Drawing vocabulary words connects an image to the foreign word in the brain. This process sticks the word into the memory for a longer time.
Do you know how to frame this activity in a lasting way? No worries! I’ve got you covered.
But first, why do I need to draw vocabulary words?
Drawing vocabulary words from memory shows what was learned. The drawing provides visual proof of:
- language skills
- and repeats the process.
Not only that, but the learner also listens, speaks, writes, and reads these words in Spanish.
This step reinforces the placement of vocabulary and grammar into the memory for the long term.
Want to describe art in Spanish?
You can use this article for the talking points for drawing.
Art Study in Spanish Steps
There are five steps to Art Study in Spanish. You’ve introduced and described an artwork in detail. Now, you’re ready to draw what you saw in the picture. Navigate the articles below to jump to another step.
Let’s look at the third step to describe art in Spanish, drawing vocabulary words – and what we can talk about for this step!
Drawing Words to Learn Spanish
You’ve been looking at an artwork and learning new words, phrases, and sentences to describe it. The artist, the artwork, the objects, the action, the story, and the elements of art have been named.
The question is do you remember it?
This next step puts your learning on display.
Step 3 – Drawing Details Memory
Length of time | 5 minutes
Now it’s time to put away the artwork.
This next step is all about pulling the words and images from the memory. This is very helpful for visual and kinesthetic learners.
Keep in mind, that this step is not about mastering art techniques or making a copy of the artwork. The purpose is to place the words and images into the brain.
Drawing Vocabulary Words to Learn Spanish
Before this, you have learned new vocabulary and reviewed words in your passive and active vocabulary. For this step, your memory is the only resource for your drawing.
Art Topics to Describe
— perfil del artista — artist’s profile
— descripción de la obra — description of the artwork
— el cuento — the story
— los elementos del arte — elements of art
You may mix drawings and written words that label the details if you desire.
Prompts and Questions to Draw Vocabulary Words in Spanish
— Dibuja la historia — Draw the story.
— ¿Puedes dibujar los elementos? — Can you draw the elements?
— ¿Qué ves en la memoria? — What do you see in your memory?
— Veo… — I see…
— ¿ Cuántos detalles hay en el dibujo? — How many details are in your drawing?
— Cuenta el número de detalles en el dibujo. — Count the number of details in the drawing.
Remember, the goal is to remember the vocabulary learned and strengthen the language skills in the process.
Want to draw vocabulary words in Spanish with more guidance?
Introducing… Art Study in Spanish
The Art Study in Spanish Bundle is your go-to resource for describing art in Spanish. You’ll have everything you need to describe an artwork in Spanish:
Resources to describe:
- the artist and artwork,
- the story,
- the element,
- the design principles of art,
- how you feel about the artwork in Spanish.
It is flexible to adapt to any learning style and proficiency level.
Each step lays out the questions and answer prompts. Your student can demonstrate their learning on an interactive worksheet.
Or you can pull together bits and pieces for talking about art on your own over time.
Drawing vocabulary words strengthens word knowledge, grammar, and language skills. And it’s a fun cultural experience too!
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