Physical and Emotional Pain

Mental and Physical Suffering.pdf

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Physical and Emotional Pain




In this unit, learners will discuss how suffering can be both mental and/or physical pain. We will discuss different emotions and how they can shape our memories. The learners will share personal stories in which suffering is felt on a mental, and/or physical level. Learners will discuss their own instance of suffering, and will create sequential thumbnail sketches expressing this particular memory. As a final assignment, each learner will choose one of his/her sketches in particular to create a suffering scene. The chosen scene must exemplify strong composition, climactic emotion, and subtractive drawing techniques. The students will share finished suffering scenes with an attached artist statement.


Kara Luke


-Conrad Marca-Relli, Untitled (Figure Study), 1955; CMA 2000.11
-Charles White, Resting Woman, 1940; CMA 2012.10.1


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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11 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
Standard H1-II The student will use knowledge of composition and the elements and principles of design to communicate ideas.
Standard H1-III The student will explore prospective content in artworks.

Integrated CCSS: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


The learner will:
1. Discuss the physical and emotional impact of pain and suffering.
2. Share personal stories and past experiences of suffering.
3. Discuss CMA artist exemplars and create a scene of suffering using subtractive charcoal techniques.


Paper, pencil, charcoal, kneaded erasers, reference photographs

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