Lucy asked the students in her writing skills class to imagine the secret thoughts of figures in a painting and to write a diary entry in their words.

Charles and Leira wrote an entry for the lady in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s At the Theatre.

at the theatre

Dear Kitty,

Today was the worst day of my life , Georges hit me because he discovered my relationship with Jean. I cried for hours and hours after I knew that Georges finally killed Jean. To terrify me Georges showed me the body of my love. I hate my life. At the opera, when I was waiting for Jean, I saw a lot of couples very happy and I asked myself “why not me?” It’s decided: I will do all what I can to kill Georges. I have to do this, for Jean’s memory.

Nari and Rocio wrote the imagined thoughts of the main figure in Paul Gauguin’s Seated Tahitian Woman and Idol.

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Dear Diary,

It might be the last diary as a daughter of a chief. After having spoken with father I decided to leave home tomorrow, because father said to me “you must get married with Jonathan, the son of our neighbour’s chief.” Actually, I fell in love with another man, so I don’t want to get married to him. I prefer to leave the town, before all the fights started, so tomorrow before the sun rise, I will be riding my horse to ‘Farmtown’, there I will meet Tom, the farmer’s son, who is my real boyfriend. Of course, father is going to be very angry, but I don’t mind. I’m not going to do what he wants me to do with my life. I’ve decided to do what I want to do.

I know that after tomorrow I’m going to start a new life, I’ll learn how to cook, do the laundry….if it’s necessary I will ask for money from my neighbours. This is the end of my life as the chief’s daughter.