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Ancient American Art: The Aztec & their Ancestors

from Cleveland Museum of Art

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This lesson introduces the art of selected cultures in ancient Mesoamerica (today, Mexico, Guatemala and adjacent countries). Objects of ceramic, gold and stone (including jade) shed light on religion and rulership among the Aztec, Maya, and others in the centuries before European contact. An effort is made to provoke students to think critically as they help the instructor analyze art works and their meanings.
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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

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. Discuss map of Mesoamerica.
2. Introduce Olmec culture, their materials, and technical processes.
3. Introduce Maya culture, sacred ballgame, artifacts, and glyphs.
4. Discuss ancient site of Teotihuacán, and look at the grid plan of the city.
5. Introduce Aztec culture, including their use of calendar systems and religious beliefs.
6. Discuss European contact, and its effect on Ancient American civilizations.


1. Through artifacts in the CMA’s collection, students will be introduced to aspects of the daily life and rituals of Mesoamerican cultures.
2. Students will learn about the various materials and technical innovations used to make objects.
3. Students will learn how these objects and artifacts are interpreted.

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.