Greek vases depict scenes from the classics of Greek literature from the Trojan War to Odysseus’ voyage; the stories that are the exemplar of excellence and honor. Students will dress in a chiton and learn what it meant to be a Greek citizen; they will wear the olive wreath of the victorious Olympic athlete; and they will barter with blow-up versions of coins from the collection. Visit for the Greek Passport booklet for students, Majority Rules vocabulary, and a follow up lesson plan.
Middle School World Religions. This journey through the galleries explores objects related to Hinduism and Buddhism including Durga subduing the buffalodemon, and Buddha in the famous “calling the earth to witness” posture. Oil lamps, pilgrim flasks, and images of Jonah swimming represent only a few of the objects created during the formative years of Judaism and Christianity. In the African galleries, students will explore objects from the traditional, indigenous religions as well as pieces influenced by the spread of Christianity and Islam.

The Ancient Americans Before the Collision of Cultures. Students explore the civilizations that were in place when the Europeans arrived. Learn about the economic system that united the enormous Inka Empire through the use of a knotted code. The importance of maize is seen in planting implements, painted ceramics, and jewelry. The art of personal adornment is highlighted from giant, gold earspools and labrets to body paint. Students will have an opportunity to decorate their bodies with patterns based on the ancient American roller stamps in the museum.

African Kingdoms. Explore the great African kingdoms including the Asante, Yoruba, and the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. Students will be introduced to images of power in warrior figures, elite jewelry, ritual weapons, and objects that represent spiritual power contained in masks and a magnificent egungun costume. Objects that reflect the influence of European colonization can be seen in traditional shrine sculptures that include images based on imported objects such as umbrellas, top hats, and teapots. The gold figures and weights from Ghana come from the Asante people who once controlled the gold trade and developed kente cloth, the fabric that has come to represent the rich cultures of Africa to much of the world. For additional resources for the African collections, see Discovery Outreach Program Royal Class: Kente, Gold Trade and the Asante Kingdom.

High School

World History. Explore the ancient Mediterranean world, birthplace of writing and laws. See Egyptian and Nubian art showcasing decorated coffins, mummies, and hieroglyphs on papyrus and carved in stone. The Classical galleries emphasize the great stories of civilization on painted pottery and include objects from ancient athletic games, architecture, theater and beautifully crafted items traded throughout the Mediterranean.The Asian galleries introduce the dynamic images of the Hindu religion and the calm serenity of images of the Buddha. Enter the ancient American world for Maya and Inka works expressing the bond between the natural and supernatural worlds and the religious system of shamanism, found throughout the Americas. The African collection includes traditional objects for public festival and private ritual use, and images that show the influence of European colonization.

Ancient Civilizations. The ancient civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, and Greece come to life in the galleries at the Carlos. Students can explore the first settled communities of the Fertile Crescent, where writing, law, and trade developed. They can experience first hand the grandeur of ancient Egypt through mummies, elaborately painted coffins, royal sculpture, and hieroglyphic inscriptions on papyrus. In the ancient Greek galleries, sculpture, painted pottery, coins, and jewelry convey the richness of Greek mythology, the cultural values of honor and excellence, and the development of theater and epic poetry. Students will discover how Alexander the Great spread “Hellenism” from North Africa to Roman Britain through warfare, but also through trade and the spread of the Greek language.

Times and Texts of the Bible. Learn how objects from the Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Classical collections relate to the times and texts of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. Tour includes an exploration of cylinder seals, pilgrim flasks, oil lamps and images of Bible stories left on pottery fragments from 1st century North Africa.

Foreign Languages

Spanish classes: Vea Y Explore. Spanish explorers brought their language to Meso, Central, and South America, but remarkable indigenous cultures predated their arrival. The ancient American galleries feature intricate textiles, elaborate work in gold and silver, and ceramics created by the Inka, Maya and other cultures in the region.

