This interactive lesson that includes both cultural and corss-curricular content is intended to be a follow-up to the lesson: Info Gap - Describiendo Arte ( Art Description Speaking Activity)
. However, it could also stand on its own as a lesson.
In this lesson, students work with a partner or in a small group to speculate about the inspiration behind a famous work of art by a Hispanic artist and write a brief summary of their ideas. Students are then given the true history behind the art work to read about and compare with their interpretations. A guided practice example is done as a whole class using Picasso's Guernica to give students a model for their writing.
When students have finished reading, they are invited to summarize both their interpretation and the true history behind their assigned work and present it to the class.
I used this to practice past tenses and using participles as adjectives, but you could easily shift the focus to emphasize another grammar point or skill (prepositions, adjectives, subjunctive, etc.)
This resource includes:
- A slideshow with a warm-up activity and works of art by 8 Hispanic artists
- Brief summaries of the actual histories and inspiration behind each work of art
All materials are 100% in the target language.
Featured artists: Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, El Greco, Francisco de Goya, Joaquín Sorolla, and Fernando Botero.