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Art to Go Programs: Middle 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.

Art of the Alphabet

Grade Level: 
6–12 recommended

One of humankind’s most spectacular inventions, writing makes it possible to transmit knowledge over distance and time, preserve stories and traditions, and share information with people all over the globe. And it all began with a drawing! While many changes have affected writing in the 21st century, close ties have always existed—and continue to exist—between writing, society, artistic innovation, and technology. This history of the alphabet and its applications and adaptations by artists considers the relationship between image and text that has persisted since civilization embarked on the road to literacy.

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.

China: Art and Technology

Grade Level: 
Grades 6-12 recommended

China was not always a follower in the development of technology. As late as the 17th century, China was a leader, influencing its Asian neighbors and even those on other continents. Europe can thank China for wood-pulp paper and paper money, for fireworks and gunpowder, for the umbrella and for noodles, among other things. This Art to Go lesson showcases traditional Chinese technology with a focus on the manufacture of silk, ceramics, and bronze.

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.

Diego Rivera: A Mexican Hero and His Culture

Grade Level: 
Grades 6-12 recommended

Trends and themes in the artist's work are revealed through an original lithograph signed by the artist, and various Mexican art objects.

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.

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