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  • Hey, guys.

  • You know what?

  • I was, I just had a class with a student this morning, and he made a request, a student in our course, because I only teach them, but he made a request for a couple more vocabulary videos.

  • So, if you're watching, student, you know who you are.

  • Thank you for the request.

  • So, today, we're talking about vocabulary to describe a work of art.

  • Now, guys, you know that you have to really broaden your horizons in your IELTS preparation, in order to be ready for anything.

  • And I am certain that describing a work of art is difficult for a lot of you out there.

  • It's even difficult for a lot of native speakers, okay?

  • So, guys, include this in your study plan.

  • Choose a museum.

  • It'd be cool if it was a museum in the city you wanted to live in or where you live now.

  • Go to the museum's website.

  • Choose one work of art.

  • And then, look that up.

  • Look up that specific painting, or sculpture, what have you.

  • Look it up on Wikipedia, any resource.

  • Just read a description of it, okay?

  • That's how you're going to get really comfortable in the language, the tone, the vocabulary we use to discuss this very specific topic.

  • Okay, so, let's get into my recommendations for some vocabulary, here.

  • Um, all right.

  • So, first of all, if you're describing a sculpture, some things you might say, "a marble bust."

  • So, marble is a material, like a stone material, um, and, very expensive, and heavy.

  • And, a bust is like from the hips to here.

  • Okay?

  • That is a bust.

  • So, that is a marble bust.

  • I looked at one just an hour ago when I was preparing this.

  • Um, and, the description for this piece was, "It is elegant."

  • Okay?

  • This word, it, it's like a graceful, flowing appearance, okay?

  • I like graceful, as well, as an adjective.

  • You can also describe a work of art as "restrained".

  • Now, this, it's simple, right?

  • There's not a lot, there's not tons of, like, fancy detail or additional, decoration, okay?

  • So, restrained.

  • Um, if you're describing works of art that are from a classical period, or either, or might mimic that style, you could say it has a "classical sensibility".

  • So, that means it looks like a traditional work of art.

  • That could, anything, guys, sculpture, film, paintings, okay?

  • I love that phrase.

  • Now, describing it more specifically, right?

  • The materials, like marble; paintings are often oil on canvas.

  • So, in your description of a work of art, knowing the material is very helpful, right?

  • It completes the details.

  • Um, sometimes, you might see a "mural".

  • This is, uh, fantastic.

  • A mural is a huge piece.

  • You can see them outside.

  • They cover whole walls.

  • Inside museums, as well, something that covers the whole wall.

  • I am thinking specifically of one of my favorites, the Guernica from Picasso.

  • So, I looked that up on Wikipedia, and that gave me some ideas for vocab, today, so I encourage you guys to read that article, as well.

  • Important historical piece.

  • Guys, if you are wondering about any of my vocab, remember, look below the video.

  • I type it all out for you guys.

  • Okay, um, another phrase, which is nice, "It utilizes a palette of..."

  • So, palette is like the range of colors, right?

  • So utilizes a palette of grays and blacks.

  • We normally colors aren't pluralized, but in this phrase, they are.

  • Um, okay, another adjective, you could describe it, any piece, as "moving".

  • If it made you feel something, okay, it is moving.

  • And last one, I love this one.

  • If you're describing what you see in the painting, you could say, "Prominent in the composition is ..." is a woman and her child, whatever.

  • So, that's a great way to introduce what you actually see in the photo or painting.

  • Okay, guys. So, please, write down some of this vocab.

  • Practice using it, but most of all, I encourage you to start your own research into art.

  • Guys, all these, all the famous museums have, like, virtual tours you can take.

  • Just choose a couple pieces that strike you and research them.

  • Okay, guys. Thank you so much for watching, today.

  • And remember, you can become one of our students by going to

  • All right, guys, thanks for watching.

  • I'll see you next time.

Hey, guys.

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    Jessieeee posted on 2019/04/04
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