Encyclopedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts was a general encyclopedia published in France between 1751 and 1772. It was edited by Denis Diderot and co-edited by Jean le Rond d'Alambert.
This encyclopedia is the emblem of the Age of Enlightenment (17th century). There are 17 volumes of text, 11 volumes of plates, 25,000 pages and 60,000 entries. It is the philosopher and writer Denis Diderot who is behind this project.
He had the idea of putting knowledge to everyone, multiplying illustrations, at a time when the majority of French people were illiterate. Students of CM2/6ème have pretended to be encyclopedia illustrators.
The children were free to select a category to illustrate on a board. Equipment and symbols of American football teams being the most popular among the boys, dresses, jewelry, and ballet costumes for girls. Drawings were colored with inks using feathers.