Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Can you paint like Vermeer? A video to watch. English lesson

Johannes Vermeer, or Jan Vermeer was not as well known in his lifetime as he is now. His paintings, however have taken on a life of their own, inspiring books, movies and now a documentary.  One book, imagining Vermeer's creation of the painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring was a glimpse into the daily life of 17th century Delft, Holland. 
This book, Girl with a Pearl Earring, written by Tracy Chevalier was  also made into a movie. 

The latest investigation into Jan Vermeer's life is this new documentary now making the rounds by Tim Jensen.  http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140103-could-anyone-paint-a-vermeer 

Watch the video and then read the text. Be ready to discuss it with your English teacher. 

Key terms. 
Camera Obscura
masterpiece
amateur
collaboration
documentary


Questions
What do you know about Jan Vermeer? 

Have you ever seen a camera obscura? 
Why was this a surprising development in the 17th century? 
What was the usual way of painting in Vermeer's lifetime? 
What was different about his paintings? 
Does the fact that he used "technology" detract from the genius of the paintings? 
Would you like to paint like this?  Do you like to go to museums?  Art Galleries? Why or Why not? 



Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

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