This week's talking point deals with art and culture. Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below so that ideas flow more easily when you meet up with your friends and you can work out vocabulary problems beforehand.
What areas of the Arts do you enjoy? Choose from these items:
photography - theatre - film - visual arts – painting - sketches - illustration - jazz – sculpture - literature - dance - music - ballet - contemporary art - drawing - opera - graphic art
Are the Arts important?
Are you good at drawing or painting?
If so, how did you learn? If not, would you like to learn to paint or draw well?
Who are your favourite artists? Why do you like their work?
Why do you think some people want to become artists? Is it easy to make a living as an artist? Why (not)?
Talk about a recent exhibition or museum you went to.
Do you like graffiti? Do you think graffiti is an art form or vandalism?
How often do you go to the theatre? Do you like watching plays? Why (not)?
What was the last play or dance show you saw? What did you think of it?
Have you ever taken part in a play or dance show?
If so, what was it? Did it go well? If not, would you like to take part in one? Why (not)?
Do you like classical music and opera?
If not, why not? If so, when do you listen to it?
Who are your favourite artists and composers?
Do you think it is true to say that classical music and opera are more popular with older people?
If so, why do you think this is?
To gain further insight into the topic of graffiti or street art you can watch the two videos below.