Procedure (63-80 minutes)
Introduce the concept of art to the class.Ask students to list me names of famous artists they know. Then ask them what they know about the two artists were learning about which are Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Direct students attention to two paintings and ask them about what is the same, they should recognize that their both paintings by Picasso. Do the first question in open class, encourage the students to say more than it's a woman. You can say she is sitting, she isn't smiling, she has dark hair, she looks serious, she's on a chair,
Explain to the students that they will hear someone explaining the two differences between the paintings. Play the recording once and ask what differences the speaker sais. Then play it again and ask students if they can hear stressed words. this is a little bit hard so play the recording again if necessary. or say the sentences yourself with exaggerated stress on the words. You can say in the first picture the woman looks quite old, but in the second picture the woman looks quite young. In the first picture the woman has one nose, but in the second picture the woman has two noses. Play the recording again and make sure the students are putting stress on the key words.
Go through the useful phrases with the class, drilling them for pronunciation and clarifying anything they don't understand. Students now discuss the differences between the pictures in more detail. Monitor making sure that they are stressing the key words to show the differences. In the first picture ....., whereas but in the second picture.... The colours are bright/ dark and rich.... The style is modern/simple / complicated / realistic.... The mood is calm / disturbing / harmonious.....
Ask students to answer the questions and tell you what they know about the artist. This will probably go quite fast, but it's alright. They will find out more in reading.
Ask students to read the text once quickly. When they have finished tell them to try and do exercise 1 with a partner. They then refer back to the text and check their answers. Matisse is French, born in 1869, died in 1954, personality was self-assured and reserved which is slow to reveal emotions and opinions, uncommunicative. Picasso was Spanish, born in 1881, died in 1973, his personality was passionate which he loved something a lot, decisive which is able to decide quickly, and ambitious which is the determination to achieve success in something.
Play the recording for the students to listen as they read the text again, making notes about the questions. They then check in pairs. 1. They met in Paris in 1906 when Matisse was already a successful artist and Picasso was at the start of his career.. 2. Matisse inspired Picasso to use color. Picasso inspired Matisse to experiment with style. 3. Special and creative people thought they were rivals but they said their disagreements were friendly. 4. He continued to refer back to Matisse in his work.