Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

I’m Bored April 27, 2011

Filed under: I'm bored — erinkdougherty @ 6:15 pm

Today’s installment of “I’m Bored” is inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends: The Stein Collection. We are getting ready to say au revoir to the exhibition. If you have not seen it yet, swing by the Museum before it’s gone for good (Sunday, May 1 is your last chance). You’ll find colorful prints, and great sculptures that your entire family will enjoy.

After your trip you can try making your own print project at home:


Fun Foam

Paint brushes

Tempera paint


8 1/2 x 11 sheets of construcion paper or white paper



  • Have your child think about the prints, colors, shapes, and designs that he/she saw at the Museum.  
  • Once the design is decided, have your child use the pencil to draw the image in the fun foam. Make sure that he/she pushes hard enough that the image lines are sunken into the foam.
  • Next paint different colors onto the fun foam.
  • Finally print the image onto the paper and see what the new masterpiece looks like. Is it anything like Toulouse-Lautrec’s work?
  • If you wipe the fun foam off, you can make another print from the same sheet

Now you have a beautiful Toulouse-Lautrec inspired print that you can hang in your house. See what kind of fantastic designs your kids can come up with. Maybe they can use two different fun foam designs on one print? The sky’s the limit!

Happy Printing,



Peeps! April 22, 2011

Filed under: Photo slideshows — erinkdougherty @ 9:10 pm






Studio Spring Break April 19, 2011

Filed under: In Studio Projects — erinkdougherty @ 1:52 pm

I hope that everyone loved their spring break week of fun in the sun. Here at the High we had a blast making I Spy books. The families that came to the workshop made fantastic projects. Some of the staff were even stumped when we were trying to find objects in their books. All in all, the week was fun and a success. Thank you to everyone who spent part of their spring break with us!

I spy more fun in the near future,



Who is YOUR favorite artist? April 8, 2011

Filed under: Favorite artist,General — erinkdougherty @ 2:04 pm

Today we’re talking with the smart and creative person behind the public programs department at the High. Virginia Shearer is my blogging partner as well as the Associate Director of Public Programs. She’s picked a great artist to feature as her fav from the High’s permanent collection. Read on for the details:  

Erin asked me to choose my favorite work of art in the High’s collection and to write about it for the blog. She asked a loooong time ago but I just kept putting it off. I love so many pieces in our collection I had a hard time choosing just one to write about. But the other day I was preparing to give a tour of the Museum to some 4 year olds and as I thought about what would be most appealing to children this age, I immediately thought about the Reverend Howard Finster and his Paradise Garden.

I have loved Howard Finster’s work since I was a teenager and I just knew that this group of pre-school children would appreciate his use of recognizable found objects like lanterns, marbles, broken tiles, and of course the bicycle. I also thought they would love his use of color and the many funny, smiling faces and winged people you encounter when you begin to really look at a Finster.  And you know what ….I was right! We had such a great time looking at the pieces of Paradise Garden that are on display in the Folk Art collection and it reminded me of how proud I am to work at a museum that had the foresight to preserve this wonderful treasure created by a truly visionary Georgia artist.

If you don’t know who Howard Finster is, dust off your old copy of R.E.M.’s album Reckoning. He did the cover art when he was not working tirelessly on his monumental environmental artwork that came to be known as Paradise Gardens. It was located in Pennville, GA and it was an amazing sight to see in its day. I can still remember how magical it felt to finally see his wonderful installation in real life after reading about it in books and talking about it incessantly with friends. And if I start to forget that magical feeling, I can wander up to the skyway level of the Stent Family Wing and find it again.

Thank you to Virginia for sharing your favorite work, and next time you’re at the High make sure to visit Howard Finster’s work!

Until next time,



Studio Spring Break April 1, 2011

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 9:09 pm

Wondering what to do with the kids while they’re home for spring break next week? Exercise your creative muscles at the High Museum. We’ll have a drop-in program from 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 9. Plus as an added bonus, you’ll get $5 off all walk-up tickets.

Hooray for spring!