Words for emotions

st sebastien2After previous working session at the Museum, students are now familiar with depicting the emotions in painting; it is time for them to express themselves.

To do so, the professor gives them a reproduction of some paintings viewed during the visit. Students are asked to invent dialogues between characters regardless the storytelling of the painting. The objective is to highlight a situation in which apparent “placidity” of the characters appears to be in flat contradiction to the situation they are experiencing. Expressivity in painting depends on the cultural context of the society in which the painter evolves. Students are living in the XXI century but they should be able to “read” images from the past.


Visit to the "Golden Age of painting in Naples" exhibit


Students, teachers and Fabre museum’s staff

Generally speaking, students of the college Las Cazes have difficulties in recognizing and interpreting emotional expressions from the others. Therefore they  have difficulties in sharing their own emotional states of mind and communicating in a proper way with the others. Their inability to express or to  interpret correctly an emotional state of mind induces major blunders in communication. Ultimately, this causes feelings of aggression, rejection, suffering and violence. The project “emotions” in partnership with the Musée Fabre aims to help students to characterize their emotions in order to build a better communication with the others.


Boys “at work” during the visit










1 °) learn to recognize the emotions of others in using the reading of the body language (faces and gestures of the characters) . The base of this work are the paintings of the exhibition « Golden Age of painting in Naples ».

2 °) Understand when and why a painted character is experiencing an emotion. Arise mirrored the question of at what point and why we even feel an emotion.

3 °) namely express emotions (role-playing game) from a list of known situations.


girls acting from a painting behind them

Introducing the Las Cazes college


Students at work

The Las Cazes college is a « ghetto » college. People of the urban neighborhoods are not necessary poor, but continued to live in the area, either because of personal preference (language, religion belief), or because of racist attitudes of people living in other areas of the city.

This is not only a urban area where in the majority of the residents are French-Arabian people (98% of the students are French Arabian) who are sometimes in extreme poverty, but people of this area are physically isolated from non‐poor residential areas of the town.

This physical isolation is characterized by the distancing of families from the suburban locations where jobs are being created, from cultural institutions such as museums, theatres, public libraries or cinemas.

The College is a junction point between the ghetto and the rest of the town. This is the reason why the Musée Fabre and the college “Las Cazes” started a particular partnership in order to break the Social 
 Isolation of our students.