Opinions on art

Art vocabulary/ Giving opinions

Give your opinion on some art, an art style, a particular artist etc, for example by choosing one of the topics below, and see if your partner agrees.

Possible opinions on art topics

A (so-called) masterpiece/ A work of genius

A particular gallery, e.g. The Museum of Western Art in Tokyo or MOMA in New York

A shocking piece of art

Abstract art such as Abstract Impressionism, e.g. Jackson Pollock’s dripping paint

An overrated artist or artwork

Art based on ancient myths

Art fairs such as biennales

Art mixing local and international styles

Art Nouveau

Art prizes such as the Turner Prize

Auction prices of art

Baroque art such as Bernini’s statue of Saint Teresa

Black and white photography such as Robert Doisneau’s couple kissing in the street

Blockbuster shows



Byzantine art



Charcoal drawings

Classical sculpture, e.g. the Venus di Milo


Colour photography

Conceptual art

Contemporary art

Cubism such as Picasso and Braque

Digital photography

Erotic art such as Japanese shunga erotic prints

Expressionism such as Munch’s The Scream or Klimt’s The Kiss


Figurative art

Folk art


Graffiti (art)

Group portraits

History painting

Impressionism such as Degas’s ballet dancers or Monet’s Water Lilies


Islamic art

Kitsch, e.g. Jeff Koons

Landscape painting

Medieval art



Mixed media

Mobiles by Alexander Calder etc

Museum gift shops

Naive art such as Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings


Official portraits

Open air sculpture gardens

Outsider art


Performance art such as Yoko Ono’s cut dress


Pointillism, e.g. Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Pop art such as Andy Warhol’s soup cans

Portraits such as Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring

Post-impressionism such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Starry Night or Gauguin’s pictures of Tahiti

Pottery/ Ceramics

Pre-Raphaelites such as Millais’s Death of Ophelia


Public art galleries in this city/ country

Public sculpture in this city/ country

Ready-mades such as Duchamp’s urinal


Religious art, e.g, Madonna and Child, Annunciation, Descent from the Cross, or Adoration of the Magi

Renaissance painting such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, or Botticelli’s Birth of Venus

Renaissance sculpture such as Michelangelo’s David


Rodin’s The Thinker

Scroll paintings

Self-portraits such as Rembrandt’s

Semi-abstract art

Site-specific art

Solo shows

Some art that was banned/ censored

Still lives

Stone sculpture

Studio space for artists in this city

Surrealism like Salvador Dali’s dripping clocks or lobster telephone


The general public’s taste in art

The most famous artists from one particular country or period


Traditional art

Wall paintings

Water colours

Wildlife painting

Woodcut prints, such as Japanese ukiyoe

Wooden sculpture

YBAs such as Damien Hirst’s shark in a tank or Tracy Emin’s bed


Do the same, but this time flipping a coin to decide what opinion you and your partner should give.

Heads= positive opinion                                                        Tails = negative opinion

Heads = strong opinion                                            Tails = weak opinion

Heads = agree                                                          Tails = disagree

Heads = strong (dis)agreement                              Tails = weak (dis)agreement


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