Educators @ the Carlos
by Leigh Ann Putman on 5/31/2017

Explore the science and artistry of indigenous American culture in this year’s Summer Teacher Institute at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Educators will examine masterpieces created by indigenous artists with museum curator and professor, Dr. Rebecca Stone in anticipation of the exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles (August 19-December 17, 2017). Participants will have special access to works which will be included in the exhibition and will learn about the cultures that produced them, such the Maya, Guna, and both ancient and contemporary Andean cultures.

Teachers will work with master textile artist and teacher, Paula Vester learning to spin, dye, and weave fiber to create a bag of their own. Ms. Vester will lead the group in working with dyes that have been used since ancient times in the Americas- indigo and cochineal- and show teachers how to create STEAM projects for students by collecting, categorizing, and dyeing with materials from their local environments.

Finally, teachers will work together with the support of Dr. Stone and Ms. Vester to create lesson plans that utilize the skills and content they have learned in the institute and will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Fee: $100 for members and $120 non-members and includes all materials as well as coffee and light breakfast

To register please contact Clare Fitzgerald at or (404) 727-2363.