Latin Classes: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis. Since art is long and life, short, seize the day and visit Ulysses and the Cyclops, Menelaus and Helen, Europa and the Bull, and the Emperor Tiberius. Discover the importance of Roman imperial portraiture and propaganda. Find images of metamorphoses and reinforce your reading with scenes from Ovid and Virgil. Explore Roman funeral rituals and translate inscription on cinerary urns. Meet Romulus and Remus and see how important archaeology is in understanding the objects from Roman daily life.

Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries: Tour and Workshop. Throughout history artists have drawn their inspiration and honed their eye by drawing from the great works of art. Why not inspire the young artists of Georgia with the Carlos collections? Spend an hour and a half exploring a collection, discussing the elements of art and drawing technique, and participating in a sustained drawing activity guided by experienced docent-artists.
How to Schedule a School Tour

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292. Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour.  Your tour is not confirmed simply by submiting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?
A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board and the Emory Women's Club has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transportation.  Contact Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.

Group Size: Maximum number is 65 students per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours. Length of Tour: 50 minutes.

Length of Tours: 50 minutes.

Chaperones: One per every ten students required.

Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.

Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.

Directions: Directions to the Museum and Parking Information.

Self-guided tours
Teachers who wish to guide their own groups are welcome to do so. Please remember that self-guided groups must also be scheduled in advance to avoid overcrowding in the galleries.


PLU Courses for Teachers

June 10-13, 2014
Threads of Life: Ancient and Contemporary Central and South American Fiber Arts
2 PLU's

This course will introduce teachers to the history of textiles from Mesoamerica southward to the ancient Andes, and to present day Mexico and the brightly colored yarn paintings of the Wixarika people. The ancients spun and died fibers from plants and animals to create finely woven cloth considered the highest status art form. Textiles were presented as diplomatic gifts to the invading Spanish in order to demonstrate the Inkas’ superior wealth and sophisticated artistic ability. Rebecca Bailey, faculty curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Carlos Museum will discuss the history and position of fiber arts in the cultures of the Americas.  Guest artists Paula Vester and Ana Vizurraga will lead teachers in workshops that can be adapted to the classroom.  Teachers will learn about the Inka record keeping system of knotted cords called a quipu, how to spin alpaca fiber, create and use natural dyes, weave a simple pouch or a belt using a traditional back-strap loom, and create a yarn painting with symbols drawn from the Wixarika culture.

Fee:  $100 Carlos Museum Members, $140 non-members
To register email Julie Green -
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

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carlos Museum offers two paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience during the summer term to augment their academic program. This summer, two interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, forty hours per week, and students are paid $5,000. This summer's internships will begin Monday, May 19 and conclude on August 1, 2014, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is March 21, 2014.

Summer 2014 projects include:

Working with Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, on the upcoming exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, which opens at the Carlos in January 2015, and on the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The Mellon Intern will assist with researching and writing labels; the final planning for African Cosmos; assessing and researching the African collection for reinstallation; and redesigning the permanent galleries.  Some background in contemporary art and traditional African art and strong writing skills preferred.

The project in the Art of the Americas collection revolves around the planned 2017 exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. The Mellon Intern will work with Dr. Rebecca Stone, curator of Art of the Americas, to finalize the object selection, prioritize conservation needs, reconstruct one or more ancient textiles for an article in the exhibition catalogue, and research individual Bolivian and Peruvian pieces. Background in the textile history of Americas, in weaving, and in museology are preferred.
Working with Andi McKenzie, assistant curator of works on paper, the third Mellon internship will focus on the upcoming exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis is Prints and Drawings. This exhibition will consist of works on paper from the Carlos Museum's permanent collection, MARBL, Pitts Library, and other institutions. The Mellon Intern will work closely with Carlos Museum staff in all phases of exhibition planning, including research, developing didactic material, and exhibition layout.

