Contemporary gallery
  • Contemporary gallery

Contemporary Art

Grade Level: 
Student Level: 
High School

Discover the stimulating and diverse art of the later 20th and early 21st centuries. 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.

Program Format: 
  • Define and discuss realistic and abstract art.
  • Introduce mid to late 20th century, and 21st century, artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art collection such as Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and others.
  • Discuss media such as silk screening, painting, and sculpture, as well as the artists' point of view towards their subject.
  • Optional drawing interactivity in which students choose elements of a style represented by one of the videoconference's featured artists.
  • Students will be able to discuss and analyze the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Students will learn that there are diverse ways of expressing creativity through different media, moods, imagery and styles, including figurative and abstract.
  • Students will learn that a contemporary painting is the product of a series of thoughtful, artistic decisions, even if it appears spontaneous or abstract.