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

(Desperately) Seeking Insight Through Art

Why do we feel so worthless? Why do we feel so alone? Why are we afraid to feel? And why is love not enough? We are surrounded by people who ensure us that it gets better, that we need to be patient, that some day, some day there will be no more pain – or at least a significantly less amount (I believe that pain is one of life's constants). The thing is, though, we don't want to wait for some day- if this so-called some day even exists in the first place. Why should we have to wait to be happy? Happiness doesn't come with you standing around waiting for it (side note: neither does love or success).

In this lesson, I will use famous pieces of art that give different perspectives on life and the overwhelming emotions that come along with it. Many of the pieces I have selected are ones that spoke to me instinctively, but are, at the same time, ones I think everyone can pull something from. 

The main focus of this lesson is to teach people that they are not alone in their struggles. I want everyone who feels uncertain about life and lonely and helpless to know that they are not alone, and that they can use their emotions to create something powerful. It is to inspire them to not only ask for help, but, if that is too much of a difficult task, to create, to express one self. Whether it is through art, music, writing, breaking something, screaming at the top of your very lungs in the middle of nowhere, telling someone you love them; I don't care. Everything is self expression if you put everything you are into it. 

Created By

Alyssa Perea

Subject

The Arts

Grade Level

9-12