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Art to Go Programs: High School

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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.

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.

Islamic Art: By Medium and Motif

Grade Level: 
Grades 6–12 recommended

Besides providing visual pleasure, art can inspire greater cultural understanding—crucial in today’s multicultural and multifaceted society.  While not a comprehensive survey of Islamic art, this presentation highlights some key themes in Islamic art offering a window in time, geography, and culture. 

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.

Materials and Techniques of the Artist

Grade Level: 
Grades 6-12 recommended

This lesson describes the process for making color woodblock prints, for casting bronze, for blowing glass, cloisonne, and working with faience. As the processes are very complex, this is not recommended for very young audiences.

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