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Masterpieces of Art

Автор: вчитель англійської мови Прядко Жанна Василівна

Вчитель англійської мови Прядко Жанна Василівна

Masterpieces of Art

Visiting Museums of the World

Objectives:

  • to actuate students to communicate and discuss the topic on the basis of learnt lexical and grammar material; to improve their listening, reading, writing and comprehension   skills;
  • to develop the skills of bringing received knowledge to a new communicative situation on the basis of making problem – searching activity;
  • to stimulate learners interest in the subject and develop their aesthetic thinking.

Equipment: reproductions of paintings, grammar talks, information signs – museum rules,

texts about Ukrainian and English paintings, computer, multimedia projector with a screen.

The motor of the lesson:                                           Life is short,

Art is long”.

Hippocrates

Procedure

  1. Introduction

T: Good morning everybody. Sit down please. I am glad to see you again.

Everybody looks wonderful today and I hope you are in good mood, aren’t you?

So today we are going to speak and read about art, museums and masterpieces of art. We shall visit the museums of the world. And also we shall revise our grammar material.

  1. Warming – up

T: By the way, the motto of our lesson is Life is short,

Art is long”.

First of all I would like you to answer my questions:

  1. What exactly is art?
  2. How do you understand the meaning of the word?
  3. Do you agree with your classmate?
  4. Is it important for us to speak about art nowadays?
  5. Why do you think so?
  6. And what is your opinion?

T : Right you are. Art is a creation or expression of something beautiful, especially in a visual form, for example painting or sculpture.

Let’s have a look at the masterpiece “The Dnipro in Autumn”. What do you feel looking at this beautiful painting?

S 1 : I am charmed with the autumn Dnipro.

S 2 : It’s deep blue waters reflect the beauty of the sunny sky and golden trees growing on the river side.

S 3: I can’t help admiring such a beautiful view! The Dnipro has it’s charm even in autumn.

T: I agree with you. A famous Ukrainian landscape painter Shishko showed us how beautiful autumn nature in Ukraine is and how wonderful the main river of our country is.

GROUP WORK

And now let’s focus on conditional sentences.

Divide into three groups and try to work hard in your groups. Your answers will show how well you know grammar material and how creative you are. The more active and creative you are, the better team members you are.

Group 1.Your task is to continue the sentences:

1) If I go to the exhibition hall tomorrow,…

2) If I learn to paint well,…

3) If I don’t get the ticket to the Ukrainian Art Museum tomorrow morning,…

4) If I miss my next English lesson,…

Group 2. Be very attentive and answer my questions:

  • What would you show the tourists in your native town if you were a guide?
  • If you were invited to Taras Shevchenko Museum in Kanev what would you like to see?
  • What would you buy if you had a lot of money?
  • What would you paint if you were a painter?
  • What music would you write if you were a composer?

Group 3.Translate into Ukrainian:

  • If I had had free time yesterday, I would have gone to the Tretyakov Gallery.
  • If I hadn’t had a headache, I wouldn’t have forgotten to take my brushes to school.
  • If I had learned Italian, I would have spoken to this Italian sculptor.
  • If I hadn’t lost my invitation to the exhibition. I would have seen portraits which were created by Taras Shevchenko.

Check on.

T: At our last lesson we spoke about art.

What works of art can you name?

  • S: They are paintings, music, architecture, sculpture, films, ballets, operas…
  • T: Yes, right you are. Thank you.

Your homework was to make up dialogues about different kinds of art. Now we are listening to you.

  • “Hello, Igor! Are you going anywhere special?”

“I’m going to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. There’s an exhibition of French impressionists there.”

“Oh, impressionists, naturalists, surrealists! I don’t understand all those schools in art, I never go to such exhibitions.”

“But you’ll never understand art if you don’t take any interest in it. I don’t like all the modern schools either, but we learn a lot by seeing the world through other people’s eyes.”

  • “Hello, Kate! Where are you going in such a hurry?”

“To the Polytechnical Museum to see the exhibition of earth satellites.”

“The sputniks? Now that’s interesting. Is the entrance free?”

“Yes, it is, but there are always a lot of people who want to go. This evening is organized by our club.”

“May I come with you?”

“I suppose so, if you want to.”

“Of course, I do!”

“Come on then, Sasha. We must hurry or we’ll be late for the beginning.”

  • “Hi, Annie! I haven’t seen you for ages.”

“I know. Time flies, doesn’t it?”

“It’s true. Work as busy as ever, is it?”

“Yes, I’m slaving away as usual, but we’re a bit snowed under at the moment. We’re just about keeping our heads above water, but it isn’t easy. How about you?”

“Ok. Business was bad this time last year, and we really had to tighten our belts, but things have picked up since then. You’ve moved, haven’t you? Where are you living now?”

