Movement in pictures

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By Jane Bower — is a consultant to primary schools in art, drama, dance and literacy

Capture movement using paint and photography

Movement in pictures

There are many examples of painted portraits that suggest movement, and it is useful if you can collect examples of these, such as Renoir’s Dance in the City (1883), Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters for the Moulin Rouge and the Jardin de Paris (very close to cartoon in style), and the Futurists’ images of movement, such as the many works of Boccioni. You can also ask your class to bring in photographs of people in action (either their own or from magazines) and examples of comic strips showing characters in motion. See Activity sheet 8 for an example of a comic strip.

The lesson should begin by studying these examples and discussing what it is in each that suggests movement – see Essential facts. Challenge the children to add more to the list, or spot any similarities between the different media of painting, photography and cartoon.

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