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Picture this

Create a piece of photographic art that encourages everyone to look more closely at an issue that matters to them.

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You’ll need

  • Scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Camera or phone
  • Access to the internet

Before you begin

  • To take part in this photography challenge everyone’s going to contribute pictures to make a montage or collage in the style of artists such as David Hockney. The artwork everyone creates should represent an issue that matters to them. There are lots of examples of these can be found online.
  • The activity can be completed individually or in pairs and done online or offline, depending on the resources everyone has access to. It can also be completed at home.

Picture this

  1. Everyone should have a look at some David Hockney or Hockney-style photo collages.
  1. Talk together about the Hockney collages and how they slightly distort the original subject. This encourages people to look closely at the finished collage and focus on the details.
  2. Everyone should talk about some of the issues that matter to them, why they matter and what a photograph of the issue could look like in a Hockney-style.
  1. While working together or individually at home, everyone should plan and take six slightly different photographs of their chosen subjects.

Mix it up

  1. If people are doing this activity on computers or devices, they should use an editing app or tool to cut sections of their photographs and copy and move them around to create a new collage.
  1. If people are doing this part of the activity without computers, they can bring in printed copies of their six photos and then cut and stick sections onto a piece of paper to create their collage.
  1. The person leading the activity can now create a gallery of the finished collages and invite the artists family members to come and see them.
  2. The artists can then explain why they took their photos and the issues they highlight.


This activity encouraged everyone to create art using a photo of the issue they care about. By making a collage of their subject they created a piece of art. Artists often use their art as a way of bringing awareness to a topic or highlighting an issue they’re concerned about. Everyone should talk together about how still images can be a powerful way of getting people to stop and think, because they capture a moment in time. People could talk about any images they’ve seen that hold meaning for them and the feelings they have when they look at those images. Everyone should think about how the group could use their collages to create further awareness, perhaps through an online campaign or by using them for posters or leaflets for an event or awareness-raising campaign.


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe. Take a look at our online safety or bullying guidance. The NSPCC offers more advice and guidance, too. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection CommandAs always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare, including their online experiences, follow the Yellow Card to make a report.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Challenge everyone to think of what they can photograph to illustrate an abstract topic, such as supporting positive mental health in young people. What could represent that topic? Most stock images are of a young person with their head in their hands so how could they portray a different, more meaningful side of the issue?

Make sure that anyone who doesn’t have access to a device or printer can team up with someone who does. The person leading the activity could also print out pictures if they need to.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Use the images everyone created as part of a campaign in Build a brilliant campaign to keep working towards the Digital Citizen Staged Activity Badge