“We’ve bought an old house in a sleepy little village. You must come and visit us.” By the way, we have two new paintings of a famous Ukrainian landscape painter S. F. Shishko.

“I’d love to see them but we’re a bit tied up at the moment. Does it need much doing to the house?”

“Everything. I hope we haven’t bitten off more than we can chew.”

“You’ll be fine. Anyway, I must dash. Lovely to see you again.”

“And you. Bye.”

  • “Hi, Jenny. You all right?”

“Uh huh. You?”

“Er… yeah. Ok. Listen, Lenny. Are you doing anything tonight?”

“Gosh! Er… I don’t know. Why?”

“Well, I was wondering if you’d maybe… you know… if we could go out somewhere… if you… if you’d like to.”

“Well, er… What did you have in mind?”

“Oh, I don’t know. We could have a bite to eat, or we could go to the exhibition hall. What do you fancy?”

“Well, that would be really nice. We could meet at the monument to Alexaner Pol. What do you think?”

“Ok. Nice idea. What time…?”

                   I think at 5. See you.

T: Thank you. And now open your copy-books and write down the date. On your desks you have the cards with the task. You will do 3 tasks. But remember that you have only 4 minutes.(see the addition)

  • The main part

The theme of our lesson is “Masterpieces of Art”

The motto of our lesson is:

“Life is Short,

Art is Long.”

Brainstorming.

These are the words of Hippocrates. Do you agree with him?

S: As for me I agree with him because art means the study or creation of beautiful things.

T: What do you associate with the word art and masterpiece of art?

Who is your favourite painter?

Where can we see his paintings?

What kind of paintings did he create?

What do you feel looking at his paintings?

Was he a landscape, a seascape or a portrait painter?

Have you ever been to any of worldknown art gallery or museum?

Do you want to visit some of them?

Well, today your dream will come true.

I suggest you to visit famous museums and art galleries of the world.

Students:

  • The day has come at last. It’s too good to be true. I must confess I almost lost all hope to get there.
  • It has been my dream for ages.
  • Better late than never. It’s a good idea.

T: Yes, I agree with you it’s a good idea and I advise you to visit

  • the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

2) the Russian museum in St. Petersburg.

3) the Louvre in France .

4) the National Art Gallery in Ukraine.

(The pupils are divided into groups and receive the cards with the names of the museums.)

T: And now let us imagine that we have entered the Tretyakov Gallery…On the front wall we see some signs and rules. Let’s try to understand and translate them.

REFRESHMENTS

PUT EMPTY CANS HERE

No food and beverages aloud on the Exhibition floor

Facility for the disabled

TELEPHONE

MUSEUM SHOP

RESTROOMS

INFORMATION

NO SMOKIND

CHECKROOM

ELEVATOR

Thank you. I am sure that we shall not get lost.

And now we are in the Tretyakov Gallery. Who will be our first guide?

S: May I?

Welcome to the Tretyakov Gallery. Here you can see the masterpieces of the world culture of different countries and different times.

If you come into the first hall, you will see the paintings of an outstanding artist, a bard of the sea, Aivazovsky.

The early period of his life is presented by such works as “The sea Coast at Night”, “Yalta”, “Old Feodosia” and others.

The romantic period is presented by such masterpieces as “Monastery of St. George”, “Evening in the Crimea”.

The Ukrainian nature has a special place among his creations. “Rushes on the Dnieper”, “Harvest Time”, “Wedding in Ukraine” are his best paintings.

Aivazovsky is the greatest painter. We can hear beautiful music watching his canvases of the sea. He painted calm, radiant sea and showed its magnificence in storm. If you look at the picture “The tenth Wave” or “Rainbow” you will hear the sounds of huge waves, which are rolling from the horizon and you will see the sunbeam reflecting in them.

I am sure that only a real master could paint this boiling, moving, magnificent whirlpool of waves. It’s a living sea. It seams to me that Aivazovsky is the biographer of the sea. He painted 4000 sea canvases.

S2: Let me introduce you Repin’s masterpieces “Volga Boatmen” and “Ivan Grozny and His Son Ivan”.

Repin was a representative of Realism and he wanted to show us the real life of people and historical events of the 19-th century. He did not only paint portraits of people but produced characters.

Have a look at his masterpiece “Ivan Grozny and His Son Ivan”. It was created in 1885. On the dark background you sea two men. They are father and son. They are on the beautiful colored carpet which shows the wealth of the family. But at the same time we see that they are unhappy.

The old man is dressed in black and we see horror in his wide opened eyes because he has realized that his son is killed.

The young man is dressed in light pink clothes and red blood is pouring from his head. The old man’s hand is red of blood too.

On the carpet we see the stick. I am sure that the artist wanted to show the horror of the historical event with the help of these colors. Their eyes really reflect their souls.

