Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Art-Making Workshop August 16-17 August 13, 2014

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Join us this weekend for more fun-filled afternoons of art-making. Our focus piece can be found in Gallery 102. It looks like a big wrinkled cloth from far away, but as you get closer you might be surprised by the material! Take a good look, and then make your way outside to Mi Casa, Your Casa to make necklaces inspired by this piece. 

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Looking for something fun to do on the weekend? We’ll be here– Same place, same time.

Family Art-making Workshops

Saturdays and Sundays

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Sifly Piazza

(Through the beginning of November)

 

Art-Making Workshop August 9-10 August 8, 2014

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Please tell me you have seen the awesome, interactive red houses of Mi Casa, Your Casa on our piazza. Need to put your feet up after walking the galleries?  Head outside to take it easy in one of our hammocks!  Hungry? We’ve got a Nathan’s Hotdog cart and ice cream in a nice shady corner. Need a creative idea to get your kiddos hands moving and minds working? Bring them every weekend for some fresh-air fun at our Family Art-making Workshops!

This weekend’s project:

The whole Woodruff Arts Center worked together for months to knit and crochet pieces for a “yarn bomb” of one of the red houses. It was installed this week!  Swing by with the whole family to make your own yarn-bombed bookmark to take home.

In case of rain, we will move inside to the Robinson Atrium and have just as much fun!

 

Family Art-making Workshops

Saturdays and Sundays

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Sifly Piazza

(Through the beginning of November)

 

Get Outside! July 25, 2014

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Atlanta boasts quite a bit of green space for a big city.  Many houses have wooded yards, the Beltline cuts through some gorgeous areas, and Piedmont Park is 185 acres right in the middle of the city. How about taking an adventure to the great outdoors around us and taking the family on a nature treasure hunt? Send out your little adventurers in search of pinecones, funny-shaped rocks, ferns, and bugs.  Encourage them build fairy houses out of twigs and leaves. Let them stay up a little past their bedtime to have a night picnic and keep watch for fireflies. Give them little notebooks to catalog their outdoor findings. Have a fun en plein air watercolor session outside!

Our city has so much to offer and sometimes nature can be the best teacher.  Let’s get outside!

 

Erupting Ice Chalk! July 16, 2014

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Summer sure doesn’t let up in Georgia, does it? This is definitely the hottest place I have ever lived.  The heat has me scouring the web for new ideas to keep cool and have fun.  Lately I’ve been stumbling upon creative ideas for chalk and outdoor play. I have three words for you… Erupting Ice Chalk! I bet I have your attention now!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Equal parts water, cornstarch, and baking soda. (You can start out with a 1/3 c. of each)
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar
  • Ice cube trays
  • Squeeze bottle

Mix together the water, cornstarch, and baking soda. You’ll end up with a nice white base that will make vibrant colors.  Split up the mixture into different bowls (based on the number of different colors you want to make.) Add food coloring to each of the bowls and mix.  Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.

Here’s where the fun part begins! Take your kids outside and let them go to town stacking, sliding, and painting with the melting ice cubes. You can hose off the driveway or sidewalk beforehand to make the paint spread more quickly and easily if you want. Once the cubes are sufficiently melty, squeeze some vinegar onto the colorful mess and watch it erupt!  The best part is you can hose down the cement, and voila! No mess!

Erupting Ice Chalk is a science experiment, an art project, and a way to beat the heat all rolled up into one super cool activity.

 

 

Opening Weekend: Mi Casa, Your Casa July 9, 2014

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Hola muchachos! We have a very exciting month ahead of us.  Dream Cars has settled in for the summer, we have two new exhibitions in the Ann Cox Chambers Gallery, a newly-hung exhibition on the Lower Level, and a very special move-in date on the calendar. What is moving in, you ask? The thirty-six red houses that will make up our ambitious new Sifly Piazza installation Mi Casa, Your Casa! Our friends Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena are two leading contemporary designers in Mexico and the masterminds behind our red houses. Their 3-D open frames serve as an invitation to you and yours to come over and play!  We have months of planning lined up that will knock your socks off.

Everything kicks off with our opening fiesta on the weekend of July 18th. Family fun starts early on Saturday morning with two outdoor yoga classes right in the houses! There will be performances, art-making, outdoor games, and music!

Needless to say, this is going to be one weekend to remember.  And the best part is that the fun doesn’t stop!  We have art-making workshops and super cool activities planned throughout the summer and beyond. If summer vacation has your family going stir-crazy, bring them over to our houses! After all, Mi Casa is Your Casa.

The red houses have arrived and we are working together as a Woodruff Arts Center community to assemble them. Swing by to see our progress! For more information and specifics about the installation and our opening weekend celebration visit http://www.high.org/en/Programs/Programs/Events/2014-Events/Piazza-Programs/Sifly-Piazza-Programming.aspx

 

Goodbye and Hello July 3, 2014

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He has been a well-loved figure in everyday High life for years.  His honest gaze and listening ears have comforted many. He is exceptionally well-read and has a keen appreciation for the art in our galleries. However the time has come to say farewell to an old friend.  Ellsworth Kitty, our beloved education volunteer is retiring.  He has been a familiar face at Toddler Thursday for many years and has never missed a story time. But, don’t fear, Toddlers, parents, and alumni! Ellsworth has been training his replacement and would like to introduce you all to his dear friend Alex Cats.  No, he is not the famous contemporary painter whose works we collect in our gallery.  He is, however, an exceedingly cuddly and clean grey kitty that loves kids, learning, and playing with yarn balls.  We believe he will be a great fit here at the museum, even though he as big paw-prints to fill.

So be sure to give Alex Cats a hearty hello and a nice hug to welcome him to life at the museum!

 

Nellie Mae Rowe: At Night Things Come to Me July 2, 2014

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Next time you visit the museum, go on a little scavenger hunt. You might be surprised at what you find!
Go up to the fourth floor of the Stent Wing. From the elevator, move straight ahead weaving throughout the maze of interesting furniture and contemporary jewelry. See that big reflective loopy chair? Turn to your left. If you see a life-size metal horse, you are on the right track. Once past the horse, turn right at the pink angel on the wall. This gallery has a smaller room within the room. Once you have found your way into its center, you have found your prize!
The colorful pieces in this room are the works of folk artist Nellie Mae Rowe and they can be great way to engage your little ones at the museum. Rowe was a self-taught artist working in materials that kids can truly understand: crayon, colored pencil, and even bubble gum! She portrays creatures with features of different animals, houses, and people in a way that children of all ages can relate to. Her imagination was vibrant and untamed. In one drawing, whose title gives this exhibition its name, she drew herself in her bed at night with the creatures of her imagination swirling about her head.
A fun activity based on the works of Rowe would be to have your kids draw pictures of their dreams and creatures of their endless imaginations.

 

 
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