Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Teens! Teens! Teens! August 25, 2011

Filed under: Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 11:29 am

The High had some youthful energy this summer with the addition of the Teen Team program. Fifteen teens were here everyday helping with summer camp, making art, learning about museums, giving tours, installing an art project on the belt line, and so much more. Part of their job was to plan a new event called Teen Night. The night is happening this Saturday, August 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a battle of the bands, a poetry cafe, art projects, tours of Radcliffe Bailey’s Memory as Medicine and most importantly, it’s FREE! If you have a teenager at home, be sure to pass on the word about this event!

To find out more information click here.

We hope to see all you terrific teens on Saturday,



This weekend August 19, 2011

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 8:21 pm

This weekend is your final chance to see Abby, the High’s robot friend who is part of Modern by Design. The exhibition is closing Sunday, so swing by the High to say good-bye and get some inspiration for this project to build at home:


Construction paper

Brads or brass fasteners that look like this:



Step 1: Think about what you want your robot to do. Joris Laarman wanted Abby to make furniture. When he built her, he had to make sure all the parts and pieces helped Abby with that task.

Step 2: Draw each body shape on a piece of paper (head, arms, legs, hands, feet, etc.). They could look like this:




Hands and/or feet:

Step 3: Cut out each body part and attach them together with the brass fasteners

Step 4: Now your robot is assembled and can move. You can add details (maybe clothes, jewelry, etc.) with the marker

Step 5: Name your robot and proudly display him/her anywhere you’d like!


Happy Robot Designing!



Introducing… August 12, 2011

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 3:10 pm

We have a new face on the High’s Public Programs team. Her name is Christina Westpheling and she’s the new Public Programs Assistant. Christina may look familiar to some, since she’s been volunteering and interning here for about two years. We are excited to have her here. I asked Christina to talk about her favorite work of art in the High’s permanent collection so you all could get to know her a bit better. Take it away Christina:

One of my favorite works of art at the High is Mattie Lou O’Kelley’s My Parent’s Farm. I love folk art, and I especially love Mattie Lou O’Kelley. She was raised in northern Georgia, and many of her paintings are about her childhood there. I especially like My Parent’s Farm for its bright, cheerful colors and the way it resembles a patchwork quilt with the large areas of colors that make up the fields. While the tiny trees and crops look more like needlepoint or embroidery. I dabble in both quilting and embroidery, so it’s neat to see how these crafts can be reflected in a different medium. This painting, along with two others by O’Kelley are currently on view at the High. Come check them out in person!


Enjoying the End of Summer August 4, 2011

Filed under: Photo slideshows — erinkdougherty @ 10:19 am

It always seems that the summer flies by. Alas, it’s time to start preparing for kids to pack up their backpacks and get onto the school bus. We had a fantastic summer at the High that focused on Radcliffe Bailey’s exhibition Memory as Medicine. Below are a few highlights from our summer. If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, there’s still time. The exhibition closes September 11.

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