William Blake: Visionary

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 December 2019 > Ready to Use Shine Bright Lycée

The Tate Britain exhibition on William Blake explores this talented 19th century artist whose poems and paintings are strikingly modern and pregnant with meaning. Differentiated activities from A2+ to B2 will allow you to add Blake to a sequence on the Gothic or the Romantic movements, for example Shine Bright 1ère Advanced File 1 “Freaky dreams”.

The Tate’s website offers a rather thorough insight into the artist’s world and- depending on your students’ level and interest- you may find it relevant to explore more than offered here, ie explore the “ Blake’s London” or the “Blake’s cast of characters” pages.

Here are two worksheets to help your students -no matter what their level is- to get a glimpse of the artist’s work. The articles and activities range from an A2+level to a B2+ level, all on the same artist.

Vocabulary and structures

  • Art in museums: curator, exhibition
  • Religion & faith: God, angels, ..
  • Vocabulary for analysing: it implies, suggests, it is reminiscent of…
  • 19th-century society: machinery, industries, industrial revolution…
  • Linkwords: contrast (whereas, yet…) and paradox (however...);
    • cause (as, because…) and consequence (that’s why, therefore…)
    • adding ideas: moreover, what’s more, furthermore
  • Past / preterite
  • Voicing your opinion: In my opinion, I find it…
  • Expressing surprise/ admiration: What a … , It’s so… + adjectives (amazing, puzzling, disruptive…)

William Blake
Tate Britain
Till 2 February 2020