Focus: Reflection & Discussion
The activity below has been designed for the song "VINCENT" by Don McLean. Students engage into a brief discussion on the importance of art. Then, they answer a questionnaire, so they give the teacher an idea of how much they know about art. After that, they walk around and look at the walls, where pictures of different pieces of work by different artists have been posted on (including the one described in the lyrics). At this point, don't tell them anything but let them guess who painted what. Then, they are handed the lyrics (without the tittle) and try to guess who the song is about. After they listen to the song, they identify in the lyrics both the artist and the piece of work (at this point, allow them to refer to the pictures on the walls). In the end, they share how they feel about the song.