Topic: Art & Painting


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Art & PaintingFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Abstract art a form of art that expresses ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors and lines without attempting to create a realistic picture
Impressionism a style of painting that uses spots of color to show the effects of different kinds of light, and that attempts to capture the feeling of a scene rather than specific details
Cubism a style of art in which objects are shown as a group of geometric shapes and shown from many different angles at the same time
Pop Art a style of art in which common objects (such as road signs, hamburgers, comic strips, or soup cans) are used or shown
Auction a public sale at which things are sold to the people who offer to pay the most
MoMA Museum of Modern Art
Magnum opus the greatest piece of work that an artist, a musician, or a writer has produced
Oeuvre all the books, films, paintings etc that a particular person has produced
Objet d’art an object that is mostly for decoration but is also considered a work of art
Fine art objects such as paintings and sculptures that are created to be looked at because they are beautiful or interesting. Fine art is different from crafts or art that has a practical use.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Describe your favorite work of art.
  2. Do you like to visit art museums? Describe your last visit.
  3. What type of art do you prefer? (e.g. styles, techniques, themes, etc.)
  4. Do you listen to what art critics say? Why or why not?
  5. Do you like modern art? Why or why not?
  6. What do you think is the best way to appreciate a piece of artwork?
  7. Do you think some artwork is superior to others?
  8. Do you think imitation in art is wrong?
  9. Do you think photography can replace painting? Why or why not?
  10. Salvador Dali said, “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Do you agree? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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