Virtual Learning Topics

Connect with the CMA collection through live, interactive video sessions with a CMA educator. Explore artworks through discussion, writing, drawing, and movement. Topics can be facilitated in English, Spanish, or French.

Lessons are designed for grades K–12 and are designed to support standards.

General Virtual Learning topics: We are committed to offering our general K–12 Virtual Learning topics available to schools, regardless of financial barriers. We appreciate and encourage schools and classrooms who are able to make a donation of $5/ student to support program sustainability. An invoice with your suggested donation will be included in your confirmation email.

Special request topics: $145/class session, $130/session if multiple sessions are booked

Choose Your Own Adventure

Students take responsibility for their own learning by working with a CMA educator to determine their tour path. Wherever the path may lead, students will use visual literacy to “read” a work of art. No two classes will navigate this topic the same way!
In this experience students may:  

  • Determine which artworks are we engage with during the lesson
  • Make collaborative decisions to drive learning with increased independence
  • Make choices about strategies used to engage with artworks

Creativity and Problem-Solving

Explore ways artists have experimented and solved problems throughout time. Through design and play based activities, practice using creativity to solve problems of your own. 
In this experience students may:  

  • Use creative thinking to imagine alternate possibilities in artworks
  • Generate multiple ideas and solutions to a problem
  • Test out and evaluate solutions

Expressing Ideas

Discover how artists communicate ideas through their art in order to consider ways to express your own ideas.
In this experience students may:  

  • Differentiate between verbal, visual, & other forms of communication
  • Extract & evaluate information about a culture, time period, or cultural values from a work of art
  • Communicate their own ideas or opinions about works of art

Historic Connections

Use artworks from many time periods and places as primary sources and relate discoveries to your own lives. 
In this experience students may:  

  • Examine, interpret, and critique artworks as primary sources
  • Compare objects across geographic location, culture, and time

Human Connections

How can art be used as a tool for empathy and human connections across time and place? Discover ways that you and your students can make connections with human issues and experiences, enhance a sense of self in one’s community, and make personal connections with artworks, objects, and their makers.

In this experience students may:  

  • Navigate multiple opinions and viewpoints about artworks and historical events
  • Make connections between works of art, their personal lives, and others in the group
  • Use artworks to connect to students' understanding of their modern-day circumstances: what communities they belong to, their role in their communities, and issues their communities face

Look & Discover

Explore the museum’s collection through this general introductory experience designed to examine artworks from many time periods and cultures.
In this experience students may:

  • Become familiar with the spaces and artworks at the CMA
  • Make observations and develop their own interpretations of artworks
  • Compare and contrast artworks across many time periods, cultures, and media

Play & Experimentation

Explore the collection by engaging in intentional and purposeful play. This topic allows students to pursue their questions and make discoveries through games, movements, and prompts that turn on the imagination.  

In this experience students may:  

  • Engage in elaborative play in order to build creativity
  • Engage in and reflect on a process of collaborative learning
  • Experiment with different ways to respond to works of art

Social-Emotional Learning through Art

Explore ways art can support students’ social-emotional learning. Educators can choose between three tracks. Sessions may be booked individually, or as a series.  
Self-Awareness: Identify emotions and consider how the outside world impacts emotions we feel.

Self-Management: Discover artful thinking strategies that help students process their emotions. Students will practice slow looking and coping techniques while viewing works of art.  

Social Awareness: Investigate a variety of cultures and perspectives and consider what we can learn from others. 


Do you have a specialized theme or deep-dive topic you’d like to explore with your students? Register for a custom digital learning experience. (Please note: custom topics require at least 4 weeks’ notice and are fee-based.)  

Topics may include former “deep dive” DL lessons such as:  

  • Ancient American Art
  • Art of Adornment 
  • Egyptomania
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Impressionism
  • Medieval Art
  • Spanish Art 

To discuss additional options, please contact virtuallearning [at] clevelandart.org