African Masks

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Learn why African artists use animals and other symbols as points of
reference in mask-making, and how masks are used in ceremonies.
Discussion includes select examples from countries in the Sub-Saharan
region, and a closer look at the materials used, as well as the role
these masks play in life and seasonal cycles.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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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. Discuss the uses of masks in Sub-Saharan Africa.
2. Introduce works from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.
3. Discuss materials used, as well as imagery and symbolism.


Students will explore the imagery and symbolism of African masks.
Students will learn why African artists use animals in some of their masks and how those masks are used in African ceremonies.
Students will explore the many roles that masks play in African culture.