Download the Mellon Internship Application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at

A civilized learning experience. Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as museum curators and Emory faculty members and graduate students discuss works of art in the collections and exhibitions.
Tuesday, September 24
4 pm, Reception Hall

Dr. Jessica Stephenson, assistant professor of art history at Kennesaw State University, discusses the checkered life history of a magnificent carved reliquary figure from the Fang culture of Gabon. As part of this program, Dr. Stephenson will screen Susan Vogel’s masterful short film Fang which mixes documentary and fiction techniques to recount an African art object’s journey through a century of peril and adventure, and uses the film styles of each historical period to tell its story—a whole century of Western attitudes towards African culture packed into eight minutes.    
Tuesday, October 22
4 pm, Reception Hall

Rachel Kreiter, PhD candidate in the Art History Department, discusses images of the Egyptian goddess Hathor in the collection.
Tuesday, November 19
4 pm, Reception Hall

Judith Evans Grubbs, Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History, discusses Roman cinerary urns in the Carlos' collection.

Tuesday, December 3
4 pm, Reception Hall

Emory graduate student An Jiang discusses an Attic black-figure cup fragment in the Carlos's collection and how the piece may inform us about the artistic career of Nearchos, the finest Attic black-figure vase painter before the generation of Exekias. 

Tuesday, January 28
4 pm, Reception Hall

Billie Jean Collins of Emory’s Middle Eastern Studies Department and the Society of Biblical Literature, discusses a Mesopotamian head of a deity now on view on the Ancient Near Eastern Galleries.
Tuesday, February 25
4 pm, Reception Hall

Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, discusses the imagery of vultures in ancient Egyptian art, including a relief of a goddess wearing a vulture headdress in the collection.
Tuesday, March 18
4 pm, Reception Hall

Ancient American scholar Dr. Laura Wingfield discusses a group of Colombian female sculptures in the collection that represent the female life cycle. 
Tuesday, April 22
4 pm, Reception Hall

Dr. Tara Doyle of Emory’s Religion Department discusses an extraordinary red sandstone figure of the Buddha in the collection.

Tuesday, May 6
4 pm, Reception Hall

Jan Rippentrop, student in Emory's Graduate Division of Religion, discusses a series of prints depicting biblical scenes of the life of Sampson featured in the exhibition Mirroring the Saints.
Chamber Music Concerts
The Office of Educational presents a series of noontime chamber music concerts performed by members and guests of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. The concerts are free and open to the Emory community and the public. Please arrive early as these concerts fill up quickly!

This year's series includes:

Friday, September 27
Noon, Reception Hall
The Vega String Quartet perform Twentieth-Century String Quartet Masterpieces including works by Ravel, Bartok, Shostakovich, and Philip Glass.

Thursday, October 24
Noon, Reception Hall
In a program titled Professors of the Practice, violinist Cynthia Patterson, professor of history; cellist Richard Patterson, professor of philosophy; clarinetist Ashraf Attalla, professor of psychology; and pianist Guy Benian, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, join members of the Vega String Quartet to perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Weber.
Friday, November 22
Noon, Reception Hall
In a program titled Beethoven in the 90s, the Vega String Quartet perform Beethoven’s op. 95 (String Quartet), 96 (Violin/PianoSonata), 97 (Archduke Trio) and 98.  Tenor Bradley Howard joins the program to sing To the Distant Beloved.
Friday, December 6
Noon, Reception Hall
The Vega String Quartet perform a program titled Bach's Lunch.

Friday, January 31
Noon, Reception Hall
Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse with a program of traditional Chinese music.

Friday, February 14
Noon, Reception Hall
A program of Valentine’s Day Love Songs features instrumental and vocal music of love with tenor Bradley Howard, pianist William Ransom, and the Vega String Quartet

Friday, March 21
Noon, Reception Hall
The Emory Univeristy Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Friday, April 18
Noon, Reception Hall
Emory's Young Artists program features the university's best undergraduate talent.

