Starting questions


The following questions may be useful as a starting point for developing speaking and listening skills with your class:

    Detail from 'Brighton Pierrots': violin player

  • What can you see? What do you think is happening?
  • What colours can you see?
  • What time of day do you think it is? How do you know?
  • How many people can you see in the painting? (some may be hard to spot)
  • What would you see/hear/feel and smell if you were in the painting?
  • What words would you use to describe the mood of the painting?
  • Where is the artist? Why do you think he chose to paint his picture from this angle?
  • If you were in the painting where would you like to be and why?
  • What do you think might happen next?

Questioning skills (PDF)