ESL discussion questions about art.

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  1. How often do you go to art galleries? Do you enjoy visiting them?
  2. Do you think art galleries should be free? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like to draw or paint? Would you like to start doing it?
  4. Did you use to enjoy drawing and painting as a child?
  5. What paintings do you have hanging in your house right now?
  6. Would you like to be an artist? Why or why not?
  7. Who is the greatest painter in your country’s history?
  8. Who is the greatest painter in world history?
  9. Who is the greatest living painter?
  10. What do you think about modern art in general? Is it an improvement on the past?
  11. Do you like the work of Picasso?
  12. Do you think painting and sculpture are still relevant in the 21st century?
  13. What would you say is the purpose of art?
  14. What is the difference between a good work of art and a great work of art?
  15. Do you think that a computer program is capable of creating art?
  16. Do cave paintings really count as art?
  17. How important is it that children study art at school?
  18. How much would you be willing to pay for a great work of art?
  19. Do you think that graffiti counts as art? Why or why not?
  20. Do you think that film has replaced painting as the primary visual art form?
  21. Artists are lazy people who try to avoid work at all costs. Do you agree with this?
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How to use the art ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the art ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the art discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the art discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of art in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to art contained in the discussion questions.

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