  • S3: “As for me I am deeply impressed by the wonderful masterpieces of Repin. And you?”
  • “I think you are right. The expression of the eyes is also very characteristic in the painting “Volga Boatmen””
  • “I agree with you. it seems to me their eyes show suffering and at the same time their will to fight and live.”

“Right you are. And I think that we can see in Repin’s own eyes, in his self-portrait, the soul of a man who sees all of life, who understands his comrades and sees the good and bad in them. All that is necessary to paint such famous canvases.”

T: And now let us imagine that we have entered The Russian Art Museum in St. Petersburg.

We are in the first hall with Repin’s and Shishkin’s paintings.

Who will be our first guide?

– S: May I?

I want to invite you to the Russian Art Museum in St. Petersburg.

I would like to tell you about Repin, an outstanding Russian painter, who was born in Ukraine. He was blood brother of Cossacks. He was interested in their heroic deeds. He came to Zaporozhzhia, Kyiv, Odessa to know more about Zaporozhzhian Cossacks. And as a result of his research he created his masterpiece “Zaporozhzhyan Cossacks Write a Letter to the Turkish Sultan”.

If you look at this masterpiece, you will see Zaporozhzhian Cossacks. They are strong and handsome. They are simple and honest. They are original and legendary. Their eyes and smiles are expressive. They defended Ukrainian people from Tatar and Turkish raids, from Polish and Russian landowners. They didn’t obey anything and anybody. There was nobody in the whole world who felt freedom, equality, fraternity, so deeply, as Zaporozhzhian Cossacks did. They remained free for all their life.

True ore false (Have you understood everything in the right way?)

  1. Zaporozhzhian Cossacks fought against the enemies of Poland.
  2. They did not want freedom, equality, fraternity.
  3. Repin, an outstanding Russian painter, was born in Ukraine.
  4. He was interested in their heroic deeds.
  5. He came to Zaporozhzhia. Kyiv, Odessa to have a rest.
  6. He created the masterpiece “Zaporozhzhyan Cossacks Write a Letter to the Turkish Sultan”.

S2: In the next hall of the Russian Museum you will see the works of a famous Russian landscape painter Shishkin. His pictures “The Forest Cutting” and “The Rye” are real masterpieces. His art is full of love for nature. Look at the picture “The rye” and you will enjoy a beautiful view of the rye field.

What do you think about when you look at this picture?

  • S3: May I answer? I think about the endless Ukrainian fields of golden wheat and rye, about sunny blue sky and beautiful nature about hardworking Ukrainian farmers.
  • And what about the landscape “The Forest Cutting”?
  • Oh, it seems to me the painter wanted to show us the beauty of nature and say that forest cutting is dangerous for our planet. He wanted we to take care of nature. As for me I always enjoy landscape painting because it makes a deep impression on me.

–   Thank you.

T : It seems to me girls that we are in France. And the Louvre Museum welcomes us.

S: Right you are

I’m going to tell you about one of the most famous paintings – Mona Lisa Giaconda. Millions of people all over the world have been admiring it for 5 centuries already. The picture is in Louvre now. The lady is smiling charmingly and mysteriously at the visitors.

But do you know who created this masterpiece?

Yes, you are right. It was Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci was a great Italian artist and talented scientist. He lived and created his masterpieces in the period of the Renaissance. He left us several beautiful paintings as well as his famous notebook with numerous drawings and technical ideas. His work in the field of optics, mechanics and mathematics were truly remarkable and are of great interest to us even now. Leonardo da Vinci was one of the giants of creation not only in the history of art, but also in the history of science. One of his best known pictures is the portrait of Giaconda. The history of this portrait is of great interest.

In the year 1504, Mona Lisa Giaconda, one of the loveliest and influential women in Florence happened to see a miniature painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Mona Lisa was struck by the beauty of the painting. So she decided to have a portrait of herself painted by Leonardo.

As a result, a few weeks later Leonardo began his famous portrait of the smiling Mona Lisa. It took him three years to paint this great masterpiece of art.

Many people from various countries stand for hours before Leonardo’s masterpiece. The colors on Giaconda’s face are so fresh and her smile so lovely. The impression is that the artist has just finished the portrait. It is now in Louvre and two watchmen guard it day and night.

Thank you for attention.

S2: I am sure you are interested in modern painting and it will be interesting for you to learn about Pablo Picasso. On 25 October 1881 a little boy Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso showed his truly exceptional talent from a very young age. His first word was lapis (Spanish for pencil) and he learned to draw before he could talk. He was the only son in the family and very good-looking, so he was thoroughly spoilt. He hated school and often refused to go unless his parents allowed him to take one of his father’s pet pigeons with him!

