Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Boo! October 28, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects,Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 10:09 am

Happy (almost) Dalí-Ween! What is Dalí-Ween, you may ask? The answer is simple: it’s the High’s way of celebrating the spooky Halloween holiday with a surreal Salvador Dalí twist. This Sunday, drop-in to make a mask with the Mustache Sisters, craft a candy carrier for your trick-or-treating escapades, and enjoy spooky stories. And if all that isn’t enough, you can enjoy a special Dalí-inspired performance from the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir.

Kids in costume get in free!

Sounds like a perfect way to spend a holiday at the High.

See you Sunday,



I’m Bored . . . October 21, 2010

Filed under: I'm bored,Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 10:59 am

In each installment of “I’m Bored” I try to give you a creative project to spice up your weekend. Now that school has begun, you’re probably dealing with homework, sports, and more fun fall happenings. This project is something that I found on the blog, Crafts by Amanda. The supplies are simple and the outcome is a fun owl that can hang around your house for fall. Make your own Paper Plate Owl by following the link.

Thanks, Amanda!

Happy Crafting,



Who is YOUR favorite artist? October 15, 2010

Filed under: Favorite artist — erinkdougherty @ 10:59 am

Today I asked our school programs expert, Emily Hermans, to weigh in on who her favorite artist in the High’s collection is. Read on to find out how Emily responded:

It is really difficult for me to choose my favorite artist; there are just so many! One of my favorite artists on display at the High is Alfred Jensen.  If you’ve visited the Museum, you’ve surely seen The Great Pyramid, his enormous painting that is on view on the Skyway Level. 

This painting combines two things I love: bold colors and ancient Egypt. What does it have to do with ancient Egypt?  Look at all of the little dashes and curvy marks—those are the same symbols that the ancient Egyptians used for numbers.  And the concentric rectangles?  They look like an aerial view of a pyramid.

As a museum educator, I am always thinking about the elements of art: line, shape, color, and texture.  This painting utilizes all four of these to great success.  How many different types of lines can you see?  How many colors are there?  Is the texture rough or smooth? 

Alfred Jensen worked in a very methodical, mathematical way. The colors, shapes, and patterns are mesmerizing. Take a long look at this painting the next time you are at the High, and your eyes may start to play tricks on you!


What to do this weekend? October 7, 2010

Filed under: Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 2:20 pm

I have two great ideas for some family fun this weekend. First, on Saturday, October 9, you can join in on some drawing in the galleries excitement as we celebrate The Big Draw at the High. We’ll provide the model and drawing supplies, you just bring your artistic talent. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to draw.

If you can’t draw with us on Saturday, or if you have so much fun that you decide you must return to the High on Sunday, we have more activities lined up for you! Come celebrate Target Free Family Day at the Woodruff Arts Center on October 10 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The High will offer free admission, which means that you get to enjoy Salvador Dalí: The Late Work at no cost!

Art activities and performances will take place all over the WAC campus throughout the day. For more information and to register, please visit our website at http://www.woodruffcenter.org/target.aspx or call 1-866-449-5165.

Hooray for wonderful weekends!