Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Art-Making Workshop August 9-10 August 8, 2014

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Please tell me you have seen the awesome, interactive red houses of Mi Casa, Your Casa on our piazza. Need to put your feet up after walking the galleries?  Head outside to take it easy in one of our hammocks!  Hungry? We’ve got a Nathan’s Hotdog cart and ice cream in a nice shady corner. Need a creative idea to get your kiddos hands moving and minds working? Bring them every weekend for some fresh-air fun at our Family Art-making Workshops!

This weekend’s project:

The whole Woodruff Arts Center worked together for months to knit and crochet pieces for a “yarn bomb” of one of the red houses. It was installed this week!  Swing by with the whole family to make your own yarn-bombed bookmark to take home.

In case of rain, we will move inside to the Robinson Atrium and have just as much fun!

 

Family Art-making Workshops

Saturdays and Sundays

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

(Through the beginning of November)

 

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.

 

 

Junk Sculptures June 4, 2014

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You know that drawer that you have in your house that has somehow accumulated years of paperclips, pen caps, broken rubber bands, and discarded bottle caps? You know the one.  Instead of being ashamed, put it to good use!  These seemingly worthless objects are the perfect materials for craft time with your munchkins. Spend an afternoon making “junk sculptures!” Use a piece of cardboard for the base, bust out the tacky glue, and watch your little ones build imaginative pieces of 3-D art!

Some of our favorite pieces of art here at the High are made from found objects (things that others may have thrown away).  We have artworks made from chewing gum, bottle caps, broken mirrors, and cardboard.  Bring your family to get inspired in our Folk Art collection where you will meet artists that were just average people using everyday objects to make extraordinary things.