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Visual Arts, year 2, first semester:
English language course


Main topic : The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts (1768-1836)
Aim : Develop your understanding, speaking and writing skills in English language, while learning about four major painters in the history of British art.

Method : Reading and listening, translation into English, translation into French, and written expression.

Self-service to English grammar: the grammar yellow pages

Follow English courses at the Maison des Langues.



INTRODUCTION
The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts (1768) Going further...
  • Read a historical overview

  • Read from the official website of the Royal Academy about its foundation.

  • Watch a historical presentation of the R.A. :


  • Read about King George 3rd's life.

  • Watch a video about King George 3rd.

  • Read Reynolds's fourteen speeches.


  • PART ONE : Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first President of the Royal Academy.
    Learn about Reynolds Language skills and practise Going further...
  • Read DOCUMENT ONE from the white pages, and do the comprehension exercises.

  • Read my commentary on DOCUMENT ONE : part 1, part 2.

  • Read DOCUMENT TWO from the white pages, watch the video below and do the comprehension exercises.

  • SYNTAX :
  • The subject precedes the verb : exercise.
  • Nothing between the verb and the object : exercise

    AGREEMENTS : singular or plural ? Past or present ? : Read from the grammar yellow pages. Read page one + do the exercises

    ARTICLES : "I like pictures" or "I like the pictures" ? Read from the grammar yellow pages. Scroll down to paragraph 4c + do the exercises.



    PRONUNCIATION : open the Pink Pages, paragraphs 1 to 3.
    For paragraph 2, click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.
    For paragraph 3, click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.
  • Watch a video about the portrait of Captain Foote by Reynolds.

  • Watch a video about x-ray researches on several paintings by Reynolds.

  • Read about The Age of Innocence by Reynolds.

  • Reynolds : self-portrait.

    Reynolds : the Portrait of Commodore Augustus Keppel, in the pose of the Apolo of the Belvedere.

    Apolo of the Belvedere

    Reynolds : Infant Hercules Strangling the Serpents

    Reynolds : Mrs Musters as Hebe

    Reynolds : King George IIIrd
    and Queen Charlotte.

    Reynolds : John Musters

    Reynolds : Lady Catherine Howard

    Reynolds: Francis George Hare as a Child


    PART TWO : Thomas GAINSBOROUGH, the landscape specialist.
    Learn about Gainsborough Language skills and practise Going further...
  • Read DOCUMENT THREE from the white pages, and do the comprehension exercises.

  • Read my commentary on DOCUMENT THREE : part 1, part 2.

  • Watch the video below about The Blue Boy.

  • QUANTIFIERS (revision from year one): learn how to express quantity here

  • Learn more about QUANTIFIERS from the grammar yellow pages. Scroll down to paragraph 4d.

  • An exercise about QUANTIFIERS



  • PRONUNCIATION : open the Pink Pages, at paragraph 4b.
    Click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.

    Open the pink pages at paragraph 4c and watch the video below.
  • Watch a full documentary about Gainsborough.


  • Read more about Gainsborough

  • Find out more about Gainsborough's house in Sudbury.

  • Gainsborough :
    Abel Moysey MP

    Gainsborough :
    Sir Robert Andrews and his Wife

    Gainsborough :
    The Blue Boy

    Gainsborough :
    Peasants and Colliers Going to Market

    Gainsborough :
    The Watering Place




  • Read DOCUMENT FIVE, and do the comprehension exercise.
  • PART THREE : John CONSTABLE, the romantic painter
    Learn about Constable Language skills and practise Going further...
  • Read DOCUMENT FOUR from the white pages, and do the comprehension exercises.

  • Read my commentary on DOCUMENT FOUR : here.

  • Watch the video below about Constable.

  • Learn more about AGREEMENTS from the grammar yellow pages. Read section 1 and do the exercises.

  • Learn more about the PAST TENSE from the grammar yellow pages. Read sections 3A - 3B - 3C - 3D and do the exercises.

  • PRONUNCIATION : open the Pink Pages.

    Go to paragraph 4d and click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.

    For more practise, visit the pageWord stress on suffixes 2

    Go to paragraphs 4e and 4f and click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.

    For more practise, visit the page Word stress on suffixes 3 and Word stress on suffixes 4
  • Watch a conference talk about Constable by Mark Evans, curator at the Victorian and Albert Museum, London, 2012.


  • Read more about Constable


  • Constable : Glebe Farm

    Constable : The White Horse

    Constable : a sketch of Hadleigh Castle

    Constable : Hadleigh Castle

    Constable : Cloud Study

    Constable : Cloud Study in Hampstead

    Constable : Rainstorm Off the Coast at Brighton


    PART FOUR : William TURNER, the vanguard visionary
    Learn about Turner Language skills and practise Going further...
  • Read DOCUMENT SIX from the white pages, and do the comprehension exercises.

  • Watch my video about Turner, a vanguard visionary.



  • Read DOCUMENT SEVEN, and do the comprehension exercise.
  • Learn more about MODAL AUXILIARIES from the grammar yellow pages. Read section 3f and do the exercises.

  • AGREEMENTS : singular or plural ? Past or present ? : Read from the grammar yellow pages. Read page one + do the exercises

  • PRONUNCIATION : open the Pink Pages.

    Go to paragraph 4h on page 5 and click here. Listen, note the word stresses and repeat.
  • Watch a video commentary about WIlliam Turner

  • Watch the trailer of Mr Turner by Mike Leigh (2014)


  • Watch a video commentary about Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and the Dying


  • Take the Turner QUIZ.


  • Turner : self portrait

    Turner : Fishermen at Sea

    Turner : Dido Building Carthage

    Claude Lorrain : Seaport with the disembarking of the Queen of Sheba

    Turner : San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

    San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

    Turner : Grand Canal

    Turner : The Houses of Parliament on Fire

    Turner : Staffa, Fingall's Cave
    Fingall's Cave is located on Staffa island (Scotland)

    Turner: Rain, Steam and Speed

    Turner : Shade and Darkness, the Evening of the Deluge

    Turner : Light and Colour, the Morning after the Deluge

    Turner : The Fighting Temeraire
    (commentary by T. Kempf)

    Turner : Snowstorm

    Turner : Peace - Burial at Sea

    Turner : Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and the Dying