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  • 1. DESCRIBING A PICTURE
  • 2. 1. IDENTIFY THE PICTURE This document is a(n) ….. Drawing - cartoon - photo - cover Advertisement - painting - poster Portrait - film still article It ( probably ) comes from a … Magazine - Newspaper - novel It was drawn / created / written / painted It was published / written It is recent by (…) in ( + date ) It dates from…
  • 3. 1. IDENTIFY THE PICTURE EXAMPLE The Runaway , by Norman Rockwell , 1958   This document  is a painting by Norman Rockwell. It was painted by Norman  Rockwell in 1958/ It dates from   1958. It is entitled “The Runaway”.
  • 4. 2. DESCRIPTION Useful expressions Useful words The scene takes place in …/at… it is composed of… / made up of … The main character(s) is / are … We are struck by… The secondary character(s) is / are … Our attention is drawn to … There is / are… We can see / notice (that )… It shows … Shades of (to) stand out against Bright / vivid colours Pale / soft colours In contrast to colourful Useful prepositions Behind in front of opposite Between among in on underneath under face to face next to inside outside near against side by side above
  • 5. 2. DESCRIPTION -EXAMPLE First let’s describe the painting / the picture. As we can see the scene takes place in a café. It must be breakfast time / in the morning. There are three characters, a waiter who is standing from the other side of the counter, a policeman and a boy who are in profile. The waiter is in the background and the other two characters are in the foreground . Both the waiter and the policeman look welcoming / friendly / kind / gentle / protective. They are smiling to the child. At the bottom of the painting our attention is drawn by a red bundle / hobo bag with white spots. The bag is on the floor. This red bag stands out against the rest of the painting. The boy is really young, he may be nine years old. He is wearing a yellow T-shirt and jeans. He has got short blond hair and a round fact. The boy’s bright yellow T-shirt is in contrast to the policeman’s dark blue uniform.
  • 6. 3. INTERPRETATION AND OPINION Useful expressions It expresses …/ symbolizes… It pictures …/ depicts …. The message is… / the purpose is to … It’s a criticism of … To my mind / In my opinion From my point of view … As a conclusion / to conclude / in conclusion it represents …/ illustrates… The author wants to ….. it’s a symbol of …/ a message of… Useful adjectives Useful words Sadness Happiness Loneliness Anger Hatred sadness I think / believe that … it seems to me that…. Ordinary ridiculous Terrific striking Silly odd provoking touching wonderful awful witty moving gorgeous ugly repulsive convincing powerful satirical amazing great
  • 7. 3. INTERPRETATION AND OPINION EXAMPLE From my point of view, this is a very touching and moving painting because it ordinary people depicts in their everyday lives . The little boy probably had an argument with his parents and he ran away from home. The boy was quite daring / bold to venture alone into the streets and he is telling his story to the two men . The red bundle symbolizes the boy’s anger. As he is no longer angry , the bundle left on the floor. has been
  • 8. 4. POSITION OF OBJECTS In the background In the foreground At the top In the top right-hand corner In the top left-hand corner On the left In the bottom left-hand corner In the middle On the right In the bottom right-hand corner At the bottom
  • 9. PRACTICE This document is a(n) ….. It ( probably ) comes from a … It was published / written It is recent in ( + date ) It dates from…