Describing architecture drawing games

Choose one of the boxes below and draw it until your partner guesses what your sketch is. You can use numbers and symbols, but no words or letters.  

(door) knob

 

(electrical) socket

 

apartment/ flat

 

armchair

 

balcony

 

bamboo

 

bathtub

 

bin/ trash can

 

blinds

 

bush

 

calligraphy

 

candle

 

caravan

 

carport

 

cellar/ basement

 

central heating

 

charcoal

 

coal fire

 

condominium/ condo

 

congestion

 

core

 

cot

 

cottage

 

detached (house)

 

double glazing

 

drive/ driveway

 

dump truck

 

fall apart

 

fireplace

 

flood/ flooding

fluorescent strip

 

fold

 

gate

 

green spaces

grill/ lattice

 

hedge

 

high rise flats

 

housing estate

hut

 

ivy

 

lift/ elevator

loft/ attic

mansion

mechanical pencil/ automatic pencil

mobile home/ trailer

 

peephole

 

radiator

 

ramshackle

 

recess

 

reed/ rush

 

scroll

 

semi-detached (house)

shower cubicle

 

shutter

 

skyline

 

skyscraper

 

smoke detector

 

straw

 

studio/ studio apartment/ studio flat

suburb(s)

 

terraced (house)

thatched (roof)

 

wardrobe/ closet

 

 

Choose one of the things above and draw it until your partner guesses. You can use numbers and symbols but no letters or words

Choose one of the things above and explain its appearance without mentioning its materials, colour or function so that your partner can draw it and guess what you are talking about. You might want to explain its shape, size, normal direction and positions. It might help if you draw it first somewhere your partner can’t see and then describe that drawing to them.

Draw lines across the list below to divide it into categories of language that is useful for describing buildings.

Wall

Top right corner

Back

Front

Roof/ Top

Entrance

Left hand side

Flat

Steep

Tiled

Thatched

Wide/ Broad

Narrow

Long

Tall/ High

Thin

Thick

Square

Semi-circle

Pentagon

Right angled triangle

Rectangle/ oblong

Ellipse/ oval/ egg shape

Diamond

Much wider

By far the tallest

A little bit thicker

On

Above

Under

In

In front of

Opposite

Behind

Next to

Pyramid

Cone

Arch

Cut off cone

Tube

Cube

Extended cube

Hemisphere

Spiral/ Helix

Transparent/ Translucent

Glowing/ Shining/ Lit up

Reflective

Straight

Zigzag/ Spiky

Parallel

Curve/ Bend

Bumpy/ Wavy/ Wiggly

Sand

Stone

Wood

Fabric

Glass

Brick

Vertical

Horizontal

Diagonal

At ninety degrees

At forty-five degrees

Stairs

Escalator

Elevator/ Lift

Ramp

Ask your partner about any of the words you don’t understand and ask them to explain in English.  

Work together to quickly draw each of those things.

Draw a building that you need at least three things from the lists to describe and explain it to your partner until they have drawn it correctly.

Choose one of the pictures on the page your teacher gives you that is easy to describe and do so until your partner has produced a reasonable picture of it. You can mention materials and colours this time if it helps.

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