As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third month of restrictions, parents can feel they’ve run out of options for keeping the spirits up of their kids and make every day feel less like Groundhog Day.
Last month, we combed the Internet to find virtual Artful Escapes for your children that still support Atlanta institutions and businesses. This month, we offer parents even more alternatives.
The High Museum of Art
Just click the “Stay Connected” tab on the High Museum of Art’s website to uncover an abundance of educational resources for all school grade levels.
Help yourself to a heap of inspiration via a drawing prompt inspired by Molly Hatch’s stunning “plate paintings.”
Allow Meg Williams, coordinator of school and teacher services, and Melissa Katzin, manager of family programs, to help you up your Insta game. Get the kids to practice how to take a perfect photograph by learning the difference between constructed and candid portraits. Then help them make a homemade viewfinder, toss them your phone and see what magic they capture. You’ll be surprised, I promise.
Don’t forget to download some coloring pages of iconic museum favorites like Jaime Hayon’s ‘Green Chicken,” or Roy Lichtenstein’s “House III” while you’re on the website and save them for a rainy day.
Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden
While we can’t go frolic in Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden just yet, we can bring some of the wonder and whimsy to our homes, courtesy of the Paradise Garden Foundation.
Lesson plans for third- to 12th-grade students are available online for fans of Finster’s folk art. Create pop culture portraits inspired by the artists’ renderings of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams. Teach your children a lesson in artistic environmentalism as they explore “upcycling” and create work with discarded items at home. You’ll also score yourself some dinner time conversation starters with a few prompts about Finster’s work that could stir anyone’s curiosity.
Indie Craft Experience summer camp
The Indie Craft Experience summer camps are typically hosted in the quaint ICE headquarters behind the big blue door in Candler Park. This year is different. Art enthusiasts, educators and business partners Christy Bardis Peterson and Shannon Mulkey Green have pivoted their crafty platform to provide your child with a whole summer of fun. If you can’t wait until the official start dates to get your drawing on, download some crafty coloring pages of past Indie Craft Experience designs by local artists for a welcome warmup to the main attraction.
Atlanta Fulton Public Library
Don’t forget that your library card can be the equivalent of the wardrobe to Narnia, unlocking a world of e-books for voracious young readers even though the doors to your local library branch are still closed.
At 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, enthusiastic members of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library staff are cheerfully reading such classic stories as Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” via Facebook Live for the littles.
Tell your teens to tune into the Fulton County Library System’s Instagram TV for “All Booked Up,” which celebrates the best teen reads of today.
If you don’t live in Fulton County, make sure that you check out your local library’s website and Facebook pages to see what curated content your kids could be enjoying.
“Serving looks and reading books,” Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker is the superstar of Drag Queen Story Hour. The Atlanta Contemporary partnered with the Atlanta Pride Committee to share a weekly bedtime story with your babies. Every Thursday at 8 p.m. you can watch the latest story LIVE on Facebook, or head to the Atlanta Contemporary YouTube Channel to see current and past stories whenever the mood strikes you. Fabulous!
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