Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.
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 email@example.com.
This year's workshops include:
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
Thursday, January 23
5pm, Tate Room
Bearden and the Black Odyssey
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch a fifteen-minute video with exhibition curator Robert G. O'Meally and others discussing Bearden's life, his work, and specifically the "Odyssey" series.
Listen to a playlist of some of the music that inspired Bearden's work in this and other artistic endeavors. Dr. Robert O'Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Director of Jazz Studies at Columbia University, curated this list of Bearden-related songs by some of the greatest jazz and blues artists who ever lived.
Hear a tour of select works from the audio tour for Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey! The tour will guide you through Homer's scenes and give you rare insight into the way Romare Bearden reinvented The Odyssey with universal appeal. Listen to Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Columbia University Dr. Robert O'Meally, Diedra Harris-Kelley, Bearden's neice and co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation; and artist, writer and musician, Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, chat about Romare Bearden, music, art, and The Odyssey in these candid interviews, filled with drama and great storytelling! The audio tour can also be downloaded in the iTunes Store.
Students can create their own collage art using an exciting iPad app developed for the exhibition.
Explore these and other educational materials at the SITES Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey website.
The Carlos Museum has developed a number of programs for K-12 teachers in conjunction with the exhibition.
CONNECT BEARDEN'S COLLAGES TO THE CARLOS' PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:
View these slides for an introduction to Bearden's Black Odyssey series connected to objects in the Museum's Greek collections related to Homer's Iliad and Odyssey as well as works of ancient Egyptian and 19th and 20th century sub-Saharan African art of the sort that inspired the artist's imagery. Please select "captions" at the lower right hand corner of the program in order to view accompanying text.
Evening for Educators
Thursday, January 9, 5 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
K-12 teachers are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, tour Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, and hear an introduction to the themes of the exhibition by local artist Kevin Sipp. The Bookshop will offer a 10% discount for teachers this night only. This is a FREE event; however a reservation is required by emailing Julie Green at email@example.com.
Bearden and the Black Odyssey Workshop for Teachers
Thursday, January 23, 5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
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 on a journey through the exhibition 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. Fee: $7 for Carlos Museum members; $10 non-members. Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Romare Bearden and Homer’s Odyssey Workshop for Teachers
Thursday, January 30, 5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Join Dr. Jasper Gaunt, curator of Greek and Roman art at the Carlos, for a look at Odysseus’ journey in Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey and in sculpture and vase-painting in the museum’s permanent collection of Greek and Roman art. Fee: $7 for Carlos Museum members; $10 non-members. Registration is required by emailing email@example.com.
Image: Romare Bearden. Circe, 1977. Collage. Courtesy The Estate of Nanette Bearden and the DC Moore Gallery, New York
This is a 2 ½ hour experience and will include:
- Docent-guided tour of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey and the permanent collection galleries where ancient Greek objects relating to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and ancient Egyptian and 19th and 20th century African art of the sort that inspired Bearden are on view.
- Participating in a collage workshop where the students will have the opportunity to explore their version of journey and the concept of “home”. The workshop will be taught by Kevin Sipp, teaching artist and former curator at Hammonds House Museum of African American Art (students will eat their lunches while they make their collages).
Before you come:
Please make sure that students know that the following items are not allowed in the galleries:
- Large purses
Leave on the bus:
- Back packs, notebooks, pens and pencils
- Heavy coats and jackets
- Lunches, which must be marked with the student's name, will be collected on carts at the entrance to the museum, taken to the Reception Hall on Level Three, where the students will have lunch, followed by the collage workshop.
SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services), the organizer of the Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey exhibition, has developed a number of engaging educational resources for teachers to use as pre- or post-visit experiences with students including a fifteen-minute video with exhibition curator Robert G. O'Meally and others discussing Bearden's life, his work, and specifically the "Odyssey" series.
Other resources for learning about the exhibition are available on the Programs for Teachers page of the Carlos Museum website.
On Thursday, January 9, @ 5 pm, APS teachers are invited to an Evening for Educators where they may enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, tour Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, and hear an introduction to the themes of the exhibition by local artist Kevin Sipp. The Bookshop will offer a 10% discount for teachers this night only. This is a FREE event; however a reservation is required by emailing Julie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Lead Teacher
- A maximum of 180 students may attend each day.
- Please divide the students into groups of 12 ahead of time.
- The lead teacher should check in with the Carlos Museum's Office of Educational Programs staff on the Plaza Level upon arrival. The teacher will need to know many groups of 12 there are.
- Each group must be assigned a chaperone.
- The collage workshop and lunch will take place in the Museum Reception Hall, Level Three. Please help us keep the room neat by disposing of trash in the receptacles provided.
For general directions to the Emory campus, please visit Emory's website. www.emory.edu/home/about/visiting/directions.html
Where to enter campus and park buses:
- From North Decatur Road turn onto Clifton Road at the intersection near the Law School and Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
- Turn left at the first traffic light onto Fishburne Drive
- Proceed down Fishburne Drive through one stop sign, bearing left.
- At the second stop sign the bus can unload students at the brick paving area at the end of Mizell Drive. That point is closest to the Museum.
- Students can proceed on foot to the right, across the bridge, to the Museum's pyramid-shaped entrance.
- Buses should make a left turn, then an immediate right turn, continuing on Fishburne Drive until they come to the designated bus parking area across from Glenn Memorial Church.
- To meet students after the tour at the brick paving area, exit parking area by turning right onto Dowman Drive. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Oxford Road. Go ¾ around the traffic circle onto North Decatur Road and enter the campus as you did before: Clifton Road to Fishburne. Meet the students at the brick paving area.
The Color-aid paper used in the collage workshop is the same paper used in Bearden's collages. Purchase of the workshop materials was made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Community Grant Program, funded by MetLife Foundation, proud sponsor of this programs.
Thursday, January 9
5pm, Reception Hall
Evening for Educators
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 email@example.com 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 www.target.com/grants.