Describing art drawing games

Choose one of the words below and explain it without using any of the words in the box until your partner guesses which one it is.  

abstract/ non-figurative

atelier/ studio

 

automatic pencil/ mechanical pencil

average

 

baby word

 

broadsheet

 

canvas

 

caption

 

charcoal

 

chisel

 

comic

 

cop show

 

costume drama

 

couch potato

 

cubism

 

dish/ satellite dish

 

expand/ increase/ rise

expensive/ dear/ prohibitive

glossy

 

graffiti

 

ink

 

negative

 

paintbrush

 

palette

 

pointillism

 

pop video

 

portrait/ group portrait

positive

 

pot/ vase

 

Roman building/ Roman architecture

sculpture/ statue

 

semi-abstract

 

still life

 

stone

 

subtitles

 

sunflowers

 

tabloid

 

the box

 

the seventies

 

water lilies

 

weather forecast

 

wood

 

your stars/ star signs/ astrology

zapper

 

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

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 work out what it is. It might help if you draw it first somewhere your partner can’t see and then describe that drawing to them. Things you might want to mention:

       Shape

       Size

       (Usual) direction

       Positions

       Pattern

No pointing or gestures!

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

Tiny/ Miniscule/ Minute/ Microscopic

Huge/ Massive/ Gigantic/ Enormous

Fairly big

Life-sized

Medium-sized

Pretty small

Standing

Sitting

Lying (down)/ Reclining

Squatting

Leaning

Top right corner

Bottom edge

Right hand side

Centre/ Core

Platform/ Plinth

Stand

Base

Wide/ Width/ Broad/ Breadth

Narrow/ Narrowness

Long/ Length

High/ Height

Thick/ Thickness

Equilateral triangle

Semi-circle

Hourglass

Rectangle/ oblong

Ellipse/ oval/ egg shape

Diamond

Much wider

By far the tallest

A little bit thicker

On

Above

Under

In front of

Opposite

Behind

Near/ Close

Separate/ Distant

Adjacent/ Touching

Next to

Pyramid

Cone

Cut off cone

Tube/ Cylinder

Spiral/ Helix

Extended cube

Hemisphere

Straight

Zigzag/ Spiky

Parallel

Curve/ Bend

Wavy/ Wiggly

Vertical

Horizontal

Diagonal

At ninety degrees/ At right angles

At forty-five degrees

Transparent/ Translucent

Glowing/ Shining/ Emitting light

Reflective/ Glossy

Matt

Leaf

Pinecone

Twig

Bark

Stone

Ask your partner and then the teacher to explain any you don’t understand. Can you add any more to those categories?

Work together to quickly draw each of those things. Label each picture so your teacher can check.

Draw something that needs at least three things from the lists to describe and dictate 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. It’s not a guessing game, so you can mention what it is, its materials and colours etc – but no pointing or gestures!

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