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May 10, 2010

Not only did Picasso understand that creating art was a way of expressing himself, but also that he could communicate to individuals and the masses. And he did so not only through his art but through speaking Spanish and French.

I read the news last week that his latest painting auctioned for $106.5 Million. Boy oh boy, what would you and I do with that cash.

I will not discuss details of his biography here, since that is not my intent, but here you have…

7 ways of how you can use ART TO LEARN SPANISH, or other language…say, Picasso style, or not

  1. Start by making a list of vocabulary in English that interests you.  Or start by making a word list of things Picasso included in his paintings. i.e. mujer/woman; guitarra/guitar, etc.
  2. Write down the Spanish translations that you find on the web, or bilingual dictionary, on a separate piece of paper. / You can also try finding these words (translated or not) in bilingual art magazines, newspapers, or old books.
  3. Draw or paint over the surface of your choosing. i.e. acid free paper, canvas, photographs, wood panel, etc.
  4. Cut and paste your new vocabulary onto a canvas, paper, or any surface of your choosing.
  5. Make a collage of words out of it, by placing them in a way that you can easily find the translation for each, or
  6. Place only the new learned Spanish words in an order that makes sense to you.
  7. Title it, sign, and date your new vocabulary rich art piece.

You can try to auction your new art piece for a couple of million dollars, but if that does not work out, at least you’ve gained new vocabulary knowledge, created a piece of art that did not exist before, and found out that, yes, it is possible to learn Spanish while creating something for yourself in a methodical creative way.

What other ways do you propose to create art as you learn Spanish, or French, or…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. steffi permalink
    May 12, 2010 6:26 pm


    I am glad I found your blog tonight for two reasons:
    I started learning Spanish as a foreign language 3 years ago during my assistantship teaching German to English kids. But I kind of lost track because I was tied up in my exams. After the exams were over I thought about re-starting, so your blog inspired me to start now!

    The other thing is that I will be a language teacher soon and always looking am for ideas to make learning a language a good experience.

    thanks a lot for inspiring!!

    • May 13, 2010 2:01 pm

      Hola Stefanie! I’m glad this blog is serving its purpose to help you where ever you are 🙂 Feel free to email me if you have specific questions, or post them here and we all learn.

      best to you teaching and learning.

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