Friday, May 9
Noon, Reception Hall
Ransom Notes features Kate Ransom, violin; and William Ransom, piano.
How to Schedule a Tour for Your Homeschool Group

The Michael C. Carlos Museum welcomes homeschool school groups to explore the Museum's collections and special exhibitions with members of the Museum's Docent Guild.

To schedule a guided tour, download the new Tour Reservation Request Form, which can be filled out and returned to the Museum by email to or by fax to 404-727-4292.
After typing information into the form please click the Save button at the end of the form.
Once your tour request form is received, you will be contacted by Office of Educational Programs staff to confirm your tour. Your tour is not confirmed simply by submitting the request form, but only when you have received an email confirmation and invoice.

Tour Times: Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.
Group Size: Maximum number is 65 students per hour. Grade levels larger than 65 may schedule back to back tours.
Length of Tour: 50 minutes.
Chaperones: One per every ten students required.
Fees: Visits are $6 per student. One chaperone for every ten students is free. Additional adults are $7 each.
Confirmation: You will receive an email confirming your tour date and time and invoicing you for payment.
Directions: Directions to the Museum and Parking Information.
Workshops for Teachers

Teachers tell us that the workshops and PLU courses at the Michael C. Carlos Museum are unique. They value these programs because of the engaging content and the opportunity to work in small groups with scholars and artists who are not only experts in their areas, but masterful and generous instructors.  Join us this academic year for a rich mix of workshops that range from explorations in the galleries with Emory faculty and curators, to hands-on art experiences with glass-making and the ancient and alluring plant material indigo.

Workshops will be held from 5-7 pm and will meet in the Tate Room on the Plaza Level. Unless otherwise noted the fee is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To register contact Julie Green at

This year's workshops include:

Thursday, September 19

5pm, Tate Room

Mapping for the Classroom

Teachers will explore the maps in the special exhibition, Antichita, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, focusing especially on the sixteenth-century reconstruction of the ancient city by Pirro Ligorio.  Michael Page, cartographer with Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship will lead teachers in a discussion of maps as symbolic drawings of physical features as well as subjective experiences of place.  The workshop will include strategies and techniques to use in the classroom for mapping familiar places as a means of understanding geography, history, and ones individual relationship to a physical place.

Thursday, October 24

5pm, Tate Room

The Roman Connection

Eric Varner, Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Emory, will lead K-12 classroom teachers through the exhibition Antichita, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, and explore the permanent collection of ancient Roman art, noting relationships and connections between Ligorio’s reconstruction of the ancient city from 1561 and the antiquities at the Carlos Museum.

Thursdays, November 7 and 14

5pm, Tate Room

Indigo in Africa: Two-Part Workshop

As a substance and a color, indigo in Africa is invested with rich symbolism and purpose. Join Dr. Jessica Stephenson, assistant professor of art history at Kennesaw State University, in exploring the uses of indigo— from prestige textiles to pigment rubbed into shrine sculpture. In the second part of the workshop Atlanta fiber artist Paula Vester will lead teachers through the indigo-dyeing process using traditional wooden stamps and stitching-and-gathering techniques that may be adapted for the classroom.  Fee:  $15 for members, $25 non-members.

Thursday, January 23

5pm, Tate Room
Bearden and the Black Odyssey

Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, Bearden’s Odyssey series created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African American culture. Join Atlanta artist Kevin Sipp in a journey through the exhibition and exploring the universality of Odysseus’ search for home.  While Bearden experimented with many different media and artistic styles, he may be best known for his richly textured collages. In the studio, teachers will participate in a collage workshop and learn techniques to adapt this art form to classroom learning.

Thursday, January 30

5pm, Tate Room
Romare Bearden and Homer's Odyssey

Join Dr. Jasper Gaunt, curator of Greek and Roman art at the Carlos Museum for a look at Odysseus’ journey in Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey and in sculpture and on Greek vases in the museum’s permanent collection. Included will be a cuirass or breastplate beautifully articulated as an early example of life size sculpture, several representations of the bewitching siren, a scene of the fall of Troy with Menelaus confronting Helen in the Temple of Athena, and a monumental, twenty-five foot mosaic depicting the Greeks and Amazons battling the Trojans.

