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dateline: 07 June 2011

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Four-Year-Old’s Paintings Worth $10,000

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • heritage: that which is passed on from previous generations
  • exhibit: to show one’s art in a gallery or art show
  • impressed: very pleased with the quality or success of something
  • texture: the feel or consistency of something
  • canvas: the stretched out material that painters create their art on
  • innocent: young or inexperienced

Four-Year-Old’s Paintings Worth $10,000

Aelita Andre, a four-year-old of heritage is exhibiting her paintings at a gallery in New York. Nine of her paintings are on exhibit, and are for close to $10,000 each. The gallery is impressed by Aelita’s work, saying that the young artist understands texture and colour and that she has already developed a unique style. Aelita first exhibited in a Melbourne Gallery at the . Her parents are both artists, and they are also impressed by their daughter’s talent. Art critics are interested in how Aelita comes to the canvas with an innocent . When she was only two years old, she painted live for an audience in Hong Kong. Her art has been compared to Jackson Pollock’s. Others have called her Pee Wee Picasso.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Aelita Andre?
  2. How much is the young child’s art worth?
  3. Why does the report mention Jackson Pollock?

Discussion Question: Look up Aelita’s paintings online. Are you impressed, or do you think any young child could create similar artwork with the same supplies?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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