Educational resources

This toolbox brings together a variety of teaching and workshop cards as well as fun visit aids. There are so many free resources to prepare your visit to the museum, extend it at home or simply learn everything about photography if you can’t get to the museum.

This page is regularly updated with new materials intended for teaching staff and the general public.

Educational sheets

The essentials of photography

A collection to understand everything about photography

Each educational sheet is devoted to an emblematic and representative theme of the collections of Photo Elysée in Lausanne.

History, theory and techniques are approached in a playful and accessible way. Activities for young and old, quotations, figures and anecdotes or bibliographical references allow everyone to learn more about photography while having fun.

The Photo Elysée educational sheets are available in four languages: French, English, German and Italian.


Photography and the movement arts

Workshop cards

The Photo Elysée workshops at home

The workshop cards list all the steps and the materials needed to reproduce the workshops offered at Photo Elysée independently. They include avenues to explore the techniques and themes of the workshops in greater detail. Everything you need to have fun with photography and visual arts and learn by doing!

Photo Elysée workshop cards are available in four languages: English, French, German, Italian.

Out-of-shot workshop

Make your poster! workshop

Composition workshop

Visit booklets


Train Zug Treno Tren. Crossing Lines

60 Species of Photographic Spaces – Exploring the Collections
Topics 1 to 5

60 Species of Photographic Spaces – Exploring the Collections
Topics 6 to 10

Photomobile Elysée

Photography is coming to you!

From November 2020 to December 2021, when the museum was temporarily closed during our move to Plateforme 10, the Photomobile Elysée allowed us to visit schools and specialised institutions in the Canton of Vaud, offering free educational workshops focusing on photography and the museum’s collections.

Chaplin Kit

A group activity to offer your classes!

The Chaplin through History exhibition kit offers pupils an introduction to the various museum practices. Using a selection of photographs taken from two cult films by the famous filmmaker, Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940), this activity involves discovering the professions that gave life to Photo Elysée and creating a temporary exhibition.

Particularly suitable for students of the visual arts, history and art history in secondary level II, the kit is also intended for general education in secondary level I. This project allows students to learn about Chaplin’s work and its influence on the film industry of the time, and then to develop skills in semiotic analysis of the photographic image. It also encourages students to work in groups, enabling them to take responsibility for the development of a joint project while acquiring the theoretical and practical knowledge related to the museum.

Photographs to touch

Art for all

Some thirty key works from the museum's collections have been tactilely adapted and put online in the form of a downloadable kit, so that the visually impaired public can access them throughout the world.