Thursday, April 3                     THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

5pm, Tate Room
Sacred Writing: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt

Egyptologist Andrea Shanley, will lead this workshop, exploring the formal writing reserved for religious texts, literally “sacred writing”.  Dr. Shanley will discuss the education of scribes and how to read standard funerary texts, and will lead teachers through a lesson to form basic hieroglyphs. Armed with their new knowledge, teachers will go into the Egyptian galleries to decipher some of the ancient writing on an Old Kingdom false door, a papyrus fragment, and coffins from the Middle Kingdom through the 26th dynasty.

Thursday, April 17

5:30 pm, Tate Room
Fire Power: Ancient Glass Workshop

Ancient Glass was often deemed the work of craftsmen using magic as they transformed the common materials of sand, salts, and ash into translucent wonders with fire.  Andrea Shanley, Egyptologist and specialist in ancient glass, will introduce teachers to the history of glass and tour them through the ancient Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman collections. Teachers will work with artists from Janke Glass Studio and experiment with three glass-making processes—bead-making, mille fiore, and glass-blowing.  Fee:  $20 for members, $30 for non members.  Registration is required by emailing     Julie Green at
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.

University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos


African American Studies AAS385W-001 
Black Odyssey: Migration, Home, and the African American Cultural Experience
Dr. Mark Sanders, Professor of English and Chair, African American Studies
Dr. Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor of Music

Taking up music, literature, film, and the visual arts, this course will examine the multiple ways in which African Americans have attempted to forge and articulate individual and collective identity within a western political and artistic context. Thus, in addition to a close examination of Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey series itself, on view in the Carlos galleries, the course will explore the role of jazz and gospel, for example, relative to black migration north and into urban centers; we will read slave narratives and their formulations of flight and selfhood; and we will examine African American visual artists and their interpretations of mobility and identity formation.

Art History 319R
The Life and Afterlife of Egyptian Statues
Rachel Krieter
Using Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, this seminar will offer an in-depth look at Egyptian statuary: its form, function, context, and relationship to other ancient Egyptian media and statuary of other cultures. Students can expect to become familiar with various statue types and gain the ability to date objects, as well as make cross-disciplinary comparisons between Egyptology and other fields of art history through three-dimensional Egyptian sculpture. Additionally, the course will present theory and issues in the study of objects such as ownership and reuse, repatriation, modern reception, and collection.

Art History 729
Roman Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Current Issues in Roman Art History

Eric Varner
The Michael C.  Carlos Museum has amassed an impressive collection of ancient Roman art.  This seminar will extensively examine the portraits, reliefs, sarcophagi, statuary, funerary urns, gems and ceramics housed in the museum and situate them within broader trends and current theoretical frameworks in Roman art historical discourse.  In addition, students will work closely with individual objects in the museum and the seminar will address important issues of social, political, historical and aesthetic meaning, as well as context, reception, and production.  The seminar will also address issues of collecting (several pieces in the Museum have provenance histories stretching back to the 16th, 17th,  18th and early 19th centuries), conservation and museum display.
Art History 393/ Phys 380
Special Topic – Investigating Art with Physics

Renee Stein, Conservator
This course will introduce students to a selection of art materials and to the physical techniques used to analyze them. Questions of material choice, working method, authenticity, provenance, and restoration are each addressed through the scientific investigation of art. Lecture and discussion will consider historical uses of materials in the production of art, as well as the circumstances motivating the scientific investigation of specific objects. Case studies from the Carlos Museum collection will provide context for these discussions. In hands-on workshops students will produce paper, drawings, and paintings on which they will conduct practical lab experiments using beta radiography, infrared reflectography, neutron activation analysis, and ultraviolet fluorescence. Prior coursework in physics, visual arts, or art history is not required.

