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Gallery Explorations

Gallery Explorations provide an hour-long gallery experience different from any other offered at CMA. For Pre-K and kindergarten students, we’ll introduce your class to artworks in the CMA collection through gallery games, picture books, and questioning strategies designed to build your students’ verbal and visual literacy while connecting to various areas of your curriculum. For students in grades 1–12, we’ll use the galleries a classroom for experiences designed to connect to a variety of curricular areas through close looking, questioning strategies, and hands-on activities. 

Exploration Topics: 

Lines, Shapes, and Sculptures (Pre-K & K) 

When a line bends, a shape begins! Hunt for different types of lines and shapes in the galleries and talk about what happens when an artist decides to make an artwork that’s not flat. 

Pre-K Standards: 

  •  Language and Literacy: Listening and Speaking 
  •  Approaches Toward Learning: Creativity 
  •  Cognition and General Knowledge—Mathematics: Algebra; Geometry

Kindergarten Standards: 

  •  Visual Arts: Perceiving/Knowing; Responding/Reflecting 
  •  English Language Arts: Speaking and Listening 
  •  Math: Measurement and Data; Geometry

A Rainbow of Feelings (Pre-K & K) 

Are you seeing red? Do you feel blue? Artists convey emotions in many ways—from carefully crafted facial expressions to their use of color. Practice empathy as we identify and explore different feelings. 

Pre-K Standards: 

  •  Language and Literacy: Listening and Speaking 
  •  Social and Emotional Development: Self 
  •  Approaches Toward Learning: Creativity

Kindergarten Standards: 

  •  Visual Arts: Perceiving/Knowing; Responding/Reflecting 
  •  English Language Arts: Speaking and Listening

Telling Stories (Pre-K & K) 

And then what happened? Build literacy skills as we look for characters and settings in the galleries and use them to inspire our own stories that have a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

Pre-K Standards: 

  •  Language and Literacy: Listening and Speaking; Reading 
  •  Approaches Toward Learning: Creativity

Kindergarten Standards:

  •  Visual Arts: Perceiving/Knowing; Responding/Reflecting 
  •  English Language Arts: Speaking and Listening; Reading: Foundational Skills; Language

1,2,3…How Many Do You See? (Pre-K & K) 

From buttons to boats, there are many things to count at the museum! Use the collection to practice counting and simple addition and subtraction, as well as to introduce the concept of balance. 

Pre-K Standards: 

  •   Cognition and General Knowledge: Number Sens; Number Relationships and Operations  
  •   Language and Literacy Development: Listening and Speaking

Kindergarten Standards: 

  •    Visual Arts: Perceiving/Knowing; Responding/Reflecting 
  •  English Language Arts: Speaking and Listening; Reading: Foundational Skills; Language
  •    Math: Counting and Cardinality 

Stories (Grades 1–5) 

Using the basic components of a story, explore how artists express a story in visual form.

Standards: 

English—Language Arts 

  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 
  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration 
  •  All grades: Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 

Visual Art 

  •  All grades: Perceiving and Knowing 
  •  All grades: Responding and Reflecting 

Technology 

  • All grades: Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications

Geology and Art (Grades 3 & 6) 

Explore the characteristics of rocks and minerals. Find examples in the galleries. 

Standards: 

Science 

  •  Grade 3: Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Resources 
  •  Grade 6: Earth and Space Science: Rocks, Minerals, and Soil 
  •  High school: Physical Geology: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary rocks 

English—Language Arts: 

  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration 
  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 

Visual Art 

  •  All grades: Perceiving and Knowing 
  •  All grades: Responding and Reflecting 

Technology 

  •  All grades: Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications

Design Thinking: Chairs (Grades 5–8)

Can you build something that’s functional and beautiful at the same time? Analyze chairs in the CMA collection and build your own model using the design-thinking process. 

Standards: 

English Language Arts

  •     All grades: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  •     All grades: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
  •     All grades: Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Visual Art

  •    All grades: Perceiving and Knowing
  •    All grades: Responding and Reflecting

Technology 

  •  All grades: Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications 
  •  All grades: Standard 6: Design 
  •  All grades: Standard 7: Designed World

Ratio and Scale (Grades 6–7) 

Explore and calculate ratios and percentage while discovering how artists manipulate scale in their artworks.

Standards: 

Math 

  •  Grade 6–7: Ratios and Proportional Relationships 
  •  High School: Modeling 

English—Language Arts: 

  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration 
  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 

Visual Art 

  •  All grades: Perceiving and Knowing 
  •  All grades: Responding and Reflecting 

Technology 

  • All grades: Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications

Design Thinking: Create Your Own Interactive (Grades 9–12) 

Examine the ideas behind the creation of an interactive device. Analyze the technology, brainstorm, and create your own proposal for a new interactive.

Standards: 

English Language Arts

  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 
  •  All grades: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration 
  •  All grades: Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 

Visual Art 

  •  All grades: Perceiving and Knowing 
  •  All grades: Responding and Reflecting 

Technology 

  • All grades: Standard 3: Technology for Productivity Applications 
  • All grades: Standard 6: Design 
  • All grades: Standard 7: Designed World

Design Your Own Exhibition (Grades 9–12) 

Explore what it takes to develop an exhibition and create your own exhibition of artworks.

Standards:

English Language Arts

  •  Grades K–5: Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
  •  All Grades: Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  •  Grades 6–12: Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

Visual Art

  •  All Grades: Perceiving and Knowing
  •  All Grades: Responding and Reflecting

Fees and Registration 

Gallery Explorations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday–Friday. Fee: Pre-K & K: $75 per class of 18 students. Grades 1–12: $75 per class of 25 students. 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. A maximum of two classes can be accommodated in each time slot. Payment in full is due by the date of your session. A limited amount of scholarships are available for schools with at least 30% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. For more information, please contact Hajnal Eppley at heppley [at] clevelandart.org