The High Museum of Art Offers HIGHly Engaging Teaching and Learning

09/01/2014
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

What do a sushi couch, an African mask, a Byzantine painting, a marble sculpture and a painted bicycle have in common? They are all part of the High Museum of Art’s diverse permanent collection, which is on view every time you visit. Comprising 13,000 works of art, collections engage students and teachers while helping them open their eyes to the world.

Temporary special exhibitions bring great art to Atlanta and often the High is the only venue in which these works can be seen in the Southeast. Here are just a few of the exhibitions coming to the High in this fall. Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection presents masterworks by Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Modigliani. 

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“Make a Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral brings the Renaissance to life with marble panels, hand-decorated choirbooks, and a lectern designed for their display. Gordon Parks: The Segregation Story unveils a broad photo essay, which portrays the common humanity of his fellow Americans during the era of segregation in the South.

We Love Students

Our volunteer docents are available to lead students through nine permanent collection tours in which they use hands-on items to make the art come alive. Some of these tour activities include using cut glass to understand the texture and weight of a 19th century oil lantern, pipe cleaners to explore lines found in abstract paintings, or a drum to mimic the sound of a traditional West African ceremony. With our permanent collection tours, students learn to read paintings like they read a book, enjoy the opportunity to design a page from a graphic novel, celebrate black history year-round, create their own artwork inspired by what they see in the galleries, and think like a scientist while designing a chair in a workshop.

For our youngest artists in preschool, professional teaching artists are available to guide the children in an exploration of color, shape and line through games, story time, art discussions and art making. Experiences can also be tailored to suit the needs of a specific grade or topic, including architecture, women artists, American history or narrative art. All experiences are aligned to CCGPS, and teachers can use our online resources to prepare their students for an even richer and more relevant museum experience. Title 1 schools in the state of Georgia are eligible to receive free admission and/or transportation reimbursement as well.

We Love Teachers

In our professional learning programs, teachers have the opportunity to explore arts learning strategies while viewing and creating meaning within a work of art. Teachers learn how to view works of art as artifacts and primary sources, to use gallery didactics as secondary sources, and to discover “what we can learn about people from the things they made, owned and used.” These seminars are tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of the school populations, and all courses can be taken for PLU credit. Teachers also receive free admission to select exhibition previews during Teacher Appreciation Days and Evenings for Educators. We offer free use of our education center for meetings and professional development, and our website has everything an educator needs to book a field trip, prepare students and parents for their experience at the High, receive information on field trip grant proposals, and much more.

For a more complete picture of what we do, visit high.org/educators.
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