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  • Using art in the classroom: Introduction

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Print material

    In this introductory article to his series, Jamie Keddie talks about reasons for using art in the classroom, along with anticipated problems, and gives tips and suggestions for successfully integrating art into your communicative language lessons.

  • Using art in the classroom: Part 1: Using art at face value

    Author: Jamie Keddie Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Article, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In the first part of his series on using art in the classroom, Jamie Keddie looks at making use of the aesthetics and content of a piece of artwork to generate language. He gives an example lesson plan that looks at using adjectives to describe several pieces of art by the same artist, Marc Chagall.

  • Using art in the classroom: Part 2: Art stories

    Author: Jamie Keddie Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In the second part of his series on using art in the classroom, Jamie Keddie examines the stories behind pieces of art with two sample lesson plans. The first lesson practises passives, while the second incorporates listening and text reconstruction activities.

  • Using art in the classroom: Part 3: Focus on the artist

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In the third part of his series on using art in the classroom, Jamie Keddie concentrates students' attention on the artists behind the masterpieces. His example lesson plan includes ideas based on artists’ quotations, interviews, photographs and biographies.

  • Using art in the classroom: Part 4: Concepts, themes and issues

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In the fourth part of his series on using art in the classroom, Jamie Keddie focuses on concepts, themes and issues. The three lesson ideas include using a video, a newspaper article and a slideshow to get the students involved in discussing art.

  • Using art in the classroom: Part 5: Personal perspectives and interpretation

    Author: Jamie Keddie Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In the fifth part of his series on using art in the classroom, Jamie Keddie focuses on personal perspectives and interpretation. The lesson ideas include an activity to practise critical thinking, a mental picture dictation, writing an evaluation of a piece of art and talking about 'bad' art.

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