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Art to Go Programs: Elementary School

Africa: Art from West and Central Africa

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-12 recommended

Sculpture, textiles and metalwork make up this lesson which focuses in-depth on major art-producing regions featured in the permanent collection: Asante, Kuba, Senufo and Yoruba.

Ancient Egypt

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-6 recommended

This newly revised lesson includes new objects, with objects relating to the Nile, mummification and burial practices, the role of the pharaoh, with some discussion of the gods as represented in art.

Artists of Our Region

Grade Level: 
Grades 4-12 recommended

Students will be introduced to 20th-century artists who studied and worked at local cultural institutions, schools, and production workshops. The Cleveland Institute of Art, Karamu House, Huntington Polytechnic, and Cowan Pottery Studio among others will be the basis of the student's understanding of local arts movements and their importance to the community then and now.

Asia

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-12 recommended

A great lesson to give an overview of major art-producing cultures represented in the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Objects become talking points for introduction to world religions, such as Hinduism, Buddism, Shinto and Folk religion. The variety of artistic styles in Asian art is also emphasized.

Classical Art: Ancient Greece and Rome

Grade Level: 
Grades 4-12 recommended

A discussion of Greek and Roman art with an emphasis on its cultural connections to modern Western culture. Genuine artifacts included ancient Greek pottery and sculpture and Roman implements used in daily life activities.

Consumption and Exploration: Trade Connections between Europe and Asia

Grade Level: 
Grades 5-12 recommended

The global market is not new. Between the 2nd century BC and the 14th century AD, goods moved on land west, across Europe to the Middle East, and then through Asia on the Silk Road. Goods from Asia traveled east, on the same path, to Europe. By the 15th century, sea routes had become important. This suitcase traces the history of connections between Asia and Europe, focusing on issues of trade, cultural diffusion, colonialism, and globalization.

Cool Knights: Armor from the European Middle Ages and Renaissance

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-12 recommended

Real pieces of armor used by Medieval knights and Renaissance noblemen can be touched and sometimes tried on in this lesson. Objects include a breastplate, a gauntlet, a piece of chain mail, a vambrace and a close helmet.

Early America: Artistry of a Young Nation

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-8 recommended

Most Americans in the 18th and early 19th centuries had severely limited resources, but found ways to make useful and attractive objects. A fancy pie plate and brass shoe buckles show how they beautified the items they needed to dress, eat, work, and learn.

Japan

Grade Level: 
Grades 1-12 recommended

The Japanese taste from simple, Zen-like tea bowls to more ornate lacquer boxes is illustrated through several media; and connections can be made between Japanese and Chinese culture and art.

Masks: Around the World

Grade Level: 
Grades 2-6 recommended

This multicultural lesson has examples of masks used for religion, for entertainment and for cultural instruction. Cultures discussed include Native America, Japan, Indonesia, Africa and Europe.

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