Art is everywhere. It can be anything or everything, something or nothing for some. Art is also a topic in many books we have to deal with. It can become thrilling or dull depending on how we present it to the class. I recall sharing experiences with colleagues and we thought the artists and pieces of art introduced in the unit weren’t very motivating for people who don’t adore art. By the time, you read this you must think there DO exist ways to stimulate your students. The aim today is only to show you some findings that will interest you and your students as well. In addition, I am sharing a simple lesson plan for a Speaking lesson. I hope you find it useful.
Another Flexible Paper Sculpture by Li Hongbo (at Klein Sun Gallery, NYC) #lihongbo All paper, stretching. by Sébastien Barré on Flickr licensed under
Clear Tape art by Mark Jenkins
AIM: students will be able to talk about art by using descriptive adjectives and by expressing their opinion on pieces of art.
Level: Upper Basic,Intermediate /Contents: Art / Skills: Speaking/ Interaction patterns: pairs,groups
Teaching aids: realis- handicrafts, pictures, drawings (made by the teacher), pictures, video, questions worksheet
1.show students some drawings and handicrafts you have made (don’t make them perfect!). Have sstudents looks at them, touch them. In pairs discuss which they like.
2.Ask students : In your opinion, can my artwork be presented in a museum? Why (not)?
provide some input:
- Do you visit art galleries? why(not)?
- What type of art do you know? ideas on board
- Which artists know do you? elict information.
- What about the following artists? Show pictures.
In pairs discuss the materials and the procedures to make the artwork. Students share ideas with class, clarify if necessary.
4.video: present comprehension questions. Then have students watch and discuss their answers in pairs.
- What do people think when they first see Li Hongbo’s sculptures?
- What can his sculptures do?
- When did his interest in paper begin?
- What inspired him to create his sculptures?
- How many sheets of paper did his man sculpture need?
- Which aspect is important for a sculpture’s balance – depth, width, mass or center?
- What could happen if this aspect isn’t right?
5. Vocabulary: look at the pictures and match with the verbs.
1.Critical Thinking questions:
- Do you believe art is only in art galleries?
- In your opinion, can anybody do art?
- To your mind, what makes someone an artist?
- Do you believe today’s modern artists better than the artists in the past?
- What have the artists we have talked about obtained through their work?
- What have the spectators obtained?
I believe art is something only very skilled people can do. I can do something innovative but it might not look so nice. Besides, if I wanted create something similar to what we saw I would need a lot of practice.
I liked the artwork we saw. Thanks to it I was entertained and it motivated me to continue with my hobbies. Perhaps I create something interesting and I can sell it!
where: streets, houses, parks, people’s bodies,buildings,stadiums, hospitals,restaurnts,salons, etc
what we can get from it :
recognition,fame,money, satisfaction,personal growth, motivation,inspiration, entertainment
it can help :
- learn about yourself,other cultures, other ways of thinking
- your children to eat (food art)
- people to express themselves
- deliver political/social/ecological messages
- teach a subject
- develop skills
We have talked about art. Now think and reflect with your partners: Why is art important?
Extra reading for you or your students:
Groups: Together choose one artist and create a similar piece of art with a personal message. They could also innovate and use their own ideas or mix ideas,too.
Bring it to class or bring the materials and explain:
- your reasons to choose the artist
- the process to create you art
- the message you want to deliver
This lesson plan is simple as you can see. Adapting and improving it depends on you and I am sure there are tons of creative people out there.
I have to thank my students (again) for insipiring me!
Featured image: Brush