Published on February 28, 2014
TEACHING ENGLISH WITH matisse Speaking Activities Based on Matisse Paintings By JORGE SETTE Blog: LINGUAGEM: www.jorgesette.wordpress.com
Correlated to the common european framework of reference Suggested questions based on the paintings are meant as a guideline for revision of grammar, vocabulary and functions. We indicate the language level based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Matisse, Henry Harmony in Red 1908
CEFR – A1 • What can you see in this picture? Use there is/there are. • Name all the colors you see. • Tell us all the words you associate with the color RED. • What do you like about this picture? • Describe a typical day in this woman’s life. • There is a party at her house tonight. What is she going to do to organize it? • What do you like to do when you go to a party?
CEFR – C1 • What do you think about this painting? • What’s your favorite painter? Why? • This woman is throwing a party tonight. Tell us a funny story about a party you went to (think and plan what you are going to say for 10 min, make notes if necessary) • How do you feel about parties in general? How do you like Carnival balls?
Matisse, Henry The Painter’s Family 1911
CEFR – A2 • Describe the picture. • Name all the pieces of furniture you can see in the room (turn this into a contest: pairs or groups: students write the words down first) • Tell us what each person in the scene is doing. • What’s your favorite room in your house? Why? • Describe one person in the painting (the other students try to guess who it is at the end of the description). Extend the game: students describe their classmates).
CEFR – B2 • Make sentences like these (based on the picture): When the woman in black got in the room, the boys were….ing. While the boys were …ing, the woman was…ing. • What does the message the woman is carrying say? • Do you you think she is a maid? Do you have a maid? Do think this is right? Why? • What does your maid usually do? If you don’t have one, what do they often do in other people’s houses?
Matisse, Henry. The Conversation 1908-1912
Cefr – a1 • What can you see in the picture? • What colors can you see in this painting? Do you like them? • Where are these people? • What are they doing? • Ask your partner anything you want to know about the man (pair work: partner makes up suitable answers)
Cefr - b2 • Tell us about the relationship between these two people. • Imagine their history together and tell us. • Write down the dialogue that is taking place right now between these people. Then act it out with your partner. • The woman says: I wish you hadn’t gone to bed so late last night. What else would she complain about. Use I wish you had/hadn’t. If you had…
Matisse, Henry The Ballet Dancer, Harmony in Grey 1927
CEFR – B1/B2 • Describe the painting. How do you like it? • What is the woman like? • Do you have anything in common with this woman? What? • Imagine all the things this woman did yesterday. Now tell us about her activities. • What do you like to do in your spare time?
cefr – c1 • Imagine what this woman’s life is like. Tell us about it. We want to hear all the gossip and details (name, job, dreams, aspirations, history, fears, love life…) • What’s your favorite fictional character (from a movie, book, TV show, play). Tell us about him/her. Why do you like him/her so much? • Think of a celebrity (the other students try to guess who the person is by asking YES/NO questions) • (suggestion: play the movie BLACK SWAN directed by Darren Aronofsky, and continue the discussion on art, ambition, celebrity)
Matisse, Henry. Music 1939
Cerf – a2 • Describe the scene. • What is the relationship between these women? • Tell us what they usually enjoy doing on the weekend. • Can you play any musical instrument? • Can you do anything special? • What is your favorite kind of music? Why? • Tell us about your favorite singer or band.
cefr – b1 • The woman on the left can’t play or sing. She has some regrets. Express them. Use I should have; I should not have; If I had… • Write a dialogue between these two women. Then act it out with your partner (pair work). • Famous musicians are usually well-off. What would you do if you were a famous singer/musician? Give us a lot of details.
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