Modern Art

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 28, 2023

Modern Art is a great topic for English learners to discuss as it can help them to improve their English language skills. By discussing the various aspects of Modern Art, such as the different styles, techniques, and artists, learners can practice their speaking and listening skills. Additionally, they can learn new vocabulary related to the topic, as well as gain a better understanding of the cultural context of Modern Art.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Modern Art

Modern art is characterised by its use of abstract forms, bright colors, and unconventional materials. It is often seen as a reaction to traditional art forms, such as painting and sculpture, and as a way to express emotions and ideas in a unique way. It can be found in many forms, such as painting, sculpture, photography, and performance art. It is often seen as a way to challenge the status quo and push boundaries. Modern art is a way to express ourselves and to explore the world around us.

Vocabulary Related to Modern Art

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • sculpture (noun)
  • painting (noun)
  • unusual (adjective)
  • vibrant (adjective)
  • create (verb)
  • display (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Would you say modern art is a reflection of the current culture?
  • What do you think are the benefits of modern art?
  • What do you think are the challenges of modern art?
  • Do you think modern art is a valid form of expression?
  • Would you say modern art has the power to change people's perspectives?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of modern art?
  • Should modern art be taught in schools?
  • What do you think are the most important elements of modern art?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.