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Advanced ELL Activities

Use the following artworks and activities to build your students' comprehension, speaking, and writing skills.

Judith Leyster, Self-Portrait, c. 1630, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 1949.6.1

Reading Comprehension Activity: Read information about the life of artist Judith Leyster. What facts about her life interest you most? Explain why. How can you relate what you know about her life now with her expression in this self-portrait? 

Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Evening, 1939, oil on canvas, John Hay Whitney Collection, 1982.76.6

Listening Comprehension/Speaking ActivityWatch a video about the life of American artist Edward Hopper. Write down five interesting facts about Hopper from the video and share with a partner. Compare your choices.

Arshile Gorky, The Artist and His Mother, c. 1926-c. 1942, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1979.13.1

Reading Comprehension/Writing Activity: Read about the life of artist Arshile Gorky on the National Gallery of Art website. After reading his biography, select three facts about it that you find interesting. Write a paragraph and share it with a partner.