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Who is YOUR favorite artist? June 26, 2010

Filed under: Favorite artist — erinkdougherty @ 3:21 pm

For today’s installment of “Who is YOUR favorite artist?” I spoke with Jenna Madison, a museum education superstar. Below you will find out more about her favorite artist in the High’s collection:

Ok… my favorite artist in the High’s collection is Gerhard Richter. I love Richter because he is so incredibly versatile. He’s an amazing draftsman—he can reproduce an image from a photograph in oil paint with all the detail and clarity of the original. But it’s his abstract work that moves me the most. He never ceases to experiment with the possibilities of his medium and frequently invites the element of chance into his painting process.

Among my favorite works are those from Richter’s Abstract Painting series begun in the mid-1980s, including the beautiful reddish/purple/blue canvas called Abstract Painting (849-2) in the High’s collection. To make this painting, Richter spread the paint randomly across the surface, using a squeegee-like tool to smear and blend the colors until they produced a brilliant, multi-tonal effect. This particular process, and the resulting layers of color, has always reminded me of finger painting. It’s very spontaneous and you get the sense that Richter uses his brushes and tools much in the same way that children use their fingers and hands to draw channels in the paint by applying pressure to the wet surface.  It’s simply wonderful…


Design-it-Yourself Summer Studio Projects June 10, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects — erinkdougherty @ 6:14 pm

I hope that you were able to check out our summer kick-off on June 5. If you missed it, don’t worry—we have plenty of art coming up during our Design-it-Yourself Summer! Every Friday and Saturday in June and July we will have drop-in studios from 1 to 4 p.m., with a different project every week. Here is what we have in store for June:

June 11 and 12: 3-D Paper Cars

Stop in for some creative car designing. Turn an ordinary piece of paper into a custom-made 3D car.

June 18 and 19: Wheel-y Painting

Join us for an experimental painting workshop where your canvas will be a map and your brush will be the wheels of a toy car.

June 25 and 26: Sticker Stationary

Make your own stationary by using dot stickers. It’s perfect for writing letters to your summer pen pal. 

Working hard to design summer fun,


P.S.  We also have our monthly Second Sunday Funday planned for Sunday, June 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Join us on the Sifly Piazza for live music, and to help embellish an art car with Atlanta artist Sister Louisa. Check out the details here:



The High’s Official Start of Summer June 4, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects — erinkdougherty @ 10:32 am

I know that summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but we here in the public programs department couldn’t wait that long to launch our summer programming extravaganza, which is packed full of art, adventure, and learning fun. Things kick off on June 5 with a drop-in Saturday Studio. Come to the Greene Family Education Center anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to design a mini chair to take home with you.

June 5 is also the opening of European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century. You can get some fabulous design inspiration from the galleries and apply it to your mini chair.

See you on the High’s first day of summer,


 P.S.  If you are interested in volunteering at any of our education programs, please contact Lisa Davis at lisa.davis@woodruffcenter.org.