Relate To Others Confidently - Being James Curtis

Step 1: Being James Curtis

  • Look at the painting of ‘James Curtis’ and answer the following questions:

1. How would you describe the pose of this man?


2. What are your initial thoughts and feelings about him?
Does he seem likeable or trustworthy to you?
Does he remind you of anybody else?

3. What do you notice about his facial expression, eye contact and posture?
Do these offer you any clues as to how he is feeling?


4. What do you think the artist was trying to portray in this work?
How has he done this other than with the pose of the sitter?


5. Can you think of any situations where this posture would seem inappropriate to


6. Is this a position you would usually adopt yourself?


Step 2: Try out the posture for yourself

  • Try out the posture for yourself and talk/think about what it feels like.  Have any of your opinions changed now that you’ve tried it for yourself?
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