Activity 1 : Look at a painting

  • Observe a painting 
  • Describe from what you see (who, when, what, where...)
  • Express your feelings (emotions, sensations, evocation...)
  • Collect information; how, where?
  • Identify the artist, date and title of the painting
  • Clarify the subject described in the painting : sort and analyse the found information
  • Make a connection between the painting and our times
  • Prepare a synthesis document: factsheet on painting and reflection on painting
  • Analysing and processing information
  • Reproduction of a pictorial work in A4 format with a label indicating its name, author and production date.
  • Documentary material available (paper, website, photo...) - computer stations and printer.
  • A blank sheet of paper for feedback + glue, felt pens...

The activity consists of observing a painting and writing a factsheet.

This activity can be done alone or in groups of up to 4.

A time of collective feedback can be planned: each one presents his/her work and especially part 5 which allows to think collectively on the links with current events.

  1. In a brainstorming session, the trainer can introduce the activity by discussing with the participants the issue of art and the transmission of information: do works of art transmit information, about what? how? why? .... 

Ideas are written on a flip chart.

  1. The trainer presents:
  • the objective of the activity: to seek information, analyse it, give an opinion and present it ;
  • Instructions: observe a painting, collect information and write a factsheet (free format, A3 poster type);
  • the method: this work can be individual or in teams;
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours.
  1. The trainer distributes the paper version of the painting to everyone.
  2. The trainer collectively asks for the source: where and how to look for the information.
  3. Each participant or team gets to work on their poster. 
  4. The trainer suggests that each one should present his/her work (method, poster and link).
  5. The trainer suggests that everyone assesses him/herself using the indicator grid.
  6. The trainer launches a discussion on the interest of the activity, the quality of the information sources and the painting impact.
  • How did you feel about this painting ?
  • What is the point of doing this activity?
  • How did you go about it? How did you carry out your information search?
  • To what other situation, especially in the context of a workstation, can this information processing activity be compared?


The exercise to be done with age mixed groups.

Provide several images of paintings.

Ask one of the participants per group to pick an image and then each one should do the exercise.

At the end it will be asked why the person selected that image rather than another one.