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RU F23 ADV Russian art, paintings

Class theme/topics discussed: Russian art, paintings.

Goals of the class: to familiarize the Ss with some of the most prominent examples of Russian art, to talk about art and art preferences in general, to learn vocab related to art.

How did you structure the class? To begin with, I put 9 wooden letter cubes in front of the Ss, for them to assemble a word ИСКУССТВО (art). I introduced the topic and asked them to discuss these questions in pairs: 1) Do you like art? 2) What do you already know about Russian art? After that we proceeded with the PowerPoint about the types of art: landscape, still life, portrait. We talked about them for a while and then I gave the Ss 5 most well-known paintings that I printed out. Their task was to imagine that they were IN the painting; they had to discuss each painting in pairs- 1) what they could see, 2) what was happening around them, 3) what emotions those surroundings evoked and 4) whether they liked being in there or not. After the discussion I gave them the names of the paintings to do the matching. Then each of them chose a painting they liked most and had to do the same task as my INT student- find more information about the painting (who was the artist, when the painting was created, 1 fact about the artist and 2 facts about the painting). I did the same thing with the 1 painting that was left. When everyone was done and we all exchanged information, we arranged the info and the pictures on the bulletin board and thought of a name for our gallery – Oldenborg gallery   So, after the gallery was created, we talked a bit more about the most famous Russian gallery in Moscow, in which all of our paintings are stored, and the CC was over.  

What technology, media or props did you use? (Internet resources, handouts, etc.)

PowerPoint, whiteboard, printed out paintings, markers and pencils, sheets of paper.

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The topic was great! The Ss did not know much about Russian art at the beginning and were willing to learn more. Also the general vocab about art was useful.

How could this class be improved/ modified? Since I already had this same idea at the previous CC with my INT student, I have modified the lesson a little already. This time I feel that it was smoother.

FR F23: Lesson Plan – La peinture en France !

Activity 1: What is your favorite painting? Explain why.

Activity 2: imagine you are an art critic in a museum and analyze the paintings displayed in the classroom :

Claude Monet, Les Nymphéas

Jean-Antoine Watteau, Le Pèlerinage à l’île de Cythère

Auguste Renoir, Les Deux Sœurs

Give your opinion and debate with the class!

Activity 3: Watch the following video and answer questions :

FR INT/ADV S23 French Museums and Arts

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

This lesson can take between one to two hours depending on the activities you choose to do. It is better to take more time doing each activity and thus to dedicate 2 classes to this lesson

Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe different French museums and their collections while learning French vocabulary related to art.


– Computers or tablets with internet access

– Pen and paper


– The teacher introduces the topic of the lesson by showing pictures of famous French artworks or landmarks such as the Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, or the Palace of Versailles. The teacher asks the students if they recognize any of them and what they know about them.

Presentation / activity 1:

– introduce various French museums such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, and the Musée Picasso, and explains their collections and history. Show pictures of the museums and explain where they are located in France.

– introduce vocabulary related to art such as peinture (painting), sculpture (sculpture), exposition (exhibition), artiste (artist), and œuvre d’art (artwork), etc.

Activity 2:

– divide the class into pairs or small groups of 3 and assign each group a French virtual museum to explore. The museums can be found on websites such as Google Arts & Culture or the museums’ official websites.

– provide a worksheet with questions for the students to answer while exploring the museum. The questions should include specific artworks or collections to look for and descriptions to write.

– encourage the students to use the vocabulary they learnt in class to describe the artworks and to write short paragraphs in French.


– ask each group to present their findings and to show pictures of the artworks they have explored.

– lead a discussion on the different museums and their collections, and ask students to share their favorite artwork or museum.

– review the vocabulary and encourage the students to continue practicing by exploring more French museums or by watching French documentaries or films about art.

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