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Form, Function and Faith

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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This program lets students explore the relationship between building form and function by focusing on three Cleveland area historic houses of worship: St. Theodosius, an Orthodox Church, Temple Tifereth Israel, a synagogue and the Kirtland Temple--a 19th c. Community of Christ (Latter Day Saints) Church. Through extensive interactivity students will be introduced to architectural history and to the use of geometry and mathematics in order to understand how these buildings compare in their design

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By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Mathematics

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.

Please see the museum's website for information about virtual learning for K-12 students:

Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Introduce first building, Kirtland Temple.
2. Analyze the architectural forms and identify the geometric shapes, including use of the Golden Section and the Fibonnacci Series.
3. Compare the two floorplans.
4. Introduce second building, St. Theodosius.
5. Describe the architectural elements, giving background on church history.
6. Introduce third building, Temple Tifereth Israel, and follow analysis as in second.


1. Students will explore the relationship between building form and function and be introduced
to the concept of functional morphology—that the building takes shape based on its intended
2. Students will discover and compare three historic sacred landmarks, which focuses the lesson
on diversity of design and diversity of worship traditions.
3. Students will be introduced to reading architectural plans and will participate in interactivity
during the videoconference in which they follow a floor plan while viewing the building it
4. Students will be introduced to the concept of sacred geometry.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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