Clown Poster Reflection

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Level of process: 
Intent or purpose: 
To see the multiple levels of meaning found in a picture and experience of sense of awe found in a poster.
Used as component of: 
This was orginally used as a demonstration of the use a conversation method used with posters and pictures in a Training of Trainers course.<br> It can be used as a way of reflecting on a topic.
Recognizable Components: 
The Institute of Cultural Affairs Focused Conversation Method
Types of Participants: 
Recommended size of group: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 45 Min.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
A new appreciation of the use of pictures and art.
Level of participation: 
Ideal Conditions: 
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Some level of trust is required
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Skilled in the Focused Conversation Method is helpful
Setting and Materials: 
A poster of a Clown. We used one that was found in Poland. The clown looks some what fearful and seems to be glancing at something out of the picture.
Resources Needed: 
The clown picture
Pre-Work Required: 
review of the questions. The picture should be hung up in a place that everyone can see it.


1. We want to spend a few minutes looking at this poster. Pictures often have many layers of meaning for an individual or a group. A large part of that meaning has to do with what we bring to the picture, our culture, our own personal history, or feelings at the moment. As trainers we can use pictures in a variety of ways. I want to demonstrate one of those ways.


1. Take a look at the poster. What are some of the colors used in this poster?

2. What is a shape in this picture?

3. What is one feature of this face that stands out for you?

4. What are the different parts of the picture? If you were to point out the different parts of the picture what would be one part?

5. What is an emotion that this picture is communicating?

6. What is the clown thinking?

7. If you were to tell a story about him what would be the points of the story?

8. Who needs to hear the clown's story?


This poster is of course only ink on paper and yet we created a whole new level of meaning. We perhaps brought to consciousness levels of understanding we as individuals had but were not aware of. Pictures can be very powerful teaching tools.

How flexible is the process?: 
very. Any number of photos, posters and pictures can be used.
Follow-Up Required: 
File attachments: 
Microsoft Office document icon Clown_Poster.doc26 KB
Office presentation icon clown poster.ppt604.5 KB
Jon Jenkins
Derived from: 
This is based on the Institute of Cultural Affairs' Focused Conversation Method.
History of Development: 

It was created as a demonstration of the use of pictures in training for a training of training series in Poland.

Spencer, L. (1989). Winning Through Participation, Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.<br> Stanfield, B., Ed. (1997). The Art of Focused Conversation, Toronto: The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs. <br> Wilson, P. H., Harnish, K. & Wright, J. (2003). The Facilitative Way, TeamTech Press, Shawnee Mission, KS.
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Free (or unattributable)
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