After the end of the winter holiday we have started a new lesson today in our first English class this year 2009 at Escuela Oficial de Idiomas. The matter is Art. Grammar subjects in lesson 5 are narrative tenses and past perfect continuous. Functional language subject is evaluating. We are going to learn vocabulary about Art -ever words and phrasal verbs. We are going to learn the pronunciation of long vowels. And to write a review.
However, I’ve found out references about Dr Alexander Graham from Witwatersrand University who is the main character of the video clip. The clip features the research of Prof. Graham within the Thermal Biology & Energetics Research Programme in the ESRG Group at the University. We learned how they did the research in the field about Southern African snakes (i.e Pythons) using high technology devices to collect the physiological information and locate the animals.
Word List (from p. 55 Student’s Book)
collection (noun countable)
dealer (noun countable)
exhibition (noun countable)
landscape (noun countable)
mural (noun countable)
patron (noun countable)
portrait (noun countable)
sculpture (noun countable)
self-portrait (noun countable)
sill life (noun countable)
The words which are underlined are considered the most common basic words. I would add also the word painting as a basic word. And in a dialogue in class where our teacher Gemma asked us about our art preferences another words came up like seascape paintings (i.e marinas)
Exercise 1: Complete the questions with a word from the box:
abstract – collection – dealers – exhibition – landscapes – patrons – sculptures
1 Which gallery or museum in your country has the largest ___collection___ of fine art?
2 Are there any large ___sculptures___ or murals in the streets an squares of your town?
3 Who is the most famous painter in your country? Was he/she a figurative or an ___abstract___ artist?
4 Who are the most famous ___patron__ of the arts in your country?
5 In which part of your town you can find private galleries and art ___dealers?
6 What was the last art ___exhibition___ that you went to?
7 In general, do you prefer ___landscapes___, still lifes or portraits?
Exercise 2 Work in pairs. Ask and answer the questions in exercise 1.
So we did.
1 Museo del Prado in Madrid
2 There are some figurative and landscape paintings in the walls of some buildings I’ve seen recently. There are also a lot of Graffiti in some walls throughout the city.
3 Spain has quite a few famous painters: Goya, Velazquez, Picasso are some of the most known, not only in Spain but in the rest of the World.
4 Financial institutions, national and local governments are the patrons of the arts in Spain.
5 There are few places in Santander where you can go visit exhibitions or sell or buy works of art. The first name I can think of is Galeria Siboney.
6 I can’t even remember the last time I went to an art exhibition. I’m ashamed of myself :(
7 I prefer seascapes. I also like portraits.