Here’s a famous painting discussion class you can use as a warmer, cooler, filler or a springboard for art/ research projects with your EFL or ESOL class.
Download the PowerPoint show here Famous paintings or click the picture.
There are lots of ways to run the lesson and it will work with almost all levels. You’ll differentiate by student response.
1.Straightforward PowerPoint show.
Pair your students and have them read the first two questions. They should ask and answer the same questions for every slide. Walk round and listen to them as they chat.
2. Art Gallery Lesson.
Print off the pictures and stick them up around the classroom. Pair students and get them to walk round the pictures together, asking and answering the same questions from the first slide. Ask them to rank the pictures from the ones they like least to the ones they like most
3. The Research project
After doing the PowerPoint presentation, give students, in pairs, a copy of one of the paintings. Get them to find out as much as they can about both the artist and the picture using the internet. There are stories behind all of these famous pictures that are as important as the pictures themselves. Why is Andy Warhol’s picture of soup cans so important? So what about the Mona Lisa’s smile? Knowing more about these pictures will help your students appreciate them.
Please leave us a comment if you use the lesson.
Here’s the Banksy PowerPoint show https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/banksy.pptx
Many many years ago when I lived and taught in the industrial town of Szolnok, Hungary. Someone wrote a very large bit of graffiti across the bottom of our tower-block. In big, white letters, at least a foot high, the artist wrote ‘I’m still love you’. Ever since then, I’ve been on the look out for incorrect English in graffiti, something with isn’t confined to places that don’t speak English as their first language.
Here’s a PowerPoint presentation for intermediate learners on the much loved and hyped graffiti artist, Banksy.https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/banksy.pptx
I’d highly recommend his website http://www.banksy.co.uk/ and his book ‘Wall and Piece’. Instructions on how to run the lesson are below.
1. Before you start ask students what they think about graffiti in general, do they think it’s art or just vandalism? You might like to talk about any specific bits of graffiti you all know about.
2. Put students into groups or pairs and show them the slide show. Get them to discuss the following questions for each picture.
- Describe the picture to each other?
- Is there anything strange about the picture? What?
- Is the picture trying to tell us anything political
3. When students have seen and discussed all the pictures, go through them again and elict any interesting information from the students. Lots of the pictures ARE political and need quite a lot of explaining.