Welcome to our Art Course!

Here you will be introduced to some basic concepts of the fine art. Even if you are the complete beginner and you know nothing about paintings or photography, it will help you to explore aesthetics and change your perception, understanding and interpreting the artworks. You will learn the essentials through a variety of creative tasks and visual materials. 

This course can also be used for teaching English as a foreign language.

What is Art?

How Can Art Represent You?

We can trace the beginning of portraiture up to prehistoric times. 

Portraits can represent individuals in different ways. Think of a few words that describe you and come up with a symbol that represents who you are.

What Are Your Associations With the Word "Art"?

Here you have some vocabulary connected with the topic. Can you add any other nouns, verbs or adjectives?












art collection


painting - picture –canvas – piece of art


landscape-seascape-portrait-historical painting – self-portrait



delight, inspiration, admiration



colour tone

subdued tones

light and shade (свет и тени)


– create
– design
– paint
– sculpt

– take a photo
– decorate


delight, inspire,



to mix paints
paint peels 






convey, express



to pose for a painter

  • Amazing  - incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing,extraordinary
  • Awful -     dreadful, terrible, bad, poor, unpleasant
  • Beautiful -   pretty, lovely, gorgeous, splendid, magnificent, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly
  • Bright -  shining, shiny, brilliant, sparkling, vivid, colourful
  • Calm - quiet, peaceful, still, mild,  smooth, composed, unexcited
  • Strange - odd, peculiar, unusual, weird, outlandish, curious, unique
  • Ugly - frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, terrifying

Colours: bright, pale, intense, pastel, soft, pure


Impressions: romantic, lyrical, powerful, charming, original, breathtaking, delightful, inspiring

Delve into the depth of your mind in order to find out what you remember about creativity.

What are your associations with the word "art"?

What Do You Know About Art?

  • Do you like paintings?

-Are you interested in art?

  • Does art change your mood?

-Does art change the way you think or feel?

  • What artists do you know?

-Do you have a favourite artist?

-Would you like to be an artist/famous dancer/actor?

-Do artists earn a lot of money?

  • Does anyone can be an artist?

-or does one need a special talent?

-Are women good artists?

  • Have you ever been to an art gallery?

-Would you like to visit some museums, especially foreign?

  • Do you think graffiti is art?

-Do you like graffiti in your city?

-Do you like modern art?

-Have you ever tried to paint something? And did you try your hand at photography?

Works of Art

A painting or a drawing?

Match the right definitions to the corresponding words
  • a painting
    a picture that someone has painted; an image
  • a drawing
    a picture or design made with a pen, pencil, or other writing tool
  • a watercolour
    paint made of pigment mixed with water
  • a portrait
    a painting, drawing, photograph or sculpture of a person
  • a landscape
    picture that shows a view of an area; scene, panorama
  • a still life
    a painting, drawing, or photograph of the small objects, such as fruit, flowers, and bottles

Match works of art

Let’s check your understanding. Guess whether it is watercolour, portrait, etc.
  • painting
  • drawing
  • watercolour
  • landscape
  • still life
  • portrait



American artist Sarah Spitler displays chaos, catastrophe, disorder and imbalance. She is attracted by these concepts, because they can not be controlled by man.


-the creation of certain color combinations and shapes to evoke a variety of emotions

-you can’t associate with some familiar object

Which one of these paintings represents abstractionism?


Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwrighter


-real objects through crossing shapes, objects

- striking combination of colours


Which of the following pictures represents this style?


Classical art - the art of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the art of the Renaissance and Classicism directly rely on ancient traditions.

-created by famous masters of art. 

Which of the following pictures represents this style?


Emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. 

shows life-like subjects painted in a broad, rapid style, with brushstrokes that are easily seen and colours that are often bright.

Which of the following pictures represents this style?



Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.

- unnerving, illogical scenes 

- strange  objects

- expressing something unconscious

Which of the following pictures represents this style?

Famous artists

Wonderful painters

Three of these people are the famous artists. Can you recognize them? Click on them.

Animal artists

Animals vs people 1

  • cat
  • person
  • dog
  • elephant
Some of these paintings are created by the famous abstract artists. Other - painted by the animals (elephant, pig, dog, cat and monkey). Can you determine what is where?

Animals vs people 2

  • person
  • cat
  • dog
  • monkey

Animals vs people 3

  • dog
  • cat
  • elephant
  • person

Animals vs people 4

  • person
  • elephant
  • dog
  • cat

Animals vs people 5

  • dog
  • cat
  • monkey
  • elephant


Guess the title 1

Think, what are the titles of these works? What title would you give if you were a painter?
What do you see? Is it a person or an animal, or an object? What do you feel while looking at these pictures? What the painter was inspired with? 

Guess the title 2

Guess the title 3