miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2016

Talking point: Art

This week's talking point is art. Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below so that ideas come to mind more easily the day you get together with your friends and you can work out vocabulary problems beforehand.

Are the pictures below all examples of art? Describe them.
How do you react to them?
(When you finish, you can find out what these pictures really are at the bottom of this post entry)

What paintings, photographs or posters do you have at home?
Which do you prefer painting, photography or sculpture? Why?
Do you have a favourite work of art? A painting? A sculpture? A piece of music? A building?
Where and when did you see/hear it? Make notes describing it and saying why you like it.
When you go to another city, do you usually visit an art gallery or museum there? Why (not)?
When did you last visit one?
What are you supposed to do in a museum?
What is the purpose of art? Or does it, by definition, have no point?
Is it important for governments to promote culture among citizens and invest taxpayers’ money in it? Why (not)?

Everyone is creative in some ways. What creative skills do you have?
In which of the creative arts do you think your country excels?
What performing arts and visual arts can you name?
What is the difference between 'street art' and 'grafitti'?

To illustrate the point you can watch this video on Banksy.

Mother and child by Henry Moore
La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Tracy Emin’s bedroom
Film still from Casablanca
A photograph of an Afghan girl by Steve McCurry
The TGV station at Avignon