The purpose of the materials contained here is to help the students develop the skills and knowledge they need to make cross-cultural comparisons in art and life, drawing on the museum's collections. The lessons provide connected learning for diverse audiences. Throughout this unit students will be engaged in
- exploring different kinds of symmetry and mirror images
- connecting with the masks as a concept and how they relate to and reflect or distort facial proportions
- understanding cultural implications in expression and countenance
- recognizing metaphysical content and mythological context as portrayed across time and cultures with non-verbal messages through objects of art such as masks and portraits
Suggested activities and materials support educators before, during, and after a museum visit. The intermediate section is designed for middle school students. It encourages an examination of the philosophical implications of the works of art. By examining a variety of masks and objects, students experience ways that artists communicate. Students also have an opportunity to personalize information through self-examination and reflection.