Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Art-Making Workshop August 16-17 August 13, 2014

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Join us this weekend for more fun-filled afternoons of art-making. Our focus piece can be found in Gallery 102. It looks like a big wrinkled cloth from far away, but as you get closer you might be surprised by the material! Take a good look, and then make your way outside to Mi Casa, Your Casa to make necklaces inspired by this piece. 

Art Work

Looking for something fun to do on the weekend? We’ll be here– Same place, same time.

Family Art-making Workshops

Saturdays and Sundays

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Sifly Piazza

(Through the beginning of November)


Get Outside! July 25, 2014

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Atlanta boasts quite a bit of green space for a big city.  Many houses have wooded yards, the Beltline cuts through some gorgeous areas, and Piedmont Park is 185 acres right in the middle of the city. How about taking an adventure to the great outdoors around us and taking the family on a nature treasure hunt? Send out your little adventurers in search of pinecones, funny-shaped rocks, ferns, and bugs.  Encourage them build fairy houses out of twigs and leaves. Let them stay up a little past their bedtime to have a night picnic and keep watch for fireflies. Give them little notebooks to catalog their outdoor findings. Have a fun en plein air watercolor session outside!

Our city has so much to offer and sometimes nature can be the best teacher.  Let’s get outside!


Erupting Ice Chalk! July 16, 2014

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Summer sure doesn’t let up in Georgia, does it? This is definitely the hottest place I have ever lived.  The heat has me scouring the web for new ideas to keep cool and have fun.  Lately I’ve been stumbling upon creative ideas for chalk and outdoor play. I have three words for you… Erupting Ice Chalk! I bet I have your attention now!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Equal parts water, cornstarch, and baking soda. (You can start out with a 1/3 c. of each)
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar
  • Ice cube trays
  • Squeeze bottle

Mix together the water, cornstarch, and baking soda. You’ll end up with a nice white base that will make vibrant colors.  Split up the mixture into different bowls (based on the number of different colors you want to make.) Add food coloring to each of the bowls and mix.  Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.

Here’s where the fun part begins! Take your kids outside and let them go to town stacking, sliding, and painting with the melting ice cubes. You can hose off the driveway or sidewalk beforehand to make the paint spread more quickly and easily if you want. Once the cubes are sufficiently melty, squeeze some vinegar onto the colorful mess and watch it erupt!  The best part is you can hose down the cement, and voila! No mess!

Erupting Ice Chalk is a science experiment, an art project, and a way to beat the heat all rolled up into one super cool activity.



Watercolor Wonderful! May 16, 2014

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We absolutely LOVE watercolors here at the museum.  Because they are such a light medium, they sometimes have a mind of their own!  They flow, and bleed, and blend into each other—some of the reasons why working with them is so awesome! With a simple set of watercolor paints and a few household materials, creating unique pieces of art has never been so much fun!

Here are a few techniques that you can employ for different effects:


When you sprinkle salt on wet watercolor the crystals suck up the paint, gathering the pigments around them.  Brush off the salt when the painting is dry and behold an interesting texture that can vary with the size of the crystals and amount of salt applied.


Use different materials to “mask” sections of the painting that you would like to remain white.  Splatter or drip white glue and allow it to dry before painting to create a wacky abstract piece.  String rubber cement along the paper in crazy patterns and allow it to dry before painting.  You can later peel it off to reveal the pristine white paper beneath! If applied carefully, this technique can also be used to protect white space in small areas of a detailed painting.


Drip some watercolors onto a piece of paper.  Blow at the paint from different angles through a straw and watch the colors scatter and run!

A ton more objects can be used to experiment with watercolors.  Mess around with a spray bottle, sponge, crumpled paper, or anything else that strikes your fancy!


I’m bored January 20, 2012

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Hello art adventurers,

So, the weather forecast for the weekend looks rainy, but have no fear! We are here with a crafty indoor art project for you to try. Since we are in the Modern Art spirit at the High, our project has to do with one of our 14 Modern Masters featured in Picasso to Warhol. Marcel Duchamp, one of my personal favorites, came up with the concept of the readymade. What is a readymade you may ask? Well that’s what we’re here to help you with.

Duchamp began by choosing an everyday manufactured object. He would then choose how to display it, sign it, and title it something clever. For example, one of the pieces in Picasso to Warhol, is a snow shovel. Duchamp signed his name to it, chose to hang it from the ceiling, and then titled it, In Advance of the Broken Arm. Clever right?

Now it’s your turn. Find a spot at home and turn it into a mini readymade gallery. Ask each person in your family to participate or one person could organize the entire exhibition and then give tours to friends and family. Here is how to start:


1- Choose any object that you think is interesting (it could be a shoe, a tennis racket, a fork, etc.)

2 – Decide how you’re going to display it (maybe you want to tie a big knot in a shoe and put on top of the table)

3 – Put a piece of masking tape on the object and sign your name (make sure it’s okay with the owner before you put the tape on)

4 – Write the title on a note card or small piece of paper and display next to the artwork


Once you have a couple of objects set-up, you’re ready to give tours of your readymade gallery. You may need to schedule tours and charge admission if the lines get too long. See? Even rainy days can be fun.


Enjoy the readymade world!






I’m Bored April 27, 2011

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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,



I’m Bored… March 2, 2011

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We’re here to rescue you from hearing the phrase, “I’m bored” uttered from your kids this weekend. Below you’ll find a simple and fun project that you can work on as a family:

Photography Free for All


Disposable Camera


11×18 paper



If you’re anything like me, you probably have a disposable camera lying around your house (or one that has half of its pictures taken, but is waiting to be used up). Try giving it to your kids to see what kind of photography skills they possess. Who knows what they’ll decide to capture on film.

Once they’re finished, develop the photos and work together to create a collage that tells a story. Almost like an advertising story board. I bet you’ll be surprised by what your children come up with.

Happy Photographing,