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.

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

General Virtual Learning topics: $30 per session. Scholarships are available upon request.
Special Request topics: $130 per session.


Look and 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 do the following:

  • Make observations and develop their own interpretations of artworks
  • Relate knowledge and personal experiences to build connections between art and their lives
  • Identify and describe artists’ personal connections to their communities and cultures through art

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 do the following:  

  • Make observations, develop ideas, and compare findings with other collaborators in the group
  • Construct arguments, explanations, or design solutions by creating a prototype or sketch to demonstrate ideas
  • Develop comfort with ambiguity to understand that there may be multiple possibilities, solutions, and ideas related to a challenge

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 feel empowered to do the following:  

  • Examine and analyze how artists visually express their ideas and communicate messages
  • Investigate how artists use materials, words, and images to convey meaning
  • Reflect on artworks from around the world to make, consider, or express their own ideas

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 do the following:  

  • Relate artworks with cultural and historical contexts
  • Examine, interpret, and critique artworks as primary sources
  • Evaluate multiple opinions and viewpoints about artworks and historical events to acknowledge that people have a variety of perspectives on the world

Social-Emotional Learning through Art

Explore ways art can support students’ social-emotional learning.

In this experience, students may do the following:

  • Identify emotions and consider how the outside world impacts the emotions we feel
  • Discover strategies to help process emotions through slow-looking and coping techniques while viewing artworks
  • Investigate a variety of cultures and perspectives and consider what we can learn from others

Special Request

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 four weeks’ notice and are fee based.)  

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

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

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

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by an anonymous supporter, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O'Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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