The Art of Adornment

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Students will explore ways in which various cultures throughout history have used adornment to establish personal and social identity. Body shaping, tattooing, piercing, scarification, cosmetic use and decorative arrangements of hair reflect diverse cultural values and also relate to issues of self-definition facing students today.

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By Request: $130.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimumum

Maximum participants:

No maximum, though we strongly recommend one class.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

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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. Compare and contrast wearing powdered wigs in the 1700s, with the hairstyle of a Nigerian woman from the early 1900s.
2. Discussion of women’s fashion and ideals of beauty in the 1800s (vs. today), based on the painting Countess Széchenyi in the museum.
3. View a Japanese print of man with a tattoo and discuss history of tattooing practices.
4. Discuss Ancient American practice of head shaping.
5. Discuss other beauty practices, including body modification, and scarification.


Students will understand that:
1. Definitions of beauty vary for different cultures and in different time periods.
2. Works of art can reflect cultural values.
3. Modern adornment methods relate to those used throughout history, for example: body shaping, tattooing, piercing, scarification, cosmetic use, and artful arranging of hair.