UNIT 7. THE WORLD OF PAINTING
Цілі: вдосконалювати навички усного мовлення й читання; розвивати культуру спілкування й мовленнєву реакцію учнів; виховувати естетичний смак і загальну культуру учнів.
Put up the modern art prints all around the classroom. Then ask your students to write down their thoughts about the art they have just seen. Once they have done this, go around the class and ask each student to make a brief statement about their impressions of the art prints. You can hear: I could paint that! A child could do that. What is it? What does it mean? It’s so simple. That’s not art!
Some ideas for discussion:
1) The price of these works and why they are so expensive.
2) Is it art? Why or why not? What is art? What’s the point?
3) Is it worthwhile?
4) How do these paintings compare to art in the students’ own cultures?
5) Which ones do students like? Dislike? Which are the strangest?
3. Writing and speaking
► Practise the vocabulary.
Each group collectively generates a list of 10 words to describe the paintings in general, consulting a dictionary when needed. Challenge learners to find the most descriptive words they can. Each group then chooses what they consider to be their two most original words and explains them to the class. The word lists are posted around the room for the duration of the unit for easy reference.
► Work in pairs.
Tell about the artists and their paintings. (Checking the homework)
Listen to a piece of information about Andy Warhol and answer the questions.
1) What is Andy Warhol famous for?
2) When and where was he born?
3) When did he start drawing?
4) What did he study in the institute?
5) What was the reason to move to New York?
6) Why was he unhappy there?
7) What trend made him famous? Why?
8) What can be depicted on pieces of Pop Art?
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928. Andy was born with a natural talent for art. His mother encouraged him with his drawings. His teachers thought he had such a good talent for art that he should go to weekend art class. When his family saved enough money to send Andy to art college, he went to Carnagie Institute of Technology, where he studied design and illustration. That’s where he developed his unusual art style.
When he graduated from school he went to New York City for a job. He got jobs doing magazine illustrations, decorating department store windows, greeting cards, record albums, book covers, and suns, clouds, and raindrops for television weather reports. He still was not satisfied because he was not famous.
His friend suggested he draw every day items. This was called Popular, or Pop Art. Now, that made him famous! Being famous was his dream. People liked his pictures because they were bright, attractive, and familiar. Warhol liked getting peoples ideas for new drawings.
He also tried making films. One of his films was a man sleeping for six hours. Warhol died in 1987. By that time, he was a famous artist. His artworks made people think of the important, everyday things in their lives. His famous works are Campbell’s soup Can, 100 soup Cans, money
1) Have your attitudes towards modern / contemporary art changed in any way?
2) For example, do you like it more / less?
3) Do you understand it better?
4) Do you think it is worthwhile or not?
5) Does it make you think?
SOME IDEAS-IN-BRIEF ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART
✵ It is a form of communication.
✵ It says something. It’s not just pretty.
✵ It takes into account our senses.
✵ It reflects society.
✵ It gives meaning or new understanding to the world.
✵ It begins inward and moves outward.
✵ It is the spirit of the time.
✵ It’s about making statements.
✵ We know it is art by the discussion it generates.
✵ If it transmits a point or message, it is art.
✵ We need to understand the context within which the art has emerged to understand it.
✵ It makes you think.
✵ It is open to interpretation.
✵ Understanding modern art is like learning a new language.
✵ Contemporary art is the art of our times.
Research an artist or a work of contemporary art (from our country) and write a short report using the following layout:
✵ Name of artist:
✵ Description of the work:
✵ Your response to the work: