A visual challenge on the shape of a quartet game.

Ages: 7 to 99
1 to 6 players.

Education in the 21st century is still based on language. Practicing to understand how images are made, what they mean, or how they create emotions and generate impact are important skills.

Give a theme pink card to each player. Place the image cards one by one on the table. The players have to recognize if the image belongs to their card. After collecting a quartet, all players stop, check if the quartet is correct, and the player gets a new pink card or goes on. The winer is the player with more quartets. Afterwards, all players choose a favorite theme and take a photograph adding it up.


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Discover more about the themes


If you are drawing with circles or take pictures of objects that are rounded, the image looks soft and friendly.


If you draw something with squares or take pictures of objects with the shape of a square or a rectangle, the image feels strong and solid.


If you draw something with pointy corners or take pictures of shapes with triangular corners or pointy endings, the image looks powerful or even scary.

Groups and areas

When you place people or objects together, located within the same closed area, you create the feeling that they belong to a group. It’s the opposite of scattering.


You can create a central composition when you place things, animals or people in the centre. This will enhance the surrounding space.


You can create a horizontal composition when you put things parallel to the horizon. It gives a feel of quietness or stability.


If you divide your illustration or photo into a grid with nine equal parts and then you place a person or a thing along the intersections, you create a visually pleasing image.


There is contrast in the image when you create strong differences between two or more elements: black and white, large and short, thin and thick…


There is repetition when there are elements that appear two times or more. If you replicate something a number of times, it creates a pattern, like the strikes or circles you draw on a shirt.


There is proportion if you scale well all parts of the image in relation to each other. The proportions are interesting, though not real, if an elephant is smaller than a cat, or a kid is bigger than a house.

Example for Central: Jeptha Homer Wade (1837). Jeptha Homer was a busy man that had factories and made paintings like this one of Nathaniel Olds that you can see at the Cleveland Museum of Art.The spectacles he wears were to protect against Argand Lamps. If you want to know more about this painting:


Example for Proportion: Matrakçi Nasuh, 16th century. Matrakçı Nasuh was born in Bosnia, was an expert In mathematics and history, and was well known for his miniatures depicting landscapes and cities of 16th-century in Persia. Discover his amazing paintings here:


Example for Repetition: Adeline Harris (1856).  Adeline, from Rhode Island, was 17 when she started to make a quilt asking people to sign in small cubes of silk and stitching the 360 signatures to more than 150 different fabrics. If you want to see the cubes in detail:


Example for Groups and Areas: Christine de Pizan, 15th Century. Christine de Pizan was born in Italy and raised in France. She was a writer and historian that devoted her work to women’s equality already in the middle ages. This miniature belongs to her book “The City of Ladies”. You can read more about her here:


Example for Contrast: Beatus Of Facundus (1047). In the 9th century, in the mountains of northern Spain, a monk named Beatus de Facundus illustrated a collection of writings. His depictions were so beautiful that throughout hundreds of years they would be hand copied over and over again as there was no technology for printing. You can see more beautiful illustrations from him here:


More ways to learn

Look carefully at the images and ask yourself what you see: the types of lines, positions, groups, colors…
What do you think the painter/ artist wanted to show or express?
How does this image make you feel?

Be creative like a real photographer! Choose a pink card. Take a photo that illustrates the theme. Share it on Instagram #myphotogame and see what other people photographed. When you’ve tried all the themes, you can start taking photos based on two pink cards at a time.

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