Teaching Ideas about Art and English
Last year I started teaching in a secondary school where students specialize in Art, Drawing, Fashion and Media studies. In the Italian school system it has been classified as " Liceo Artistico" and this implies that our learners are involved in learning about Art and usually love Art.
I have always been a lover of Art and ever since I started studying Art at secondary school I continued learning about it.
As our school system has been reformed we are working on new methodologies and competences. Teaching Art implies working on images, scultures, and architecture. In the final year of the secondary school our learners will have to be able to use English in learning about some school subjects they are doing. They can do this if they can use the language correctly both in writing and in speaking and if their teachers are competent in English.
Teachers of English do not teach these subjects but they can help teachers of the other subjects in teaching their subjects in English.
The term which has been introduced to define this type of teaching in English of the content of other subjects is CLIL.
There are many sources online dealing with CLIL. Last year and also in 2017 I could do the EVO sessions about CLIL and we were provided with lots of websites and tips. Most of the teachers who did them were teachers of other subjects , only a minority were teachers of English.
Here are some weblinks and important documents which we can use to introduce the language which is related to the topics the students will learn about. The team of teachers working with students will share the content, the language input and the tasks or projects which need to be done in order to work in English.
Most documents are in English and students can read them, work on the comprehension and also listen to them. A B1+ or B2 level in English should be required but I think it is important to start learning in English and getting the students interested.
This is an important blog with lists of websites that can be usef by teachers.
The online community is now sharing ideas and tips. It would be better to find more ideas about English and Art but I am sure we will find more materials.
Sources for images
It is important to choose the right images and check if they are copyrighted. Here you can find links to images about art which you can use if you provide the link to the owner of the images, for ohers which are not protected by Copy Right you do not need to provide the name.
Public Domain image
Public Domain image
WikiArt is an important project where you can find a lot of images and most of these are now in thre Public Domain. Check the images online and you will find the information on the website
This is an important website which offers over 1,500,000 images. They are all free and you can download them and use them freely.
Images can be used for introducing a topic or for working on the language required in describing a place, a paintings and for using English in a less controlled task.
I have used many images from this website as they are good quality and you can use them in students' presentations with Padlet or Thinglink.
We can find a lot of interesting presentations about painters and their works: here is a presentation about Van Gogh
Degas and the French Impressionists
An American in Paris: Mary Cassat
Some of the most important museums have their channels: you just need to check them.
The National Gallery of Ireland : Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/ngireland
This website offers interesting podcasts for listening exercises - most are related to Art or
the history of Ireland. It is worth trying!!
Today many socialnetworks deal with Art and there are a lot of groups online. I like Twitter as they try to promote special events and some museums and art galleries can enhance our learning about Art as they promote events which can also be found on the Intternet later. If you are abroad you can take advantage of such information to get to know more about special events.
Van Gogh painted 'A Wheatfield, with Cypresses' in September 1889. It is one of three almost identical versions of the composition. pic.twitter.com/3RtXF2hUlc— National Gallery (@NationalGallery) 29 luglio 2017
The colours and sinuous shapes of this landscape by Matisse are typical of works of the Fauves, a group of artists working at this period. pic.twitter.com/2rihCFoQDy— National Gallery (@NationalGallery) 1 agosto 2017
Finally ,I would like to remind you about the importance of Google with its Project - Google Art:
I happened to check it and I visited a lot of interesting places !
My advice is very simple: try working on some images and choose some videos and you will
start working with Art in your classes.