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Ecuador - Culture



Ecuador - Culture
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.34

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     challenging words:    riches, effective, writing, killing, religion, mainly, purpose, bands, history, artwork, schools, sculpture, religious, eventually, consider, artists
     content words:    Quito School, In Ecuador, South America, South American


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Ecuador - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     You know that there are many different art forms. How many can you think of? Painting, music, and writing are all forms of art. Think about how many different art forms you run into every day. From the actors on your favorite television show to your favorite bands and musicians, art is all around you. Now imagine if there were no artists. No television to watch, no books or magazines to read and no music. What would your day be like? Would you like life without artists?
 
2     Many artists of all kinds go to school to learn art. Actors go to acting schools and many musicians go to special music schools. Some artists learn how to make artwork for advertisements; others go to school to learn fine art. It's easy to think of fine art as art forms you'd find in a museum, things like painting, drawing, and sculpture. Many years ago, there was a world famous art school in Ecuador. This school was in Ecuador's capital city of Quito. Of course, it was named the Quito School of Art.
 
3     To understand the Quito school, you need to know some of Ecuador's history. Like many countries in the Americas, Ecuador was invaded by European settlers. In Ecuador, Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century. Why did the Spanish travel to South America? They went for many reasons, mainly to search for gold and other riches, and to take their religion to the South American natives. Religion was an important part of the Spanish explorations. To the Spanish, bringing the Christian religion to the natives gave purpose to their trips.

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