The so-called universal style, Art Nouveau, is not only a style in arts. It is also something that unified and influenced countries across Europe, especially up to World War I. Over time, it has had a big influence on the course of history.
Created by Nadina Carmen NICOLICI, a Romanian teacher of English, this learning scenario aims to teach students about Art Nouveau from a multi-disciplinary perspective – Arts, History and English.
Discovering Art nouveau
This lesson makes use of the materials in the Europeana Collection about Art Nouveau. The lesson plan includes five activities:
- Warming-up: an activity during which the students will get closer to the topic of the lesson, starting with an informal conversation in English about the link between Art and History;
- Pre-reading and reading: during this activity students will learn about this style in detail. They will also enrich their vocabulary in English with words related to this style; the will be given a text from the Europeana ‘Art Nouveau’ exhibition, giving them an introduction to the origin of this artistic movement;
- Post-reading: then students work in groups and identify the main elements of this artistic style by looking at pictures found on Europeana;
- Analyzing: during which students will create their own presentations and they will interact with their peers;
- An assignment: for which students will search for examples of Art Nouveau in their hometown.
The aims of these activities
The aims of these activities are to:
- Make students understand and analyze the characteristics of this movement;
- Make students aware of the influences this style had across Europe from the 1880s to World War One;
- Enable students to find and identify examples of this art style in their hometown.
The lesson makes use and integrates project-based learning, collaborative learning. It is also a student-centred learning scenario. It will develop and improve students’ 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
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