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Teaching Resource: Artful Illusions

Subject taught
- Art


Type of Product
- e-book

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Student will develop key competences, such as problem-solving, written and verbal communication, and development of creativity.

General aims: - to learn about art, symetry and illusions - to be able to create illusion in art - to know the language associated with optical illusions - to develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills. Linguistic aims: - to read English with ease - to understand content - to learn from written texts - to express opinion - to enable students to understand topic correctly - to develop academic language - to translate words connected with probability in English into the mother tongue using their own words. Subject specific aims: - to familiarise students with the properties of optical illusions in art - to enable students to creat artful illusions Target group age: The e-book is aimed at 9-12-year-old native speakers of English. Therefore, it can be suitable for non-native students of 13-16. This e-book can be used by anyone who wants to develop their creativity in art. Also, the resource is recommended to teachers who want to teach art using English. Level of competence in English (CEFR) B1 Time required to use the resource with the students: The e-book contains 5 chapters with their pwn projects in each so it is recommended to use the resource during 5 lessons. How to use it The teacher should ask the students to read the resource at home before the lesson and then discuss it in class. One of the ideas to use is to create each illusion discussed in the book. “Artful Illusions“ e-book by Mark Shulman and Aki Nurosi is an interesting self-directed learning resource. It is available on website for free; it just requires registering. The resource can be used by teachers as an introduction to the topic of illusions in works of art or it might be assigned to students as a self-studying resource. The main strength of the e-book is clear explanations, lots of visuals and real-life examples. The resource contains a glossary with the most important vocabulary, which will allow students to practice the new terms. In my opinion, this e-book is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students and teachers as it is a very useful resource. It’s another advantage is the possibility to get the definition of each word, just by clicking on it. The resource also contains a list of selected bibliography and useful websites that can be used in and after class.

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