Art History 592

Rebecca Stone, Massie Martin/NEH Professor of Art History
This seminar will address the curatorial aspects of museum work, as practiced currently at university museums such as the Michael C. Carlos Museum and municipal museums such as the High Museum of Art. There will be real-time, hands-on exhibition planning, case design, and label and wall-text writing projects on future installations. Ancient American (First Nations) and Works on Paper collections will be featured.  Meetings with staff at the MCCM will introduce the roles played by the various departments as they work together to create these installations.

Museum Tours

Public Tours: Members of the Museum's Docent Guild lead public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tours begin in the Rotunda on Level One of the Museum.

Docent-led tours are available for groups of ten or more by appointment. Please call 404-727-0519 to schedule a tour for your group. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

For special needs tours, please contact Julie Green by phone at 404-727-2363 or by email at

Homeschool Day at the Carlos

Friday, February 14, 2014
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Myths Meet Modernism in Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Carlos Museum docents will tour homeschool families through Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey and the classical collection of Greek and Roman art through the lens of Homer’s Odyssey. Families will see images of Odysseus, the Sirens, and the Cylcops, as well as images of the gods and goddesses who play a role in the epic in Bearden's collages and in sculpture and on vases in museum's permanent collection. After viewing the images, families will have the opportunity to create a colorful collage using the same techniques and Color Aid paper that Bearden used. This event is free with museum admission. A reservation is required by emailing

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Carlos Reads Book Club

Carlos Reads offers an opportunity to read great works of literature related to the Museum's collections and exhibitions in an informal, small group setting with distinguished members of the Emory faculty as a guide. Previous Carlos Reads groups have read Plato's Symposium, Herodotus' Histories, the Qur'an, and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, among others. Sign up to read and discuss one book, or many.

Carlos Reads discussions meet on Monday nights, unless otherwise noted, at 7:30 pm in the Board Room on Level Two of the museum. Prices vary according to the number of sessions and always include the cost of the book. Registration is required for each club by calling 404 727-6118 or emailing

During the 2013-14 academic year, participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss the following books:

Monday, September 9

Aristophanes' The Birds
Long before e.e. cummings suggested "there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go," Aristophanes sent two Athenians in search of one.  His Birds asks what it would be like if the bottom of the food chain took over for the gods—or do they really?  Go to the crows (find out what that means!) and put on some wings with Niall W. Slater of Emory's Department of Classics, as we explore one of Aristophanes' masterpieces. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Monday, October 21

Two women, two artists, two worlds in transition. 20th century writer Anna Banti stumbles upon the story of 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, daughter of a famous painter, brilliant in her own right yet unknown and unheard of. Though information was scarce, Anna begins to create a presence of this "sister" of centuries before and drafts a manuscript. She imagines Artemisia's struggles as a female artist in a male dominated time and profession and finds kinship in her own efforts as a writer centuries later. The violence of rape that defined Artemisia's life echo the world of violence of Nazi occupied Italy in which Anna lives. Anna is writing in war-torn Florence where the bombing of her home destroys the only copy of her work. Starting over again was an almost impossible task but Artemisia had now taken on a voice and presence of her own and she haunted Anna, driving her to write her story again. This time however, Anna was not writing alone but in a constant state of complement and contrast with Artemisia. The two artists flow together to render a touching and challenging story of parallel lives as female artists living in a world of violence, and most of all needing to find one's own voice in the midst of chaos.
In conjunction with the exhibition Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, Judy Raggi Moore of Emory's Italian Department, explores with readers the voices of Anna and Artemisia, of Baroque Rome and Nazi occupied Florence, of writer and painter, of woman and artist as they weave, intersect, and clash across the centuries. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Monday, November 11
Aztec Poetry
The Aztecs are known for their lyrical poetry, which was sung or chanted before the Spanish invasions and then written down in early Colonial times. Miguel Leon-Portilla's Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World presents their musings on love, nature, the human condition, and the brevity of life. Rebecca Stone, Massie Martin/NEH Distinguished Professor of Art History, will explore with readers the metaphors, subtexts, and context of a few select poems by named poets, including a ruler and a woman. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

