Berlin, Germany

Artspeak: English as a Foreign Language Workshop

when 21 August 2023 - 24 August 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 390

English is the international language of art and can be read and heard in every art context, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to speak. In this workshop, students are invited to improve their language skills by analysing artworks in the classroom as well as visiting exhibitions and discussing ideas in the museum/gallery context.

Despite the dominance of English in the art world, many people still lack confidence when discussing complex ideas. This four-day workshop using Art English will give participants the opportunity to critically engage with images and exhibitions, discuss theories of art and articulate individual ideas.

The morning session will include classroom-based seminars analysing and exploring topics such as the museum and curating practices, language and art, or portraits and anti-portraits. Here we will look at a diverse selection of modern and contemporary artworks and focus on making logical arguments, defending theoretical positions, using socio-political vocabulary when forming opinions, and identifying the appropriate language for debating and disagreeing. Topics will relate to the exhibitions we visit in the afternoon. Participants will gather ideas in small teams or individually and later present them to the wider group.

In the afternoon session, language skills will be challenged within the real-world context of a gallery or a museum. It will involve getting to know the Berlin art scene through its galleries and museums, and discussing exhibitions in situ.

Course leader

Rosemary Hogarth. (

Course aim

By the end of the course students should have:

increased confidence when describing artworks
increased ability to express complex ideas
increased confidence in forming opinions and debating with other students
widened their vocabulary and become aware of any recurring grammatical errors

Fee info

EUR 390: course fee