The image of Bruegel`s hunters in the snow can be found here.

Below are the questions used to encourage thinking in the responses.

Pieter Bruegel the elder – Hunters in the snow


1. What are some of the ways that the artist shows us this is a cold day?

2. This painting has a sense of stillness about it, but the artist also shows that some things are moving. Can you name them and describe how we know they are moving?

3. The fact that some things in this painting seem near and some things seem far away gives the painting a sense of depth. How does the artist show that some things are far away?

4. What is the mood of this painting? How does the artist use colour to create this mood?

5. How does the artist show texture in the fur on the dogs?


# Alexander Sokol 2012-01-23 12:11
Thanks, Gillian. It'd be interesting to learn about the actual responses. Did students think as much as you wanted them to? If not, did you take any steps to motivate them to think more? If so, which ones?
I am asking as in my experience (in a different subject, though) written tasks where we expect them to think often fail to serve the purpose. However, they do work well as context creators, meaning that it's easy to introduce a thinking task on the basis of students' written works. Do you see what I mean?
# Kirsi Urmson 2012-02-05 17:43
written tasks where we expect them to think often fail to serve the purpose.

This can be so true. The pupils get lazy and just produce a short answer and think that it is enough. Would it help if there was just one problem/question which wouldn't have a quick right answer?
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