In conjunction with the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, Louise Pratt, chair of the Classics Department, will lead readers though contemporary reinterpretations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey including:
Monday, December 16
The Penelopiad
The Penelopiad, by Canadian author and poet Margaret Atwood, retells the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view, offering a humorous, feminine perspective and reevaluating many of Homer's interpretations of Helen, Penelope, her maidservants and, of course, Odysseus himself.
Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Monday, January 27

Ransom, by one of Australia's preeminent novelists, David Malouf, retells the story of Iliad 24, Priam's ransoming of the body of Hector from the hero Achilles. It echoes familiar Homeric themes of war, fatherhood, mortality and humanity, but with modern attention to the internal reflections of both major and minor characters, including the lowly carter who brings Priam to the camp of the Greeks. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Monday, February 10
Big Fish

Much like the film O Brother Where Art Thou, Big Fish: A Novel of Epic Proportions by North Carolina writer Daniel Wallace offers a very modern take on the Odyssey. The wandering, storytelling, philandering father, now on his deathbed, is considered through the eyes of his less aspiring son. Like the Penelopiad, Big Fish complicates our perspective on Odysseus with humor and imagination. Like Ransom, it examines major themes of father-son relations, mortality, the journey and, of course, storytelling. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.

Monday, March 3
ost Books of the Odyssey
The Lost Books of the Odyssey
by a computer scientist from California, Zachary Mason, offers multiple perspectives on both the Iliad and the Odyssey by presenting numerous fragmentary vignettes that fundamentally alter and reconsider major episodes in the legends surrounding Odysseus and the Trojan War. Like all of the authors we will read in this series, Mason explores issues of truth and lies in storytelling, of possibility, of family relations, and above all of identity and metaphor. Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.
Monday, April 21
Half of a Yellow Sun

Pamela Scully, of Emory’s Program in African Studies, will lead readers through Half of a Yellow Sun in which Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the relationship between twin sisters of an academic family in the context of late 1960s Nigeria. The novel is set in the lead up to and experience of the Biafran War of 1967,  in which oil-rich southeastern Nigeria tried to secede from the rest of the country.  We will explore relationships between siblings and twins in particular (Professor Scully is herself an identical twin); the African middle class, and how this novel is one of the first to depict this; the history and legacies of the Biafran War; and learn a bit about Chimamanda Adiche, who is a leading novelist of a younger generation pioneering new approaches to writing about Africa in the 21st century.

Fee: $20 for Carlos Museum members; $25 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.
Monday, May 5

63 BC was the highlight of Marcus Tullius Cicero’s career.  Holding the highest office in Rome, he singlehandedly exposed a dangerous conspiracy within the Roman state in his Catilinarian Orations and in so doing produced his single most significant political, artistic, and rhetorical achievement.  Jonathan Master of Emory’s Classics Department will lead readers through two short works that deal with the conspiracy in which Cicero, using only his political acumen and razor sharp oratory, successfully drives disgruntled high-born Roman citizen, Lucius Sergius Catilina out of the city.  The first text will be Cicero’s first Catilinarian, a dramatic speech in which he confronts the principal conspirator Catiline in the Roman senate.  Our second reading will be Catiline’s War, a historical account of the conspiracy and the eventual defeat of Catiline and his forces in battle, written by Gaius Sallustius Crispus, Cicero’s contemporary and himself a disgraced politician. 
Fee: $25 for Carlos Museum members; $30 for non-members and includes the cost of the book.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 404.727.6118.



