Working with photos or paintings that represent families. Modern families, old fashioned families ... different families
(Photos and notes on the questions that can be used in class)
Focusing on family images
Children should acquire the ability to observe consciously pictures and should be encouraged to express verbally (using words) their thoughts, a procedure which, can help them in the process of linking their interior world with the outside one, as well as promoting the development of oral language skills.
- Display of different images related to the “family” topic
- Analysing different aspects of the images related to the topic
- Focusing/altering aspects of the images, (re)creating the images giving our own point of view
Objective: activate children’s perception and critical analysis using as tool the observation of parts of the image (clothes, gestures, movements, body position)
PRE-ACTIVITY: children discuss the notion of family, the many different forms of it and express their feelings. Schools exchange family photos of their students. Ss in their classes present the photos and try to find similarities and differences
A set of images (drawings) is presented to the students. Each child chooses 2-3 of them (interesting to him) and observe them. They are expected to be able to justify their choice and also answer some questions e.g:
- Name (depending on their age): some objects, people, activities, colours, feelings, the space
- Describe: the scene, the scenery
- Relate: the characters and the theme of the picture, make speculations
- Connect: find common or uncommon points between what he sees and his everyday experiences
Students create their own stories based on what they can see in the painting. Stories are gathered and posted in the project blog page.
Activity: “What are they thinking?”
Objective: reinforcing visual literacy by working on the diagnostic skills of the students
- The students observe pictures, photos, paintings that depict families in leisure time activities. They take some time trying to imagine what the people in the photos are thinking. They can produce “speaking bubbles” for the characters in the photos. All these are exchanged among schools and students can compare and contrast how the others perceive the same images.
- They are asked to imagine families spending their free time together and then they are asked to paint their own pictures.
ACTIVITY A16: "Live reproduction of the picture"
- Students use actual objects (chair, vase, etc) and their bodies to create a “live” reproduction of the painting. Students take the roles of the people in the painting after discussion. Some of them take the role of the director paying attention on the right position of the bodies, expressions, etc. When they have reached a commonly accepted result, the stay still for a few seconds and take a photo.
- Afterwards they have a discussion on how they were feeling about the role the “played” for a while trying to investigate how the members of families are treated in different historical times and if/how this can be shown through a picture.
“reforming” the paintings
Objective: students “direct” their own versions/pictures of families
- Students in groups choose one of the paintings representing families. First they take roles, reproduce the picture and take a phot of it.
- Students discuss and decide to give their own point of view/version of the painting (an old-fashioned family is now presented in a modern way or all members of the family are now equal so the father is not sitting while all the others are standing or it is not necessary to have a picture of a happy family, members of a family are free to express their feelings, etc). The new “painting” is set and a second photo is taken.
- Students are expected to be able to justify their choices and (first in class and then in the international groups) describe their views.
- Galleries of the new pictures are created and are posted in the project blog. Schools prepare displays and galleries.
AGIA MARINA K.A. PRIMARY SCHOOL, NICOSIA, CYPRUS
SPAIN: WORKING WITH FAMILY PICTURES AND RECREATING SITUATIONSa15 y 16.pdf
FAMILIES A15-16 CYPRUS_compressed.pdf
Wales A15 and A16 activity.pdf