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African Art: Secular and Supernatural

Compare ritual and royal objects from the Yoruba and Edo peoples of Nigeria to learn how their rulers maintain worldly authority with the assistance of supernatural forces. Participants will delight in examining a colorful beaded crown which empowers a Yoruba ruler and a three hundred year old bronze sculpture which establishes legitimacy for an Edo king. These and other stunning objects introduce divination, mythology and communication with ancestors.

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Ancient American Art: The Aztecs and Their Ancestors

This lesson introduces the art of selected cultures in ancient Mesoamerica (today, Mexico, Guatemala and adjacent countries). Objects of ceramic, gold and stone (including jade) shed light on religion and rulership among the Aztec, Maya, and others in the centuries before European contact. An effort is made to provoke students to think critically as they help the instructor analyze art works and their meanings.

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Contemporary Art

Discover the stimulating and diverse art of the later 20th and early 21st century. Beginning with the mid century action painter Jackson Pollock, students will be introduced to 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 will be presented along with information about selected techniques used to create these works.

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Geology Rocks

For thousands of years, artists have used beautifully colored stones for jewelry, sculptures, and paint pigments. All of these rocks and minerals were formed during the group of transitions know as the Rock Cycle. In this program, students will learn about the characteristics of rocks prized by artiststheir hardness or softness, the way they reflect light, their ability to draw or make a streakand how geologists use those properties to identify and understand how they developed in the earth. By looking at works from the Cleveland Museum of Arts collection, students will become familiar with the stages of the Rock Cycle, and discover categories of rocks and minerals in our environment. --40 to 60 minutes

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Gods and Heroes of Ancient Rome

Using bronze sculptures, coins, ceramic vessels, and a carved marble sarcophagus from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, participants investigate the exploits of Herakles, Athena, Perseus, Orestes, and others who vividly populated the imagination of the classical Western world. This is one of a planned series of distance learning lessons that compare the myths of several cultures and character traits of their heroes, as well as their quests, and connections to the natural world.

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Gods and Heroes of India

The adventures of Rama and Hanuman in the Indian epic, the Ramayana, are just a few of the fascinating stories of Hindu and Buddhist gods and heroes covered in this introduction to the the history and culture of India. Students are also introduced to the incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu as the man-lion Narasimha and the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, through works of art in the Museum's collection.

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Gods and Heros of the Maya

The Maya Popol Vuh (Council Book) relates tales of the Hero Twins who make the world safe for the arrival of human beings. During this lesson participants explore this creation myth and other aspects of the Maya culture by examining artifacts from The Cleveland Museum of Art. Related discussion involves Maya hieroglyphs, notions of royalty, the sacred ball game and the natural resources of Mesoamerica.

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Harlem Renaissance

Travel back in time to bustling New York City in the 1920s and discover the art, literature and music produced by African Americans living in Harlem during this period. Students will be introduced to artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and photographer James Van Der Zee, as well as to the poetry of Langston Hughes.

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Learn about the works of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters such as Monet, Degas, van Gogh and Czanne whose experiments with the effects of different conditions of light and paint application created a new way of seeing the world. The world these artists shared had much in common with our own era of rapid technological change and rise in standard of living. Students will consider how such factors influenced Impressionism.

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Informational Session with the Cleveland Museum

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers free informational sessions on their award winning Distance Learning program. Introduce your community to rich, highly interactive conversations in which participants talk with museum staff on subjects such as America's Story through Art, Gods and Heroes of Greece and Rome, Medieval Masterpieces, Impressionism, Japanese Art and more.

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Japanese Art: Humble and Bold

Japanese art encompasses aesthetics ranging from earthy and subtle to colorful and luxurious. In this lesson participants will be introduced to works in a variety of media including ceramics used in the tea ceremony, enamelware and folding screens made from paper and wood. Discussion focuses not only on the formal qualities of these works, but also on their practical uses. Critical thinking is encouraged through analysis of the works of art as an indicator of Japanese social values and tastes

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Medieval Masterpieces

Rich intellectual and technical achievements distinguish the art of the Middle Ages. Throughout Europe manuscript illumination, architecture, sculpture and metal work flourished under the patronage of church and court. In this lesson participants will encounter splendid liturgical objects such as a gold and porphyry altarpiece made for an 11th c. German countess, and a silver vessel for a holy relic obtained from a Byzantine emperor. Courtly items also featured in the lesson include a whimsical table fountain and Gothic style tapestries made for a chateau. Biblical subjects such as Daniel in the lions denseen on a medieval column capital.

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Modernism: Early 20th Century Art

Fauvism, Cubism, de Stijl, Surrealism and other selected movements in early 20th century art are introduced through the Museums collection. Explore the visual innovations of artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian and Miro in a period marked by the primacy of personal expression over a realistic rendering of the world

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Monuments Men:

This program examines Clevelands connection to the monuments men by highlighting objects in the museums collection and museum staff members in the decades following the war who participated in the discovery and rescue of art stockpiled by the Nazis.

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The Harlem Renaissance

Travel back in time to bustling New York City in the 1920s and discover the art, literature and music produced by African Americans living in Harlem during this period. Participants will be introduced to artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and photographer James Van Der Zee, as well as to the poetry of Langston Hughes.

More Information   $135.00