Evening for Educators

Thursday, January 9

5pm, Reception Hall
Evening for Educators

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey features one of the preeminent artists of the twentieth century exploring the enduring themes of Homer’s Odyssey. This exhibition simultaneously expands our view of the Bearden canon and his influence as an artist, while reinforcing Homer’s continuing relevance as a poet.  K-12 teachers are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, tour the Romare Bearden exhibition, and hear an introduction to the themes of the show by Kevin Sipp, local artist and former curator of The Hammonds House Museum. The Bookshop will offer a 10% discount for teachers this night only. This is a FREE event. RSVP is required by emailing Julie Green at
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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.
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Access to Images in the Carlos Museum Collections
Over 1,000 high resolution images of works of art in the Carlos Museum's collections are available online through a web-based, searchable database called Luna. Browse the collection or, log in with an Emory user id and password to create "media groups" and export images into presentation programs such as PowerPoint and Keynote, as well as social media programs. Information on using Luna is available here.
Funding for Field Trips

Need help funding transportation for a Museum visit?

A generous member of the Carlos Museum's Advisory Board has given funding to support the cost of bus transportation to the Museum for Title I schools.  K-12 teachers may receive up to $300 towards the cost of bus transporation.  Contact Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or to apply. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Target Field Trip Grants provides grants that allow teachers and students to learn in all kinds of settings. To apply for a Field Trip Grant go to

Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For information, please contact Julie Green at

Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Lectures, Symposia, and Gallery Talks
The Museum's commitment of academic excellence is reflected in the lectures, symposia, and gallery talks presented by the Office of Educational Programs. The Museum draws on the rich resources of the University's faculty and supports Emory's academic mission by bringing nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and artists to campus. Most of these public lectures and symposia are free and all are open to the Emory community and the public. For a listing of upcoming programs, please see the Calendar.
Information for Faculty

The collections of the Michael C. Carlos Museum represent an important curricular resource for Emory faculty. Comprised of over 16,000 works from the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, the ancient Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and works on paper from the middle ages to the present, the collections offer unique opportunities to engage students in discussions about original works of art and the civilizations that produced them.

The galleries provide an intimate setting for “out of the classroom” teaching. The diverse collections provide points of connection with a variety of disciplines and unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in art history, classics, religion, creative writing, dance, anthropology, and the sciences use the collections regularly in their teaching. The Museum encourages faculty from all disciplines to take advantage of the teaching opportunities available in the galleries and in the Museum’s classroom space using objects and works on paper from storage.

Guided and self-guided tours for students are available by calling 404 727-0519. Members of the Museum staff are available to help create connections between the Museum’s collections and exhibitions and coursework.

The Museum works with academic departments on campus to develop public programs of interest to the academic community. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.

Audio Tours

An MP3 audio tour of highlights of the the permanent collection is available at the Reception Desk on Level One. The MP3 format allows visitors to hear from Museum and University experts at the touch of a button. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.

A second audio tour makes connections between the Museum's permanent collections and the times and texts Bible. Curators and faculty members from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies explore objects in relation to biblical texts to enhance our understanding of the cultures out of which Judaism and Christianity developed. The guide is available for a rental fee of $2. Museum members enjoy unlimited free usage.


The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

Voted "Best Use of New Technology for Exploring Ancient Ideas" in the 2008 "Best of Atlanta" issue of Atlanta Magazine!

Download any podcast to your iPod or any portable mp3 player, bring it to the museum and receive free admission!

Send us your comments about Carlos Conversation podcasts.

Odyssey Online

The Carlos Museum's interactive web site for kids of all ages continues to grow and expand. The ancient American and Greek sections have recently been updated. The Egyptian site is being updated now. Imaginative design and interactive technology create an engaging and entertaining way to explore the art and culture of the ancient world. Designed for the elementary and middle school student, Odyssey Online allows self-directed exploration of works of art in the Museum's collections and the cultures that produced them.

Visit Odyssey Online: Greece

Visit Odyssey Online: Ancient Americas