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Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Who is YOUR favorite artist? August 26, 2010

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For today’s installment of “Who is YOUR favorite artist?” I spoke with Courtney McClellan, a lover of art supplies and most importantly an artist herself. Below you will find out more about her favorite artist in the High’s collection:

My favorite artist is Joseph Cornell because he reminds us that collecting is an art form. When I make art I gather materials from all sorts of places: nature, my closet, a thrift store, even the recycling bin. Joseph Cornell liked to make art this way too.

When I look at the boxes he made I get to think of faraway places, time long passed, and the people who these things belonged to. In his boxes are found materials like birds, balls, paper dolls, newspapers, and parts of broken clocks. By making these collections he reminds us that beautiful things are around us all of the time, even things we don’t initially see as beautiful.

 I try to imagine why Cornell put these particular items together. Are they revealing a secret? Do they tell a story? Are they a visual poem? Could they be someone’s treasures, or are they a mini-museum of forgotten things?

I like Joseph Cornell because he makes me wonder.

If you would like to see one of Joseph Cornell’s “treasure boxes” visit gallery 404 at the High Museum of Art.


I’m Bored August 20, 2010

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Over the summer, I was worried about kids saying, “I’m bored” to all of you parents out there. However, now that school is back in session I’m thinking that some parents may be looking for something fun to do. I have just the plan for you. Tonight is Friday Jazz at the High. Come to the Museum to see Dalí: The Late Work and listen to some great music. You can also participate in our Drawing in the Galleries program on the Skyway Level of the Wieland Pavilion. It’s a great way to practice your drawing skills.

For more details and information click here.

Stay Cool,



School is Starting already? August 13, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects — erinkdougherty @ 1:40 pm

We know that many kids are already heading back to school this week. If your kids happen to have the back-to-school blues, we have the perfect way to help lift them out of their funk: a trip to the High to see Salvador Dalí: The Late Work. This Saturday you can see the art (I suggest stopping at Ruby Lips when you walk through) and then make Shrinky Dink necklaces in our drop-in studios. Your kids will have a new piece of jewelry to wear to school on Monday!

See you Saturday,



Program Spotlight: Dalí is here! August 5, 2010

Filed under: General,In Studio Projects — erinkdougherty @ 3:55 pm

Just in case you haven’t heard, Salvador Dalí has officially arrived in Atlanta. Well, not the man himself, but his fantastic paintings, films, photos, jewelry, and so much more are on view at the High. Saturday is your first chance to catch a glimpse of the mysterious mustache in our galleries. If you pop into the Museum on August 7, make sure you stop by our first Dalí-inspired drop-in workshop between 1 and 4 p.m. We’ll be building a dreamy Dalí collage out of shaving cream. If that doesn’t peak your curiosity, I don’t know what will!

What’s that? Saturday doesn’t work for you? Not a problem. Sunday, August 8, is Second Sunday Funday. Since Dalí was highly inspired by his dreams, we’re going to tap into yours today by crafting a dream journal and a dream catcher.

Pack up the kids and head to the High this weekend. Believe me—Dalí will make it worth the trip.

Surreally yours,