Intensive Advanced 2

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Advanced 2. What is art? / Art and education

What is art? If you want to know more about contemporary art, have a look at this article. Click here.
Art and education: Museums. Read the article (click here) and answer the following question (leave a comment below): What museum(s) would you recommend that your classmates should visit?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Advanced 2. Art vocabulary lesson

Watch the videos and practise. Click herehere and here.
English vocabulary for museums. Click here.

Advanced 2. Conditional sentences.

Click here and watch the video on "if clauses". The video is about the different types of sentences and provides exercises too.
Now you can do the exercises:
Zero conditional. Click here.
First conditional. Click here.
Second conditional. Click here.
Third conditional. Click here.

In case you need extra practice... Click here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Advanced 2. The Impressionists.

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Transcript:
French Impressionism began in the 1870s and lasted for about 20 years before it faded away to newer more modern trends in painting. The story of French Impressionism begins in 17th-century Paris, France. With a group of art critics known as the Salon Jury, named for a grand room in what is the Louvre museum and a former residence of the kings of France.
The Salon Jury hosted an annual art showcase for aspiring painters. Artists from all over Europe were encouraged to demonstrate their talents by exhibiting their finest works of art. The Salon Jury determined whether or not the work was exceptional. Appropriate subjects considered by the Jury included history, such as an ancient battle, a revolution or a major figure like Napoleon Bonaparte, religious subjects were also appropriate, especially if they focused on the life and time of Jesus or, say, the Last Supper before his crucifixion.
Lastly, Greek and Roman mythology was a time-honoured subject of many a painter with subjects like Oedipus Rex, Pandora’s Box, the hero Perseus and his slaying of Medusa or something minor, like the messenger god Hermes. Paintings followed other rules too. They were not to show any brushstrokes and only to display fine rich details that added meaning and value to a painting story. The rulers were tough. In 1863 alone about 60% of the paintings submitted to the Jury’s annual art show were rejected for being unsuitable for exhibition.
In 1874 a group of several painters did not follow these rules and they were ridiculed as being odd and bizarre. Those art pioneers were sneered at and snubbed by the established art world. Together these artists became known as the Impressionists, based in part on Claude Monet’s 1872 paining “Impression: Sunrise”. At the annual art show, in 1874, the Impressionists boycotted the Salon and established their own Impressionist exhibition.
Impressionists broke the rules of painting. When completed, their paintings displayed short choppy brushstrokes and they had a blurry unfinished sketch-looking quality to them. Many Impressionists painted hastily because they wanted to capture the first impression made by a scene or object, and wanted to capture the uniqueness of any given moment that caught their artistic eyes.


They painted a wide array of subjects, from landscapes, modern life, everyday life in Paris, bars and cafés, barmaids, middle-class activities and of course outdoor life. The Impressionists accomplished their artful tasks beyond their usual art studio by creating three innovations to help them paint out of doors. They invented the easel, the palette and tubes of paint. The world of art underwent a major change in the late 1800s with the conflict between the Salon Jury and the Impressionists because they aspired to be creative and felt hindered by some very outdated rules for painting. The French Impressionists broke the rules for painting and paved the way for the modern styles, art styles of the 20th century. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Advanced 2. Picasso

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Transcript: 
Picasso. The early years.
Picasso lived in A Coruña for 5 years. That period saw the end of his childhood and his early teenage years when he no longer felt like an apprentice and became a young artist. His character was built from the memories of his everyday life at his home at number 14 Rúa Payo Gómez. The sadness of his sister’s death, his first love, his hard lessons with this father at the School of Fine Arts and his first exhibit. A thousand emotions and a unique existence.
Essential works, such as “Barefoot Girl”, considered by many as the artist’s first masterpiece, the precursor of the blue and rose periods.


120 years later, A Coruña retrieves the memory and the vision of a genius through the exhibit “Picasso, the early years. A Coruña 2015” at the Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibit with over 200 pieces, a journey through 80 works by Picasso, an international event that shows the origin and evolution of the genius

Advanced 2: Why Is Modern Art So Bad?

Do you like modern art? Some people would probably say "no". Listen to what an expert has to say. Click here.

Advanced 2. Graffiti and street art.

Click here, read the text and do the true/false exercise at the bottom.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Advanced 2. Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling

Here you can find an article about the pros and cons of homeschooling and traditional schooling. If you click here, you can also see the video that goes with the article.
To see more videos, click here and here.