Modernism: Early 20th Century Art

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Fauvism, Cubism, de Stijl, Surrealism and other selected movements in early 20th century art are introduced through the Museum’s collection. Explore the visual innovations of artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian and Miro in a period marked by the primacy of personal expression over a realistic rendering of the world.

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By Request: $145.00
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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


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Primary Disciplines

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

Program Delivery Mode

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

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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.

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. Classroom interactivity throughout the program - Surrealist writing exercise.
2. Discuss characteristics of European Modernism.
3. Introduce and discuss examples of art movements such as Fauvism, Die Brucke, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism.
4. Explore American responses to European art movements.
5. Listen to finished collaborative Surrealist story, written by the students.


1. Students will understand that during the period of Modernism (1880-1940), the artistic viewpoint changes from representing the way the world looks to the way the world feels.
2. Students will learn that during the early 20th century, artists attempt to define themselves by exploring a variety of forms of expression, including Fauvism, Surrealism, and Cubism.
3. Students will understand that art often reveals an artist’s response to the cultural environment within which he or she lives.

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.