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Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Memories September 29, 2010

Filed under: General,Photo slideshows — erinkdougherty @ 5:45 pm

I couldn’t help but post some photos from our fantastic summer and fall drop-in activities. Thanks for stopping in, being creative, and making the High the place to be. Enjoy the photos!

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It doesn’t feel like fall… September 23, 2010

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 3:00 pm

If you’re anything like me, you are over-the-top excited about fall being right around the corner!  I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for sweater weather to arrive. I’ve had enough of the summer heat—90-degrees every day is getting old. But even though the weather is still warm, it’s time for us to start keeping our eyes peeled for signs of the changing season.

Below is a list of clues that fall is almost here. See if you notice any of these things in the upcoming weeks: 

Leaves changing colors 

Football games 

Days getting shorter 

Apple picking 

Leaves in your yard 

Cooler temperatures 


These are only a few signs that fall is upon us. What else makes you think of fall? 

It’s almost autumn,


Final countdown September 17, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 10:31 am

We have had a summer/fall packed with art workshop fun in our classrooms. If you haven’t stopped by to enjoy our art-making extravaganza, you still have two more Saturdays to visit us. The details are below, so mark your calendar and we’ll see you soon!

September 18: Button Bugs       

Big or little, creepy or crawly, we are crafting bugs of all sorts in this workshop. Dalí was fascinated with them, and before you leave the Museum, you will be, too.

September 25: Ingenious Dalí Inventions

Can you imagine what a fuzzy clock or a melty bug would look like? Today you’ll use Dalí’s words to inspire your drawings. Make sure to bring your imagination with you to the workshop.

Hurry in for our final Surreal Saturdays!



What’s your job at the High? September 9, 2010

Filed under: What's your job at the High? — erinkdougherty @ 4:34 pm

It takes a lot of people to keep the High Museum of Art running on a daily basis. I’m going to try and introduce you to some of the wonderful people you may see when you visit the Museum. Then, once you get to know them, you can wave and say hello the next time you see them.

Today we’re talking with Officer Bugg. He works in security at the Museum.

Q: How long have you worked at the High?

A: I have worked at the High Museum of Art for three wonderful years now.

Q: What is it that you do at the Museum?

A: I work in the fine department of security as a supervisor and lead officer. Our daily mission is to help create a safe and secure environment for all our staff, guests, facilities, and collections. And, our greatest means of accomplishing this mission is by extending to all great guest services.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: What I like most about my job is the fact that I get to meet and greet people from all walks of life. It still amazes me how well-known we are throughout the world, and that’s awesome.

Q: What is your favorite work of art in the permanent collection? Why?

A: The painting “Lady in Black Velvet (Portrait of Eulabee Dix Becker)” because of its carefree technique and dark hidden mystery. It reminds me of watching an exciting BBC drama/mystery from Masterpiece Theatre.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working at the Museum?

A: I enjoy being with my family, taking long adventures through the woods with my dogs, and composing fine works of art in my studio.

Now that you know a little bit about Officer Bugg, you can wave and maybe even ask him a question of your own the next time you see him.

See ya soon,



Program Spotlight: Toddler Thursday September 1, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects,Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 11:00 am

Hello friendly blog readers! Erin is out today, therefore, I, Ellsworth Kitty, will be taking over the Highly Hands-On Blog for this week. Hooray! In case we’ve never met, I am your feline host for the terrific Toddler Thursday. Have you ever been? If not, I’ll give you five reasons to stop in this month:



September 2: Sunny Shapes

Use the sun to help you create a geometric work of art.


September 9: Stunning Sticks

Change an ordinary stick into something creative. All you need is a little paint and your imagination.


September 16: Combining Color  

What do you get when you combine yellow and red? Find out today when you mix and match colors during a brightly hued experiment.


September 23: Classic Cars

What did photographs look like before they had color? Today you’ll decorate a paper car using only black and white.


September 30: Feather Flight

What do you get when you combine watercolors, feathers, and a paper plate? A crafty mask, of course! The sky’s the limit as you embellish a mask to disguise yourself in the Museum.

A special thank you to Carter’s and OshKosh whose generous support makes Toddler Thursdays possible. I hope to see you tomorrow so that we can enjoy the sunshine and make our sun prints together!

Yours truly,

Ellsworth Kitty