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Past Event

Art of Empathy: Self-Awareness

Apr 8 2021

Seattle Art Museum



Art can help us reduce stress, work through anxiety, and process emotions. In a year of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and political upheaval, it’s important to take time for self-care. Join SAM educators as we explore the art of empathy for others as well as ourselves. Each lunchtime session will be 45 minutes and include a meditation activity as well as a deep look at works from SAM's collection. Sign up for one or all sessions. The webinar format allows you to munch on your salad without worrying whether anyone can see the spinach in your teeth.

Session 1: Self-Awareness

We typically experience emotions subconsciously as instinctual reactions. Paying attention to how we feel brings awareness and helps to unpack the root cause of emotions. In this session, we will practice a mindfulness drawing exercise to bring a new awareness to the spaces that we’ve been stuck in for over a year. We’ll also offer an escape from these places by looking closely at landscape paintings from SAM’s collection.

This session will be led by Kelsey Donahue, Assistant Manager for Gallery Learning, and Yaoyao Liu, Museum Educator.

Other Events in the Series

Thu Apr 8
Art of Empathy: Self-Awareness

Thu Apr 15
Art of Empathy: Self-Regulation

Thu Apr 22
Art of Empathy: Social Awareness

Thu Apr 29
Art of Empathy: Social Engagement

Free with registration. Complete your registration at the Zoom link in your confirmation email. If you have any questions, please contact
Mountain Landscape, ca. 1983, Kenneth Callahan, oil on board, 19 3/4 x 29in. (50.2 x 73.7cm), frame: 25 x 34 in., Gift of the Marshall and Helen Hatch Collection, in honor of the 75th, Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2012.15.4, © Estate of Kenneth Callahan

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.