English is the international language of art and can be read and heard in every art context, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to speak. In this workshop, students are invited to boost their language skills by analysing artworks in the classroom as well as visiting exhibitions and discussing ideas in the museum/gallery context.
Despite the dominance of English in the art world, many people still lack confidence when discussing complex ideas. This four-day workshop using Art English will give participants the opportunity to critically engage with images and exhibitions, discuss theories of art and articulate individual ideas.
The morning session will include classroom-based seminars analysing and exploring topics such as the museum and curating practices, language and art, or portraits and anti-portraits. Here we will look at a diverse selection of modern and contemporary artworks and focus on making logical arguments based on visual or theoretical evidence, defending theoretical positions, using socio-political vocabulary when forming opinions, and identifying the appropriate language for debating and disagreeing. Participants will gather ideas in small teams or individually and later present them to the larger group.
In the afternoon session, language skills will be challenged within the real-world context of a gallery or a museum. It will involve getting to know the Berlin art scene through its galleries and museums, and discussing exhibitions.
By the end of the course students should have:
10:00 – 13:15 Seminar (15-minute break)
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Museum/gallery visit
English level B2 and above
Rosemary Hogarth is a visual artist, English language teacher, and translator based in Berlin. Born in Scotland, she trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art and studied art history and theory at the University of Glasgow. She has been teaching English for over a decade and specialises in interdisciplinary lessons where language and subject matter are given equal weight.