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How to Inspire Students to Love Language and the Arts

Art instructor Antje Naumann does not just know a lot about paints, palettes, brushes and canvas. A talented and clever teacher, she also knows a bit about how to kill two birds with one stone. The former student and longtime dedicated art instructor of the Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule, an art school in Wiesbaden, Germany, sought to combine the joy of what she loves the most, painting, with the love of the English language. Having heard about the Kids’ English Idiom Art Contest 2012 and always looking for ways to inspire her young students, the artist from Saxony-Anhalt asked members of her weekly children’s art club to pick up their paintbrushes and depict English idioms, proverbs and sayings, both real as well completely made-up or imaginary. With this assignment, the students could learn basic art concepts as well as what an English idiom is in an entertaining, educational and inspirational way. The results were: lots of fun, lots of learning and lots of nice paintings.


Such is Life
Such is Life
Alma, age 8


Apple of My Eye
The Apple of My Eye / It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Evelyn, age 9



True Friends are Like Diamonds
True Friends are Like Diamonds
Mona, age 9

Give Peace a Chance
Give Peace a Chance
Alma, age 8

Precious but rare
Precious but Rare
Manal, age 9

Antje Naumann, whose motto is art is fun and the best game to play, no matter how old you are instructs art courses for inspiring artists of all ages in Leipzig and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as through distance education courses offered worldwide. She can be contacted through the Wiesbadener Freie Kunstschule.

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