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MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Daily Life Colonial New England

Read all available descriptions.


Write the title and date of the artwork in your notebook.


Use the zoom and pan buttons to examine the artwork closely.


Write 3 ideas or observations about the photo.


What class might this person have belonged to in Colonial New England? What might this tell you about their daily life, beliefs, or role in the government?

What objects do you notice in the background? What might they tell you about the person's lifestyle or daily life?

What do you notice about clothing or hairstyles?

What colors feature in the painting? What is the "mood" of the painting - serious, silly, professional...?

What do you think this person is thinking about?