This project involved researching the collections of the Musée Fabre, in particular landscape paintings and ideas in relation to landscape painting as the use of different formats, the use made by artist of different point of view, different style of space representation scale, and details.
The goal was the idea of a group of students developing their own city journey in the form of a “movie postcard”, which would convey their ideas about seeing, rediscovering and depicting the city.
In this work of art students explored the process of making a movie. They studied relation to both making landscape image – framing and focusing -and the use of text as a narrative through commentary. They presented their explorations in a short movie which could be the story of a classroom making a movie about “how to be more aware about our surrounding”. What to tell about what we know the most in the place we live in. How to see fragment of the past, fragment of the future, present living.
The length of the movie was optional, the main goal was to produce the idea of a journey, in their own city depicted through their look. Writing the documentary was interpreted in a number of ways. Some stuck to a literal description of views, others made more elaborated comments involving emotions and feelings.
After 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.
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
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.