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L'Art de L'Afrique

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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Former French colonies in Africa have a rich and complex history. Explore the traditional arts of selected countries such as Mali, The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Cote d'Ivoire in this lesson suitable for any class studying African culture and/or French.
OPTIONAL: French language presentation. Please specify if French language presentation is requested.

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By Request: $145.00
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* Optional French language presentation available on request - program fee for French language presentation is $175.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Language Arts/English

Program Delivery Mode

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

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Virtual Learning at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows classes to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history, language arts, science, math and the 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. Programs are designed for grades K-12 and are aligned with ODE academic standards.

Hajnal Eppley

Program Details


1. Mention former French colonies such as Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast which are home to peoples such as the Baule, Senufo and Bwa.
2. Discuss the uses and cultural significance of selected sculpture from the museum’s collection.
3. Introduce idea that many African objects are meant to be seen in motion and show short video of the Bush Cow masquerade.
4. Introduce Baule gold ornaments as objects of portable wealth.
5. Discuss the nature of symbolism in African and American objects.


Students will learn and understand that the Cote d’Ivoire is just one region of the continent of Africa, and it is composed of many nations that have their own traditions and spiritual practices.
Students will understand that the styles, materials, techniques, and functions of the works of art these nations create also vary, even within a single region, as we discuss the people who inhabit this region, and the objects they create.
By studying the works of art, students will learn that even though these objects are
beautiful, they also have important social functions. The objects may attest to the social status of the wearer and may be used in ceremonial rituals.

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.