Self Portraits

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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How we see ourselves influences our perspectives, our decisions and the daily experience of living. Artists create tangible evidence of their process of reflection through self-portraits. By observing how luminaries from Rembrandt to Picasso represent themselves, we will explore a variety of artist’s personal statements, historical moments and technical approaches. Discussion includes self perception as related to images students may create of themselves as a follow up or precursor to the program

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By Request: $145.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

Virtual learning for PreK-12 students offers connections
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.

Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Introduce ways in which artists may choose to depict themselves in terms of the amount of information revealed or concealed.
2. Discuss naturalistic self-portraits by Rembrandt, Matisse, and Kollwitz.
3. Discuss instances of borrowed identity in which artists present themselves as someone else.
4. Discuss obscured identity where the individual is hidden but present in unexpected ways.
5. Self-portrait interactivity.


Students will reflect on the different roles in which they find themselves.
Students will learn of the relationships between shape and color and how they can be used to express oneself.
Students will see how other artists interpreted themselves; sometimes in many different ways and attitudes.
Students will assess the role depicted in the self-portraits of Rembrandt, Matisse, and others.
Students will choose three aspects of their own identity to use in creating three self-portrait sketches.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.