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Community Programs

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The High Museum of Art has a long history of connecting people with art, both at the Museum and in the community. Our community efforts connect us to after-school programs, community centers, libraries, and festivals as we work to bring art to you! The High offers tour and workshop opportunities related to specific special exhibitions in addition to scouting badges and buddy/mentorship programs.

Please call 404-733-4465 or email melissa.katzin@high.org to discuss options for your group.

  • Community Workshops at the High provide hands-on learning experiences for community groups serving youth ages 6 through 18. Community Workshops include an interactive in-gallery tour and art-making activity and focus on a current special exhibition. Workshops are available on select weekends and weekdays; they typically last two hours. Please call 404-733-4465 or email melissa.katzin@high.org to discuss options for your group.

    Across the Pond: European Landscapes (available April 13–June 1)
    Get out your passport for this European adventure! Travel across Europe through landscapes in the Museum’s special exhibition European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection. In the workshop, create an Impressionist landscape like Claude Monet or Vincent van Gogh.

    Maira Kalman: Selfie Portraits (available August 10–September 7)
    Come face-to-face with different characters in our special exhibition The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children. Discover and illustrate your own stories for the figures Maira Kalman has created, explore the characteristics that make each person unique, and investigate symbols used to represent personality traits. In the workshop, use watercolors to create a self-portrait that shows off your personal individuality.

  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have the opportunity to learn about art, history, and different cultures while also working on completing art-related badges! Our Scouting Badge Workshops typically last two hours and combine gallery exploration with art-making activities to fulfill specific components of badge requirements.

    Workshops are available on select weekends and weekdays. Scouting Badge Workshops are $15 per child (includes Museum admission); minimum group of 10 children required. One chaperone is free for every 7 children. Badges not included. Please call 404-733-4465 or email melissa.katzin@high.org to discuss options for your troop.

    Brownie Painting Badge
    This workshop fulfills the “Get Inspired” and “Paint the Real World” requirements.
    Explore the Museum, learn to paint, and color your world as you earn two of the five Painting Badge requirements. First, get inspired in the galleries as your troop learns about the different styles of painting and takes a close look at paintings in the Museum’s collection. Then, search for portraits in the galleries before heading to the workshop to learn about face proportions and expressions when you paint your own self-portrait.

    Junior Drawing Badge
    This workshop fulfills the “Experiment with Different Materials” and “Learn How to Add Shading” requirements.
    Explore the Museum and discover your inner artist as you earn two of the five Drawing Badge requirements. First, explore the Museum’s galleries and sketch among our paintings and sculptures using pencil, charcoal, crayons, and other materials. Then head to the workshops and build your own still-life display before learning some shading techniques as you sketch your assemblage.

    Boy Scout Art Merit Badge
    This workshop fulfills requirements 2, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4f, and 6.
    Discover what the High has to offer as you earn three of the seven Art Merit Badge requirements. First, get inspired in the galleries as your troop learns about the elements of art and takes a close look at artworks in the Museum’s collection. In the workshops, experiment with pencil, watercolors, oil pastels, and tempera paint to create a landscape inspired by your gallery adventures.

  • Bring your buddy to the High for a day of gallery exploration and art making! Designed for mentorship programs, this workshop is perfect for Bigs and Littles, mentors and mentees, and any adult-child buddy duo looking for an enriching art experience. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on art-making session in the workshops.

    Workshops are designed for children ages 6–18 with their adult mentors to participate together. Registration is required. Registration is $30 for each pair; up to one additional child is an extra $15. One adult is required for every two children. Buddy Workshops will be offered on select weekend days—see dates and descriptions below. If you are interested in bringing a group from your organization, please call 404-733-4465 or email melissa.katzin@high.org to discuss options.

    Saturday, May 18, 1–3 p.m.: Make Your Mark
    Join us as we take a close look at Julie Mehretu’s Mogamma (A Painting in Four Parts): Part 2. Investigate how the artist creates her large-scale paintings using different mark-making methods, then experiment with different techniques in the workshops when you create your own artwork inspired by Mogamma.