This lively 30-minute videoconference introduces young viewers to real and imaginary animals found in sculpture and paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Students learn why animals are important to different cultures, and how artists capture the appearance and behavior of these animals. As a culminating activity in the classroom, students brainstorm to create their own griffin-like animals.
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This highly interactive 30-minute lesson introduces kindergartners to three celebrated artists: Renoir, Picasso, and Matisse. Using colorful paintings from the museum's permanent collection, students find apples or other fruit in each painting. They then discover how artists use a variety of colors to convey the apple's appearance. After examining a real apple under different lighting conditions students begin to see how light affects the apple's form, and how artists capture the reflections and shadows that they see.
Learn why African artists use animals as points of reference in mask making and how masks are used in ceremonies. Students compare the differences and similarities between African and American masks in terms of materials, roles in life, and seasonal cycles. On-camera interactivity includes completing "passports" using art work stickers provided in the Teacher Information Packet and notes students take during the videoconference.
Students reinforce their knowledge of geometry and recognize attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes through an examination of selected geometric-themed works from the museum. Concepts are applied as students create original origami figures in the shape of a ladybug and a box during the videoconference.
Learn how simple machines (lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, wheel and axle, and screw) have played a part in the development of arms and armor. Using examples from the Cleveland Museum of Art's famed Armor Court, students compare different types of armor and discover how they have been used in battle, in sport, and for ornamentation. Students will be able to identify simple machines in everyday objects
Discover the plant, animal, and mineral sources for the colors and pigments we use every day. Vivid multimedia and classroom activities help explain the processes of extracting pigments to create dyes. Textile art from around the world and throughout history provide a rich context for learning. Each student creates a wool and paper bookmark to keep from materials included in the Teacher Information Packet.
This lesson introduces the arts, myths, and writing systems of selected Mesoamerican cultures. Ceramic figures and objects made from cast gold, carved limestone, and jade are used to glimpse life among the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec peoples in centuries before European contact.
Buildings are everywhere, from strong towering skyscrapers to precarious footbridges. But how do they work, and what keeps them standing? Students in this program will explore the structural properties and geometry of buildings through artwork from the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. They will be asked to get involved in discussion of the structures examined and will even have the exciting chance to engineer their own mini-structure with paper.
Coins, Coins, Coins is a dynamic, project-based, videoconference which allows students to explore the history of coins and then create one representing their own communities.
Discover the stimulating and diverse art of the later 20th century. Beginning with the mid-century action painter Jackson Pollock, students encounter styles ranging from Abstraction to Pop Art to variations of Realism. Painting and sculpture by artists represented in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art are presented along with information about selected techniques used to create these works.