Apart from pigeons, his great love was art, and when in 1891 his father, who was an amateur artist, got a job as a drawing teacher at a college, Pablo went with him to the college. He often watched his father paint and sometimes was allowed to help. One evening his father was painting a picture of their pigeons when he had to leave the room. He returned to find that Pablo had completed the picture, and it was so amazingly beautiful and lifelike that he gave his son his own palette and brushes and never painted again. Pablo was just 13.

Many people realized that he was a genius but he disappointed those who wanted him to become a traditional painter. He was always breaking the rules of artistic tradition and shocked the public with his strange and powerful pictures. He is probably best known for his “Cubist” pictures, which used only simple geometric shapes. His paintings of people were often made up of triangles and squares with their features in the wrong place. His work changed our ideas about art, and to millions of people modern art means the work of Picasso.

Picasso created over 6000 paintings, drawings and sculptures. Today a “Picasso” costs several million pounds.

  • Thank you for your interesting information.

T: At last we are in Ukraine. We are going to visit Ukrainian Art Gallery.

The guide is greeting us.

S 1: We are glad to meet you and tell you about Ukrainian painters and paintings.

The Ukrainian painting is famous for its beauty and charm. It helps people to love life and enjoy it. At the end of the last century several painting schools were formed in Kyiv, Odessa and Kharkiv. They united such prominent Ukrainian artists as N. Murashko, N. Konstandi, N. Pymonenko, N. Samokish.

Among the modern painters the names of T. Yablons’ka, M. Khmel’ko, V. Yakubych are best known. Canvases by Boichuk, Krainov, Krychevs’kyi, Trokhymenko, Kassian, Shovkunenko, Shyshko, Borodai, Kotska, Hlushchenko, Kashshai are a sheer delight to the eye.

And now I invite you to the hall of the national Art Gallery in Kyiv.

There you will see the works of outstanding Ukrainian painters and you will learn about Taras Grygorovich Shevchenko as a portraitist and about modern Ukrainian painter Tetyana Yablons’ka.

S 2: I’d like to tell you about Shevchenko’s first self-portrait. He painted about 50 self-portraits, but to my mind his first self-portrait deserves a special attention. The first self-portrait was painted in 1840 in oil. It was maid in romantic style. It wasn’t a ready-made scheme, but in original compositional decision. I’m sure this self-portrait stands out from the rest, for it reveals a man of great vital strength, energy and resoluteness.

I must admit that portrait painting was the leading genre in Shevchenko’s work as an artist. Being an industrious pupil of Karl Brullov, Shevchenko opened for himself one greater artist.

It was Rembrandt. Shevchenko often visited the Hermitage and copied the most outstanding works of Rembrandt. In Rembrandt’s paintings he found a mysterious power of light and shadow.

In my opinion women’s portraits take a special place in Shevchenko’s painting. The experts call the portrait of Princess Keikiatova Shevchenko’s best portrait. The bright color scheme of dark blue dress and white lace renders mild golden light. The portrait is suffused with light tenderness and warmth. Shevchenko tried to convey the lyric quality and beauty of his model using the contrasts of bright golden and dark brown colors. This portrait revealed Shevchenko as a great master of psychological insight into women’s inner world.

S 3:I would like to tell you about the famous Ukrainian painter Tetyana Yablons’ka. She was born in 1917 in the city of Smolensk. She was always fond of folk songs and works of folk artists, especially of paintings by Kateryna Bilokur and Maria Primachenko.

From folk master – craftsmen Yablons’ka borrowed a decorative manner, a melodious line and an optimistic world outlook. Her painting “Wedding” (1964) is shown with all the colors of happiness and joy. It is a beautiful example of the artists vision and folklore tradition combined.

Yablons’ka brought renovation in Ukrainian art.

As for me I liked her paintings “Grain”, “Spring” and “Wedding” because they are very colorful and realistic.

T: On your desks there are texts about Ukrainian painters.

Your task is to read information about one of the painters.

Post-reading task

T: 1.Share your opinion with your desk-mate.

  1. Ask him questions about his favourite Ukrainian painter.
  2. Be ready to answer his questions.

SUMMING UP

We study English and thanks to it we have learned much about great painters and their masterpieces of art .Their paintings are so beautiful, that they make us stand and stare admiring the mysterious beauty of nature and people. They make a deep impression on us and lead us to the realm of beauty.

In the conclusion I ‘d like to ask you some questions.

Did you like our visits to imaginary museums and art galleries?

Have you learned any new facts about great painters? What exactly was interesting for you?     What masterpieces impressed you most of all? Why?

Is art important in our life? Why do you think so? Give your brief ideas.

Home assignment

Group A : Speak about the painters and pictures mentioned in the texts you’ve read.

Group B: Make up dialogues about your favourite Ukrainian painters.

Thank you for your active work at the lesson. Your marks are…

  1. 5
  2. 4
  3. 3
  4. 2
  5. 1
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