Relate To Others Confidently - Body Language in Art Wellbeing Tour

Explore body language in more detail through a selection of paintings that depict people. Take time to follow the exercises and explore how artists use body language alongside colour, light, tone, etc., to take you on an emotional journey. You may be surprised at how much you know about this subject already! Discover how this knowledge can help wellbeing.

Wellbeing benefits:

Feel close to others

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to take some time to enjoy reflecting on what I value in my relationships.
I want to develop my observational skills to benefit me in my relationships at home and work.


This activity is split into 6 exercises using different paintings as inspiration. Some will take longer than others. We suggest that reading through the exercise first to see how long you think it'll take. 

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own, or with others - it's a great activity to discuss with others.

Where can I do this activity?

Online using our Virtual Gallery - or at Manchester Art Gallery using the Unspoken Wellbeing Tour.

How often can I do this activity?

Use the ideas and questions from these activities when visiting art galleries or looking at artwork online or in books, which depict people.

What do I need?

  • A pen/pencil

Did you know?

Visual artists use the body language of their subjects to convey emotions and relationships, and to create stories. The ability to read others’ emotions, and express your own emotions effectively, is central to forming sound relationships and contributes greatly to wellbeing. 

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