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Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Go West! with your family at the High November 8, 2013

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Howdy, y’all! It’s about time for the holidays, and you know what that means—plenty of free time for both you and the kids. Why not corral the group and head over to the High Museum of Art to partake in some rootin’ tootin’ family fun in Go West! Art of the American Frontier!

In addition to a century of American art on display in Go West! our kids’ audio guide offers each child the opportunity to discover the Wild West with our narrator Abe the Eagle. The fun doesn’t stop there, though!

While you’re in the exhibition, saddle up to one of our computer stations to create your very own image of the American West using elements from paintings in the exhibition. Email your masterpiece home as a souvenir!

The Greene Family Learning Gallery has the Western spirit with a Frederic Remington themed still-life activity to inspire your child’s creative side, while our Imagination Playground Blocks offer both kids and adults the opportunity to pioneer their architectural skills.

On November 29, you and your family can explore what skills were needed to survive and thrive in the Wild West! The Homestead Atlanta brings artisans, crafters, makers and survivalists to demonstrate everything from canning to metalsmithing, hide tanning, and yarn spinning. Join us for mini workshops, lively music, and of course the exhibition that inspired it all, Go West! This program is free with museum admission.

For those families or visitors who wish to purchase or gift a family membership, there’s no better time than now:  when purchased before April 1st 2014, all Family Memberships include an exclusive tour of Go West! led by education staff at a time before the museum opens to the general public! 

So scoot your boots down now to the High Museum of Art to venture back in time to the frontier of the American West and discover just how fun the Museum can be for you and your family!

 -Nicole Cromartie

Coordinator of Museum Interpretation



Jerry Pinkney Fun! October 25, 2013

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Hello Families,

What are you doing this weekend to celebrate the fabulous fall weather? I’ve got an idea! Come to the High and explore Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney. This exhibition features work from children’s book illustrator and Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney. The images are magical and everyone in your family will love it (adults included!).

On Sunday, you can catch the 2 pm family tour that will focus on Pinkney’s exhibition. After the tour, grab a pillow in our comfy reading area and sit down for a 3 pm reading from Mundo Hispanico Editor, Rodrigo Cervantes. Mr. Cervantes will be reading a Pinkney book of his choice. We have guest readers coming to visit throughout the run of the exhibition. You can find out more here.

Sounds fun right? See you this Sunday!

Be there or be square,







The Family Learning Gallery’s Mauritshuis Makeover July 25, 2013

Calling all art loving families!
Meet our new and improved drawing horses!

Meet our new and improved drawing horses!

Family programs are in full summer swing at the High—from the launch of our most recent exhibition, Girl with the Pearl Earring, to a successful debut of the new, fun-for-the-whole-family program, Arts & Rec. Although the next Arts & Rec isn’t until October 13th, you can still join in on the fun Tuesday through Sunday in the Greene Family Learning Gallery.

Frida and Diego officially left the Family Learning Gallery behind when they heard that their Dutch comrades were hopping a flight to enjoy Atlanta’s hot days and warm summer nights. With masterpieces from The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis mounted on the wall, and a customizable still life at your child’s disposal, there are endless opportunities for the whole family to discover the Old Master within. To commemorate the occasion, we even bought beautiful, brand new drawing horses on which you can draft your own Dutch drawings. Come visit us today; remember we have world-renowned art that inspires the imagination, thought, and creativity.

The Greene Family Learning Gallery:  Where Art and Fun collide!

The Greene Family Learning Gallery: Where Art and Fun collide!


Summertime kick-off May 31, 2013

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June 21st may be the first official day of summer, but we’re already in full summer mode here at the High. Mark your calendar for any or all of the upcoming museum adventures.

- Toddler Thursday: You and your toddler can check out the featured work of art in the galleries, listen to a story and make a piece of art to take home. Drop-in on this fun every Thursday anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

- Arts & Rec: We’re kicking off a new program! You can be a part of the inaugural Arts & Rec taking place Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The day will be filled with activities, performances, art making, and Girl with a Pearl Earring. Enjoy the Dutch masters in the galleries and then check out Double Dutch demonstrations, stretch your own canvas, and sample some Dutch cuisine. That and so much more. Bring your friends, family and neighbors to explore this new program.

Hope you join us for these programs and great art this summer. We’ll be keeping up on the blog with other exciting ideas and projects.

Happy Summer,



March Madness March 4, 2013

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We aren’t exactly talking hoops and full court presses, but we are talking amazing art. Frida and Diego madness is in full swing and we’re enjoying all of the families that have visited thus far. If you haven’t stopped by yet, come on a Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m. You can grab a college family guide for a family friendly tour of the exhibition, then make a mini piñata in our art workshop. Check out a happy customer below:

Check out this piñata!

Check out this piñata!

See ya in the Museum!


Now introducing… February 7, 2013

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our new College Family Guides! These bilingual guides have been studying Frida and Diego in order to be prepared to give family tours every Sunday during the run of the exhibition. They will start on Sunday, February 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Please stop by and meet them!



New Year, New Program January 31, 2013

Filed under: Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 10:15 pm

Hello Families,

Happy 2013! In order to welcome the new year and our fabulous new exhibition Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting (opening February 14th) we’ve also decided to interact with families in an all new way. We are starting a new program called Domingos de Aventuras en Arte (Sunday Art Adventures).  Every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. you and your children can find artistic inspiration as you learn about these iconic artists. Join our bilingual College Family Tour Guides for a fun-filled family adventure in Spanish or English. After you explore the personal and political ideas behind Diego’s murals and paintings and Frida’s dreamscapes and self-portraits, visit the Greene Family Education Center to try your hand at creating your own art.

We kick-off this program on Sunday, February 17th. Stay tuned to meet our College Family Guides (the dynamic bilingual students who will be giving the tours). I’ll be introducing them to you next week.

Adios for now!




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